Free Read: Bare Life and Money

This excerpt, from “Willing Slaves of Capital,” lays out an introduction to Frederic Lordon’s theory of money and currency.

“It is true that of all the desires it harnesses, capitalism begins with money – or rather with bare life, life in need of reproduction,” Lordon writes. “For, in a decentralised economy with a division of labour, material reproduction passes through the gateway of money.”

“Willing Slaves of Capital” was released earlier this month. According to the book’s description:

“Lordon brings to bear a ‘Spinozist anthropology’ that reveals the fundamental role of affects and passions in the employment relationship, reconceptualizing capitalist exploitation as the capture and remoulding of desire.

A thoroughly materialist reading of Spinoza’s Ethics allows Lordon to debunk notions of individual autonomy and selfdetermination while simultaneously saving the ideas of political freedom and liberation from capitalist exploitation. Willing Slaves of Capital is a bold proposal to rethink capitalism and its transcendence on the basis of the contemporary experience of work.”

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