Black Box: A Record of the Catastrophe, Volume 1

Because the serial failures of capitalism’s present crisis—economic, political, environmental—continue to batter the realm, Black field: A checklist of the Catastrophe is a tool for recording, studying, and transmitting occasions as they ensue. however it deals neither dire predictions nor fake hopes. as an alternative, it embraces the secret of what may transpire. The note “catastrophe” has no longer constantly signified “disaster”; through the 16th century, in particular in theater, it got here to intend “a reversal of what's expected.” Black Box is finally a documentary venture, a checklist of the disaster, yet it’s an open query the place the inquiry will take us. it can be a list of the disastrous finish. Or it can be a list of the turning.

The first quantity includes an eclectic yet obtainable number of reportage, interviews, letters, fragments, and theoretical responses from a few of the brightest minds in serious concept. Its authors have despatched dispatches from American criminal yards, the delivery graveyards of India, deadly out of the country drone moves, roads crisscrossing the Mississippi Delta, childhoods in progressive Zimbabwe, and kitchens the place undocumented staff wash dishes. by way of taking a extensive geographical and aesthetic stance, Black Box should be a constellation of rules and data that issues towards the future—whatever it could actually hold.

The Black field Collective emerged after a number of years of symposia, analyzing teams, summer season camps, wood-splitting, and barn-raising. The poets, newshounds, lecturers, metaphysicians, artists, and strategists of the collective assemble on a regular basis at a retired dairy farm within the foothills of the Cascade Mountains north of Seattle to discover cognizance, group, and the move of communizing/commonizing currents. Black Box is our first try and gather a critique that would wake up us from the dream international that's so successfully reproduced by way of capitalist culture.

“What occurs if you happen to stroll away? What occurs for those who don’t? Black Box is either a philosophy of the road and a poetics of progressive come across. I supply my ecstatic aid to its ‘curriculum of shocks.’ this can be a rare new magazine. each web page is voltage, orientation, verge.” —Bhanu Kapil, writer of Ban en Banlieue

“To imagine opposed to and past the human disaster that's capitalism, we have to holiday down partitions, open doorways, go thresholds, communize at any place we can—a black field now not as containment yet as point of interest of the stream of undefined, undefinable rupture.” —John Holloway, writer of Change the area with out Taking energy: The that means of Revolution Today

Black Box subverts the implicit schedule of such a lot media retailers to disclaim the reality or to distract us from it. The magazine investigates what's, an important step in the direction of knowing what must be.” —Gabor Maté, M.D., writer of In the area of Hungry Ghosts: shut Encounters with Addiction

Black Box is both our jointly written obituary or a time pill of capitalism in its dying throes. Let’s make it the latter.” —Will Potter, writer of Green Is the hot purple: An Insider’s Account of a Social circulate lower than Siege

“We basically exhibit the area what it truly is battling for, and awareness is anything that it has to obtain, whether it doesn't are looking to. The reform of attention is composed only in making the realm conscious of its personal recognition, in awakening it out of its dream approximately itself, in explaining to it the that means of its personal activities. Our entire item can merely be … to offer non secular and philosophical questions the shape reminiscent of guy who has turn into aware of himself.” —Karl Marx, writer of Capital: A Critique of Political Economy

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War had been key to life and death for the European state. If a state failed to improve its military power, it ceased to exist. Repeated war-making within the continent had gradually nurtured an intensive form of warfare whereby smallish armies and navies could pour intensive firepower onto the enemy. The coordination of disciplined infantry, cavalry, and artillery (initially archers, then cannon) created the battlefield impression of a war machine to their enemies. Technical improvements to guns on land and especially at sea came in rapid succession, and the cost of guns steadily declined.

In the process, it became merchant capitalism based on exploiting differences between prices in different parts of the world, often by monopoly. Two imperial trajectories were thus established, one centered on land war and directly ruled settler colonies, the other on navies to secure commercial monopolies and informal empire. Once the productivity of European settler farms and plantations generated profits recycled by the merchants to Europe (and Asia), the two became linked in a broader capitalist imperialism, outstripping the boundaries of any state.

Intensive firepower by small armies made for battlefield victories, but it did not make for postconquest states able to maintain day-to-day control over the population. There was almost seamless continuity between the second and third phases of imperialism for both Spain and England. In January 1492, Granada, the last Globalization imperially fractured 27 Moorish Kingdom of Spain, fell to Their Most Christian Majesties, Ferdinand and Isabella. Three months later, Christopher Columbus set sail for the Indies; in October, he found a continent blocking the way.

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