“… language as a means of production and circulation of goods.”

P48 “… language as a means of production and circulation of goods.”

P50 “… communication, the transmission of information, has become both a raw material and an instrument of work, just like electricity.”

P86 “… capital as social relationship …”

Marazzi C, Capital & Language: From the new economy to the war economy, trans’ Conti G, Semiotext(e), Los Angeles, 2008

Marazzi’s incredibly stimulating Capital and Language points towards a problem with our treatment of the objects whose (forced) circulation makes up so much the social action of capitalism. In that one the one hand they are language and on the other language is one of them (is just such and object).

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cybernetics contra hegemony

“Some people invoke the high technology of the world system of enslavement; but even, and especially, this machinic enslavement abounds in undecided propositions and movements that, far from belonging to a domaine of knowledge reserved for sworn specialists, provides so many weapons for the becoming of everybody/everything, becoming-radio, becoming-electronic, becoming-molecular… Every struggle is a function of all these undecidable propositions and constructs revolutionary connections in opposition to the conjugations of the axiomatic.”

Deleuze & Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus, 7000BC: Apparatus of Capture, p522

 

An ‘establishment’ as embedded leadership

“… “establishment” … conveys the meaning of leadership but also underscores its embedded nature. An establishment is not an external force but part of the make up of a community. … beside the tendency of an establishment to assume control, the way it does so and the way it exercises power is closely related to how a particular community functions and how it relates to wider society.”

Peter Van Nuffelen, ‘Episcopal Succesion in Constantinople (381-450 C.E.): The Local Dynamics of Power’, Journal of Early Christian Studies, 18.3, 2010.