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Saulius Užpelkis

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is London based independent militant researcher, contributing editor of a left-libertarian magazine 'Juodraštis' published in Vilnius, Lithuania and some-time translator. involved in various anti-capitalist initiatives across Europe trying to merge theory & praxis.

 

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yra Londone gyvenantis nepriklausomas ir karingai nusiteikęs tyrėjas bei kairiojo sparno libertarinio turinio žurnalo „Juodraštis“ (leidžiamo Vilniuje) vienas leidėjų, redaktorių, autorių, o kartais ir vertėjas. Jis aktyviai dalyvauja įvairiose antikapitalistinėse Europoje vykdomose iniciatyvose ir stengiasi išlaikyti teorijos ir praktikos vienybę savo veikloje.

 

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Beyond Production – The Expenditure / Some Considerations and Analytical Sketches
Written by Saulius Užpelkis   
Tuesday, 09 December 2008 17:56

(Short emphasis) it is reality of the struggle that produces theory.

  

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I will start from a very obvious albeit often neglected premise that culture has become a commodity. It is a fact, which would be very difficult to deny. Commodity aesthetics extends its border further and further into the realm of cultural industries. In other words we've been witnessing culturalization of commodity production. Moreover, linguistic labour is very important to capitalist economy in terms of shaping the mind-set in which a commodity (including cultural) can become desirable. Culture, wrote Debord some 40 years ago, became totally commodified and had to become the most famous commodity in the society of the spectacle.

  

It was predicted that culture in the second part of the 20th century (century of the future, as we called it) was destined to take up the major role in the economic development, which in the first half was done by an automobile. It probably has. 

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