Razmig Keucheyan is an assistant professor in sociology at the University of Paris-Sorbonne and the author of The Left Hemisphere
But I live and learn:
Like financialisation, militarisation is about reducing risk and creating a physical and social environment favourable to capitalist accumulation. They are a kind of “antibody” that the system secretes when a menace looms. This doesn’t necessarily take the form of shocks of the sort described by Naomi Klein in her book The Shock Doctrine: it is a more gradual process that slowly takes hold of every aspect of social life.
Nothing in the system’s logic will make it go away. A world of environmental desolation and conflict will work for capitalism, as long as the conditions for investment and profit are guaranteed. And, for this, good old finance and the military are ready to serve. Building a revolutionary movement that will put a stop to this insane logic is therefore not optional. Because, if the system can survive, it doesn’t mean that lives worth living will.
Seriously looking at the world through the wrong end of the telescope. Stil, Still!, believing that capitalism (and a lot of what he’s actually complaining about is markets, not capitalism) is something imposed in order to exploit scarcity. When it’s actually a response to scarcity. We don’t have a capitalism or market for seawater because there is no scarcity of it. It’s scarcity which is the original problem and that doesn’t go away simply because we use private property and voluntary collective action as a way of trying to deal with it.