LAST SURVIVORS OR FIRST MUTANTS? – Notes on Surplus Population

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LAST SURVIVORS OR FIRST MUTANTS? [1]
Notes on Surplus Population

“For all I was the thing
in history –
the barbaric; the semi-barbaric; the savage
that was me”

– John La Rose

Writing in April 1975 the Race Today Collective reiterated to a bemused leftist, who accused them of touting the same views on unemployment as the then home secretary Keith Joseph, that they, on the contrary, were of the view that “capital seeks to create a reserve army of mobile labour in the whole world, and that the young black wageless are part of such a reserve army.”[2] This theme of the ‘black wageless’ had also been taken up by publisher and activist John la Rose who, in an earlier issue of Race Today, offered that the “wageless black youth, by withholding their labor, are challenging the rule of capital in a fundamentally revolutionary way”[3]. They were, La Rose contends, withdrawing from the work ethic and crucially, refusing to compete with their fellows and making a break with “mundane social conceptions”. The Race Today Collective may well have offered that amongst such ‘mundane’ social ideas were those often voiced by the mainstream left whom it contended was treacherous to the ‘wageless black youth’ demoting them from working class to lumpen status and unsuccessfully tempting them into ‘Right To Work’ marches. [Read more →]

Cut-Up-Marx 11-20

 

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Illustration by Matthieu Bourel

Cut-Up-Marx Eleven

An element of capital
Labour itself
– Existence –

Placed in
and in
the valorisation
process

The worker
only real in terms of
the dead fact

(p.98-97)

Cut-Up-Marx-Twelve

Use value
like the form
would be spoilt
without further work
in endless ways
as twist is turned
will make of it
once more
the earlier work
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Cut-Up-Marx Ten


Tearing down
of all this

Well-defined bounds

Existing needs

The deification of
national boundaries
as the object
of consumption

Subdue it
of its power
for the first time
this cycle
elevated
intellectual escape
self-justifying nothing

(p.99)

Cut-Up-Marx Nine

The method of plunder

must be production

There must be
robbery

There is a prevalent
property

The concentration
could introduce
a lonely
aid of serfs

The conquering people
answered
just as briefly
in the trivial form

(p.31)

Cut-Up-Marx Eight

The form
of the product
that binds
the tension
as an external
private interest

(p.67)

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