Derelict Space

Tag: Autonomy

The View from Vesuvius

by markdyal

The man who is free to obey the law is not free

The man who is free to do as he is told is not free

The man who is free to live according to the norms of a sociality created to ensure the thriving of slaves is not free

The man who knows that this is the case is a conflicted beast

And he is dangerous.

Make a Withdrawal

by markdyal

Q: What are banks for?

A: To make money.

Q: For the customers?

A: For the banks.

Q: How do banks make money?

A: Customers lend it to them, and they lend it to other customers, each time charging interest.

Q: How much interest?

A: It depends on the bank. They set the rate as a rate of profit.

Q: Why isn’t it my profit? It’s my money after all.

A: You make a profit as long as you don’t withdraw your money: usually around half of one percent.

Q: Why do I need a bank at all?

A: You have to pay for goods and services that will not take cash.

Q: Why won’t they take cash? It seems a system designed to guarantee the banks a profit.

A:

Q: And why would I need a bank if I didn’t want to withdraw my money?

A:

Q: Hello? Why would a bank not want me to withdraw my money?

A: Because if you withdraw it they can’t lend it to anyone else.

Q: And if I remove my money which has been lent to someone else?

A: The bank will give you someone else’s money.

Q: But suppose that person wanted his/hers too? What if everyone wanted his/her money at once?

A: It’s the theory of banking practice that they never would.

Adapted from G. Edward Griffin. The Creature from Jekyll Island and Punch.

From A Fallout’s Vantage Point

by D

“He who jumps into the void owes no explanation to those who stand and watch.”
Jean Luc Godard

Autonomy: A Project of Life

by ds1844

“Autonomy is a political body without organs; antihierarchical, antidialectical, antirepresentative. It is not only a political project, it is a project for existence. Individuals are never autonomous: they depend on external recognition. The autonomous body is not exclusive or identifiable. It is beyond recognition. As a body of workers, it breaks away from labor discipline; as a body of militants, it ignores party organization; as a body of doctrine, it refuses ready-made classifications.” Sylvère Lotringer & Christian Marazzi, The Return of Politics, 8.