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    Dada Lit

    I'm going to have to disagree here and say Negarestani is Dadaism for the 21st century. Whereas Dada was born as a reaction to a world war, Negarestani is born out of a reaction to the post(modern) world after 9/11--what we have here is a response to an enemy that is everywhere and nowhere (terrorism) and a darkness underwhelming and overcoming. So here we have the rise of theory-fiction, the absurdist response to a present that ALREADY blends truth and fiction a la Bush and Obama. To echo Nick Lands point that 'Jesus was, of course, history's most famous zombie" we can see once again the rise of a apocalyptic messianism, a demonic return of the Unreal which is appropriately expressed in today's Dadaists, Negarestani, Nick Land, and a host of other horror philosophers. As an aside, this reflects the change in horror films after 9/11 through torture porn (a play on Disaster porn)--which is a way of working through the fall of the Twin Towers through watching Saw. Can't we say that A Serbian Film, in all of its grotesqueness, is a perfect (if perverse) reflection of critique (or qritiq) today?
  2. No offense, but that's a worse form of scholarship that simply won't fly in any serious debate. I know people like to say the poverty = structural and leave it like that but saying the embargo causes mass deaths and that's a fact is nonstarter. Do you think poverty could've been a result of Castro's policies as well? Maybe because Cuba doesn't have the resources of other Latin American countries and can't generate substantial wealth in a neoliberal economy (note that doesn't judge whether neoliberalism is good or bad)? Maybe because Cuba just bet on the horse and lost a lot of money? Like, you are assuming a reverse causal arg to solvency that just doesn't seem to be the case here.
  3. Yeah I get that part , but why is it bad to identify the strongest links in a complex web? Like a tsunami in Japan could be because a butterfly's wings in New York but my money is on global warming.
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    Oh I guess my brain sort of just filled in the blank...
  5. I think you are probably thinking of Ernst Bloch's "Not Yet" while interesting is mostly uncardable (trust me, I've tried). I'm thinking about agambens notion of inoperability or maybe Negris work on the refusal of work vis a vis his reading of the biblical Job -- but when Spinoza declares 'we do not yet know what a body can do' (read Jairus Grove on this point" I think we do not yet know what a body politic can't do
  6. Can you point me in the direction of some books / articles I should look at then? Yeah I cut Theses on the Philosophy of History and the part of the backward-looking angels facing disaster and am 3/4 of the way through the Arcades Project. Thanks!
  7. I saw it a couple of months ago, forgot the team and forgot to get cites. The basic argument was that debate's conception of impacts is based upon a dialectical movement of time that assumes some sort of resolution or synthesis and the alternative was a suspension of that dialectic in order to pit the 'antithesis' of the alt's negativity against the 'thesis' aka 1AC. Impact was a sort of erasure of response-ability (and yes, they did say the word like that) towards the loss of "dignity" in events like the Holocaust and Slavery (temporal black holes). The alternative was described as a 'do nothing and wait because not even a god can save you now' (paraphrasing). I hope I described the argument well enough, haven't really ever heard anything like it before. It was based on Agamben (some Heidegger?) I think, used the phrases 'chronopolitics' and 'messianism'. Got lots of stuff to trade, please only PM me if you have the file.
  8. Yeah, but whats the impact to this? Like, I have a difficult time of imagining the alternative - whats a nonlinear way of approaching predictions / IR? I guess, but why not read a different K and then just 1-2 cards about risk then? What's the unique advantage of having this as a standalone K (I guess same questions as above). I mean, what if they say something like 'yeah, political science is not physics, but it's the best we can do with our limited set of information. Nuclear war of course isn't 100% likely and internal links are infinitely regressive--any scenario can be broken down to more and more internal links if you just think about it enough. Absent another way of understanding politics / IR, this is the best we can do precisely because the impact IS unknown but its unethical not to act.'
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    And Leap is the guy with the dreads right?
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    What about that guy that looks like Simone Weil that debated for Michigan(?) in college?
  11. I can't imagine this winning too many rounds. What is non-linear policymaking? This all seems pretty defensive to me.
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    Wilderson K

    Oh I think Carl Fitz judged me at Berkeley...he didn't really seem to pay attention to the round though. His RFD didn't make much (Low point win for us) either. How was he as a lab leader?
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