On the value of checklists, simplicity and complexity, and communism
The Communist Postscript, by Boris Groys (Verso, £12.99)
1. Attempt to make sense of argument that a) the “medium” of capitalism is money, and the “medium” of politics is language, but b) you can argue only in language, and not in money, “so” c) society must “become communist” before it can be “subject to criticism”…
…4. Admire some sardonic diagnoses, such as this on most “critical discourse in the West”: “Where are people not traumatised? [. . .] Where is the human not threatened by the machine? The answer is that this is the case everywhere. The sales potential of this critique is therefore potentially infinite.”
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