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Franco "Bifo" Berardi - The Uprising On Poetry and Finance

The Uprising is an Autonomist manifesto
for today’s precarious times, and a rallying cry in the face of the
catastrophic and irreversible crisis that neoliberalism and the
financial sphere have established over the globe. In his newest book,
Franco “Bifo” Berardi argues that the notion of economic recovery is
complete mythology. The coming years will inevitably see new surges of
protest and violence, but the old models of resistance no longer apply.
Society can either stick with the prescriptions and “rescues” that the
economic and financial sectors have demanded at the expense of social
happiness, culture, and the public good; or it can formulate an
alternative. For Berardi, this alternative lies in understanding the
current crisis as something more fundamental than an economic crisis: it
is a crisis of the social imagination, and demands a new language by
which to address it.

This is a manifesto against the idea of growth, and against the
concept of debt, the financial sector’s two primary linguistic means of
manipulating society. It is a call for exhaustion, and for resistance to
the cult of energy on which today’s economic free-floating market
depends. To this end, Berardi introduces an unexpected linguistic
political weapon–poetry: poetry as the insolvency of language, as the
sensuous birth of meaning and desire, as that which cannot be reduced to
information and exchanged like currency. If the protests now stirring
about the world are to take shape and direction, then the revolution
will be neither peaceful nor violent–it will be linguistic, or will not
be at all.

Publisher: Semiotext(e) / ISBN: 9781584351122
Medium: Book


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