Tag: accumulation

The end of the “start-up” era

24 March, 2022 · Critique of ideology · TV

Scene from "Super Pumped". A sour tale about the start up world based on Uber's story.
Scene from "Super Pumped". A sour tale about the start up world based on Uber's story.

In TV series, Silicon Valley “entrepreneurs” and their startups are no longer heroes but villains. The same media that created the ideology of “changing the world” and the myth of “good” technology monopolies, now rebukes and satirizes it. Underneath the ideological turn is, unsurprisingly, the reorientation of capital towards militarism and the Green Deal.

New European Bauhaus

22 September, 2021 · Architecture

Hamburg project of a 65m wooden "skyscraper", one of the star projects of the New European Bauhaus.
Hamburg project of a 65m wooden "skyscraper", one of the star projects of the New European Bauhaus.

The European Commission misses no chance to stress that the New European Bauhaus is “the soul” and “the dream” of the European Green Deal. It has just approved an additional 85 million euros to “create a new, inclusive and affordable lifestyle with less CO2”. But what is the New European Bauhaus? Where do they want us to live? Wooden skyscrapers? Prefabricated houses that can be assembled in 24 hours? Cardboard cabins?

The war of the chips and the contradictions of capitalism

17 June, 2021 · Global situation

Printing chips on silicon
Printing chips on silicon

Chips are in short supply. The production chains of the semiconductor sector, have been in crisis for several months. Industrial branches that depend on electronic components – 60% of all factories in some French regions, for example- report that they are suffering from critical shortages and automotive production lines are forced to slow down their production. Producers of microprocessor manufacturing machinery and other components are running out of capacity. And this situation will last for long.

Territorial inequality: the wealth of regions and the lies of nationalism

27 May, 2021 · Marxism

Industrial ruins are becoming more common as territorial inequality rise.
Industrial ruins are becoming more common as territorial inequality rise.

Income distribution data in Europe show increasingly worrying patterns of territorial inequality apparently condemning whole regions to rural depopulation and massive and eternal unemployment. Local nationalisms and regionalisms use these differences to justify their aspirations. But neither the cause of the problems resides in a territorial conflict nor does the solution lie in gaining “levels of statehood” or “a voice in the capital city”.