A Shout-out to Surplus Thought


Sometime last week I went through the archives of a brilliant blog called Surplus Thought. Sadly, it is no longer active; if it were, I would want to be one of its contributors. It blends Lacanian Marxism with an activist conscience, specifically concerning the nation of Turkey. I highly recommend it to those looking for an accessible blend of theory & economics.

In particular, I want to bring attention to a three-part series which looks at the economics & politics of health care in terms of Lacan’s four discourses, plus his male & female sexuation formulas. It was written in 2007, but seems to be still quite relevant, especially given the recent debate in the USA about ‘Obamacare’. What it lacks in abstruseness it makes up for in accessibility, so that someone like me who has neither read The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis (yet) nor researched the American health care industry, can understand it. Its initial entry is called Health Care and the Community Economy: Towards an Ethics of Surplus and Geography of Sufficiency and can be located here. Parts II & III can be located here and here, respectively. (Note: the links at the bottom of each essay don’t work.)

In short, these are exactly the sort of essays that I want to be able to write. I want to extend my deepest thanks to Stephen Healy, the author of the aforementioned essays, as well as his coauthors; it’s thanks to you and other people like yourselves, who are able to make the driest elements of economics ‘sexy’ by injecting them with recondite theory, that people like myself who would much rather focus on abstractions rather than particulars are given an excuse to learn about these otherwise dreary subjects.

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About Graham Joncas

We are a way for capital to know itself.

Posted on July 25, 2011, in Economics, Politics, Psychoanalysis, Review and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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