We are killing off all of the rich, complex, crucial, fragile ecosystems and species that sustain us because we only look at the planet as a resource to be monetized, not to be protected. It’s insane.
The neoliberal era — the time when, we were repeatedly told, there was no alternative — has been characterised by a massive deterioration of social imagination, an incapacity to even conceive of different ways to work, produce and consume. It’s now clear that, from the start (and with good reason) neoliberalism declared war on this alternative mode of time. It remains tireless in its propagation of resentment against those few fugitives who can still escape the treadmill of debt and endless work, promising to ensure that soon, they too will be condemned to performing interminable, meaningless labour — as if the solution to the current stagnation lay in more work, rather than an escape from the cult of work. If there is to be any kind of future, it will depend on our winning back the uses of time that neoliberalism has sought to close off and make us forget.
∆ k-punk: The Collected and Unpublished Writings of Mark Fisher (2004-2016)
education needs to avoid spending its time and energy on disciplining students into embodying capitalist values of efficiency, productivity, and obedience. if we regard education as a fundamental public service that should be accessible to everyone, education is a commons. as any other commons, education should be protected and defended against the pressures of capitalism to privatize, own, or influence the exchange of knowledge in society
— Ruben Pater, CAPS LOCK