The Capitalist Unconscious: From Korean Unification to by Hyun Ok Park

By Hyun Ok Park

The unification of North and South Korea is greatly thought of an unresolved and risky subject for the worldwide order, yet this publication argues capital has already unified Korea in a transnational shape. As Hyun okay Park demonstrates, instead of territorial integration and kin union, the capitalist subconscious drives the present unification, imagining the capitalist integration of the Korean peninsula and the Korean diaspora as a brand new democratic moment.

Based on huge archival and ethnographic examine in South Korea and China, The Capitalist Unconscious exhibits how the hegemonic democratic politics of the post-Cold struggle period (reparation, peace, and human rights) have consigned the rights of migrant laborers―protagonists of transnational Korea―to identification politics, constitutionalism, and cosmopolitanism. Park finds the riveting capitalist common sense of those politics, which underpins criminal and coverage debates, social activism, and media spectacle.

While rethinking the historic trajectory of chilly struggle industrialism and its next liberal direction, this booklet additionally probes stories of such key occasions because the North Korean and chinese language revolutions, that are necessary to migrants' reckoning with capitalist allures and communal probabilities. Casting capitalist democracy inside an leading edge framework of old repetition, Park elucidates the shape and content material of the capitalist subconscious at various historic moments and dissolves the fashionable competition between socialism, democracy, and dictatorship. The Capitalist Unconscious astutely explores the neoliberal present's earlier and introduces a compelling method of the query of background and contemporaneity.

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Badiou (2010) has approached communism as truth, that is, the utopian idea that is to be repeatedly put into practice despite its historical failures. For Badiou and his interlocutors repeated practice is a central concept for opening the dialectics of politics to indeterminacy beyond the earlier historical materialism. The notion of historical rupture that is intrinsic to the various postulations about the earlier socialism and the current neoliberal and financial capitalism is problematic. It is one thing to discern the new logic of capital accumulation.

Observers note that the mantra of mass power and collective struggle has been replaced by new ideals of personal responsibility, the capitalist unconscious—25 individual freedom, and liberty. According to Ranciere (1999, 2009), democracy has descended into consensus and differential inclusion of people without disruption to the social order, at the same time devolving from the people to the few, namely, the state, technocrats, and experts. Harvey (2011) has seen interests other than labor emerging to fight against the power of financial capital.

Hilferding located crisis in the dominance of finance capital that engenders disequilibrium between supply and demand, and figures imperialism as necessary to alleviate the crisis. In contrast, Lenin saw finance capitalists as parasites or rentiers whose speculative activities would arrest economic development, at the same time arguing that export of finance capital would lead to wars among imperialistic nation-states and thus intensify political and economic crisis and revolutionary struggle in advanced countries.

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