I didn’t realise these people were still out there

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.

11 thoughts on “I didn’t realise these people were still out there”

  1. So Much for Subtlety

    Razmig Keucheyan is an assistant professor in sociology at the University of Paris-Sorbonne and the author of The Left Hemisphere

    And the lesson, boys and girls, is don’t have a lobotomy. You need your Right Hemisphere too. Otherwise your career options will be somewhat limited. You may be stuck being an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Sorbonne.

  2. So Much for Subtlety

    Speaking of people none of us knew were still out there [*], and while this is a very important topic, I can’t help feeling that the bigger issue of the day is Julie Bindel’s insightful and nuanced digression on the subject of so-called lip stick lesbianism.


    Can we have a thread on that? And maybe more pictures so, you know, we can get to grips with the issue. I mean Rhianna and Shakira? I can just feeling the intersectionality underlying the post-colonial sexual dynamics of that pairing.

    [*] And needless to say La Bindel is way out there

  3. I dunno. Some parts of that is how I came to libertarianism: the State and its organs are the executive arm of the capitalist class. The state is not a friend of new entrants, markets or consumers. Liberty is pursued by limiting the role of these institutions of the State.

  4. So Much For Subtlety

    Samuel Bowles was awarded a Ph.D. for a thesis entitled The Efficient Allocation of Resources in Education: A Planning Model with Applications to Northern Nigeria

    Some things are self-refuting aren’t they?

  5. I’m confused by the references to militarism. The military is apparently looking at how catastrophes lead to violent problems, with a view to being better able to step in and solve those problems. This is bad, because it is done to enable capitalism to thrive.

    So, reducing violence and promoting economic growth are bad, because capitalist individuals benefit. What should be done instead, for crying out loud? Let anarchy and poverty run riot, because at least that way no rich men get richer?

  6. Yep
    Paris-Sorbonne’s still there.
    There’s still lots of them & they are outstanding.
    Alas the penalties of age. Now just a spectator sport.
    May account for the derangement of Paris-Sorbonne intellectuals.(male)

  7. Bloke in Central Illinois

    They certainly are out there, and they’re disproportionately professors in the “social sciences”, sucking furiously at the teat of the capitalist bitch they want to slaughter.

  8. Capitalist countries are famous for the effectiveness and aggression of their millitaries – take 1939 for example, when Britain and France went on the rampage against Germany.

  9. Strange post Tim – you spend the bulk of your time exposing someone whose ideas are very similar to the long discredited dogmas on display here – you only have to look at the Buzzfeed rankings for that man’s blog to realize how many adherents of this ideology are out there – and this kind of narrative is a staple of Sociology/Social policy/Gender Studies/ Womens Studies (Etc,etc) in every such course on offer anywhere in the world – so Yes, they are still out there, most definitely…..

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