Essential Powers of Man

This video segment complements the 2014 English-language edition of History and Obstinacy by Alexander Kluge and Oskar Negt, edited by Devin Fore and translated by Richard Langston (Zone Books).


See Chapter 1: The Origins of Labor Capacities in Separation (The Permanence of Primitive Accumulation), especially the sections “Different Forms of Property” (pp. 81-83) and “Man’s Essential Powers” (p. 88).

See Commentary 8: The Loss of Reality/The Loss of History: “The Landscape of Industry is the Open Book of Human Psychology” (pp. 242-46).

History and Obstinacy