Mark Fisher | From “Postcapitalist Desire: The Final Lectures” (Libidinal Marxism)

Lecture Five: Libidinal Marxism   5 December 2016   MARK FISHER: OK, what did you make of Lyotard? [Student], I know you’re introducing it, but what did other people make of the text? STUDENT #1: Difficult. MF: You thought it was difficult? OK. You thought it was more difficult than anything we’ve done so far? Maybe not more than the Lukács… STUDENT #1: Yeah. I don’t know… MF: It’s a loaded question… STUDENT #1: I just felt like I got quite lost in it… MF: OK, did anyone else feel that way…? (General chatter.) STUDENT #1: I couldn’t figure out…

Claire Fontaine | Human Strike Within The Field Of The Libidinal Economy

  The possibility of keeping together autonomy and an affective life is a tale that hasn’t been written yet. – Lea Melandri, Una visceralità indicibile, 2007   In 1974 François Lyotard published the surprising book entitled Libidinal Economy where he attacked Marxist and Freudian simplifications and he opened a new perspective on the connection between desires and struggle. What starts to crumble at that time under the offensive of the two essential weapon-books by Deleuze and Guattari Anti-Oedipus and A Thousand Plateaus is the fetishisation of consciousness as the organ that will lead the revolution. As the myth of the…