Chapter

On Cunning Automata

Financial Acceleration at the Limits of the Dromological

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EXCERPT

Contemporary representations of finance are anything but complimentary. Chief amongst them is the image of ‘casino capitalism’, a popular ideologeme in the post-2008 media ecosystem of financial paranoia and fiscal crisis. While the term might serve some rhetorical purpose for the tattered remnants of what was once the left, it occludes the complexity, sophistication, and political centrality of the financial system in post-Fordist capitalism. Moreover, it inevitably misses the relationship that actually obtains between gambling and finance: in this figuration, who are the punters and who is the house?…