afrofuturism and accleratism….

marx and the trouble he himself has caused… generatively: and the problem of the definition of ‘class’.

1. C-M- C


2. M-C-M:

1. = the power structure which keeps proles proles

2. = the power structure which keeps the bourgeoisie the bourgeoisie….

remember marx’s definitive definition of capital:

the complete form of capital =

capitalist M-C-M happens when, and only when, M = M’ = M + delta M = surplus value.

3. only those who are able to ‘participate’ in the generation of M’ can be considered capitalists. everyone else is a non-capitalist, by definition. and we are the vast majority. therefore, the proletariat, the working class, are all those who are unable to generate M’. therefore… and this is the force of the history of consciousness – ‘politics’ means cohering ‘us’ proles in a common cause, because we all inhabit the same oppressed class, no matter how much money we do or don’t make, relative to the so called, 1%.

4. IF, therefore, those of us who have no access to generating M’, begin to understand that, then we should reasonably come to together to fight against the generators of M’.

as a kind of seque to culture, i submit the following in response to our reading group:

the posts below comes from mackenzie wark’s recent article on the topic, @ []  which i find annoying in many ways, [having once been a student of cyborgism and haraway], but which does do the job of remembering important left out historical moments in the history of music…  a bit of which i’ve included below. and thanks goes to gerrie van noord for sending this on to me. [] and thus all the more reason to be reading in depth, capital, cover to cover, thanks to michael c.


and when you have 3 hours…. and, the least that we can do is take 3 hours… which many of us have never have had… to even re-listen to what we already know.

afrofuturism and accleratism….


– a recipe for fascism? …

“From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land.
From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first, America first.”


“At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other.
When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.

The Bible tells us: “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.”

We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity.

When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.

There should be no fear – we are protected, and we will always be protected.

We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement and, most importantly, we are protected by God.”



The Trump Administration will be a law and order administration. President Trump will honor our men and women in uniform and will support their mission of protecting the public. The dangerous anti-police atmosphere in America is wrong. The Trump Administration will end it.

Our country needs more law enforcement, more community engagement, and more effective policing.

Our job is not to make life more comfortable for the rioter, the looter, or the violent disrupter. Our job is to make life more comfortable for parents who want their kids to be able to walk the streets safely. Or the senior citizen waiting for a bus. Or the young child walking home from school.

Supporting law enforcement means supporting our citizens’ ability to protect themselves. We will uphold Americans’ Second Amendment rights at every level of our judicial system.


it can’t happen here: for dennis, mary jo, sherry – radical classical opera – as great as the pornographic supreme court case against james joyce’s novel, ulysses

one of the great all time premonitions:

the unorthodox, un-recorded-studio-cleansed, version, still in its ‘original’ avant-garde form: and therefore, with all it’s artistry and emotion, still in tact, as ‘high classical art’: think varese.

and, then, the more popularized version…

the james joyce sequel:

and if anyone wants to follow up, with intelligence, then one, and only one follow-on from this thread would be to listen to:

and for those who need the authorization of the classical tradition, there is always boulez’s versions of zappa, that to my ear, strip him of his brilliance, but worth listening to:

it can’t happen here: for dennis, mary jo, sherry – radical classical opera – as great as the pornographic supreme court case against james joyce’s novel, ulysses

Trump’s ‘inauguration’ in laural canyon’s pandora box: a distanced ‘truth’ – zappa is more homer than the false ‘dylan’.

zappa again and again…


a pop rendition illustrated by fans:

the ‘classification’ of zappa…

and one version an intelligent popularization:

and one example of his widespread influence:

Počátky The Plastic People of the Universe

the point being: how influential he was. zappa was classical/rock/punk/theater/etc. like no other. he eschewed categories. he was brechtian and artaudian and himself.but mostly, he was one of the best critical prophets of ‘america’. he’s nietzcheian…

and another widespread brilliant rendition:

Plastic People of the Universe-Podivuhodný Mandarin

and, the ‘original’ again…

performance is one version… then there are the recordings… rock/jazz/punk/industrial is the result:

and then… the blend… using his band in the long tradition of medley. anyone who knows music will hear how extraordinary this work is. including this work’s politics. it was ‘postmodern’ before that term was available. zappa should have won the noble prize for literature. far more than dylan.

the more palatable king kong…

and then there is this spectacular german version:

the kinder version: and a refusal: and deliberate offense: and… superb musicality – the refusal to conform, as critique – the multiplicities of king kong – if listeners can hang in there:

and then…

even boulez conducted zappa. to come soon. meanwhile:

Trump’s ‘inauguration’ in laural canyon’s pandora box: a distanced ‘truth’ – zappa is more homer than the false ‘dylan’.

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roman de salvo

an apology: i’m new to the blogosphere, and haven’t worked out the tech completely. earlier today i somehow found a link to ‘comments’, which i didn’t know existed. and i haven’t been able to find my way back to that link… before anyone thinks i’m not tech savvy, i want to reassure you that i was, once.

once upon a time: i ‘was there’ in 84 in SF when digital tech entered the university for the first time. about 10 years before john perry barlow’s very naive declaration of independence of cyberspace, which i opposed at that time in a publication in an obscure, ‘university’-specific publication, in an article called: Technophilia vs. Technophobia. It was around that same time i curated a small show that was  meant to challenge the term, ‘cyberspace’, which seemed to me was an unfortunate technophiliac interpretation of gibbson’s far more challenging, distopic coinage. barlow, i suppose it should be said, went on to redeem his naivety by cofounding the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which today is a very important organization waging major battles to keep the internet ‘independent’.

but back to my intent in this post: so, i’m new to the blog format/tech, and have yet to figure out a few things. this blog is meant to be a non-blog, i suppose, and non-public. so i haven’t attempted to work out all the bell and whistle possibilities. i’ll attempt to get more up to speed on the tech in the new year, as it suits me.

but i do want to thank those of you who have paid attention to my blog dadadata/datadada sensibility. particularly to michael s. moore, peter cyote, gerrie van noord, and alf loehr. if i could find your comments, i would certainly respond….







to the several who have read and commented: the burning hydrant