Cryptocommunism MARK ALIZART Translated by Robin Mackay Cryptocurrencies are often associated with rightwing political movements, or even with the alt-right. They are the preserve of libertarians and fans of Ayn Rand and Friedrich Hayek. With their promotion of anonymity and individualism, there’s no doubt that they seamlessly slot into the prevailing antiState ideology. But Mark Alizart argues that the significance of cryptocurrencies goes well beyond cryptoanarchism. In so far as they allow us ‘to appropriate collectively the means of monetary production’, to paraphrase Marx, and to replace ‘the government of persons by the administration of things’, as Engels advocated, they form the basis for a political regime that begins to look like a communism which has at last come to fruition – a cryptocommunism. 190 x 124mm • 135 pages • UK July 2020, US September 2020 HB • 978-1-5095-3857-7 • £35.00 / $45.00 / €42.90 PB • 978-1-5095-3858-4 • £9.99 / $12.95 / €12.90 ebook available See also Dogs, p. 2.
Future Metaphysics ARMEN AVANESSIAN Translated by James Wagner ‘Neither old certitudes nor new technologies will save us from the threats of the Anthropocene. In this book, Armen Avanessian issues a ringing call for renewed metaphysical speculation, so that we may at least be equal to the crises that confront us.’ Steven Shaviro, Wayne State University ‘Employing a new and inventive style to reintroduce the contemporary reader to metaphysics, Armen Avanessian avoids aphorisms, opting rather for what could be called skylights of thought. These testify, little by little, to a panoramic intelligence seeking to capture our crumbling present.’ Quentin Meillassoux, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne 190 x 124mm • 176 pages • UK & US November 2019 HB • 978-1-5095-3796-9 • £35.00 / $45.00 / €42.90 PB • 978-1-5095-3797-6 • £9.99 / $12.95 / €12.90 ebook available
The Second Coming FRANCO ‘BIFO’ BERARDI In this book, Franco Berardi guides the reader through a wry, dark, disconcerting but also brilliant and invigorating journey through the recent upheavals that we have witnessed. He argues that if our world is dead, then the space is open for another to appear – a world where apocalypse can shake us out of our contemporary zombie-like existence. 190 x 124mm • 160 pages • 2019 HB • 978-1-5095-3483-8 • £40.00 / $49.95 / €48.90 PB • 978-1-5095-3484-5 • £9.99 / $12.95 / €12.90 ebook available
Narcocapitalism Life in the Age of Anaesthesia LAURENT DE SUTTER Vrije Universiteit Brussel ‘This fascinating book can be read in many ways: as a short history of modern psychopharmacology, as a theory of contemporary politics as anaesthesia of the social body, as a philosophical breakthrough on the ontological dimension of depression. It should be on the must-read list of every philosopher, psychoanalyst or social activist interested in experiencing the excitement of a true intellectual adventure.’ Franco Berardi, author of The Uprising and Heroes 190 x 124mm • 144 pages • 2017 HB • 978-1-5095-0683-5 • £40.00 / $49.95 / €48.90 PB • 978-1-5095-0684-2 • £9.99 / $12.95 / €12.90 ebook available See also After Law, p. 30.
The Playstation Dreamworld ALFIE BOWN Hang Seng Management College, Hong Kong ‘If you ever asked yourself what Freud and Lacan would think if they had a chance to play video games, Alfie Bown gives you the answer. As a passionate gamer and a playful philosopher, he succeeds in showing not only why video-games matter but why they might carry subversive potential. This exciting psychoanalysis of video games shows why Pokémon GO and other games were only the beginning of a brave new world.’ Srec ’ ko Horvat 190 x 124mm • 160 pages • 2017 HB • 978-1-5095-1802-9 • £40.00 / $49.95 / €48.90 PB • 978-1-5095-1803-6 • £9.99 / $12.95 / €12.90 ebook available
Xenofeminism HELEN HESTER University of West London ‘Postfeminism is over: welcome xenofeminism! Blunt, uncompromising, and often controversial. This is the missing link between radical feminism from the 1970s and contemporary cyborg, trans and queer languages of emancipation. Love it, hate it, but read it.’ Paul B. Preciado, University of Paris VIII 190 x 124mm • 176 pages • 2018 HB • 978-1-5095-2062-6 • £40.00 / $64.95 / €48.90 PB • 978-1-5095-2063-3 • £9.99 / $12.95 / €12.90 ebook available
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