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[liberationtech] Capital, State, Empire by Scott Timcke

Christian Fuchs christian.fuchs at
Wed Aug 2 08:38:40 PDT 2017

Capital, State, Empire: The New American Way of Digital Warfare
Open Access book by Scott Timcke
Part of the Critical, Digital and Social Media Studies series edited by 
Christian Fuchs
University of Westminster Press

Free download, affordable paperback:

The United States presents the greatest source of global geo-political 
violence and instability. Guided by the radical political economy 
tradition, this book offers an analysis of the USA’s historical impulse 
to weaponize communication technologies.

Scott Timcke explores the foundations of this impulse and how the 
militarization of digital society creates structural injustices and 
social inequalities. He analyses how new digital communication 
technologies support American paramountcy and conditions for worldwide 
capital accumulation. Identifying selected features of contemporary 
American society, Capital, State, Empire undertakes a materialist 
critique of this digital society and of the New American Way of War. At 
the same time it demonstrates how the American security state represses 
activists—such as Black Lives Matter—who resist this emerging security 
leviathan. The book also critiques the digital positivism behind the 
algorithmic regulation used to control labour and further diminish 
prospects for human flourishing for the ‘99%’.

Capital, State, Empire contributes to a broader understanding of the 
dynamics of global capitalism and political power in the early 21st century.

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