Morning Discussion

by Alice O'Connor, Jan 19, 2011 5:00am PST

Be honest--you're excited about Deus Ex: Human Revolution, aren't you? You might pretend you're too bitter and jaded and insist that it'll never live up to the original and it's a cash-in and you just know it'll be disappointing but deep down inside, you're ridiculously excited. You can't deny that you peek at the cinematic trailer every now and then, or that you didn't audibly cry "TAKE ME NOW, FOR I NOW KNOW BLISS!" when you read PC Gamer's recent preview covering augmentations and inventory Tetris. You can't. The more you hear, the more you want Human Revolution.

Or maybe that's not what you think. Perhaps I'm forcing my words into your mouth. But that's okay, because I'll still pretend that deep down inside you're all excited about it too. The original Deus Ex is still one of my favourite games and if I'm getting this excited about a game I've never played, blindly raising my expectations, well, I'm really setting myself up for a fall. If I can pretend you're this excited too, though, I can find comfort in the imagined solidarity. So yes, you want it. Because I need you to. I'm glad we settled that.

  • SpaecKow, I figured I'd move to the active chatty...


    Yes I quite enjoyed the post itself. You have a compelling and concise style, which is admirable, as is your ability to adopt the language of "The Movement" :P

    Marx predicted a tendency for the rate of profit to fall, considering it an inexorable law of motion in the capitalist system (and one of the key reasons capitalism must eventually self-destruct). Since surplus value comes only from labour, and the rate of profit is (generally) the surplus value divided by total capital, as production becomes increasingly mechanized (as it has over the last 150 years), the amount of total capital tends to rise faster than surplus value, leading to a secular tendency for the rate of profit to decline. Marx was a smart dude, but the FROP was not one of his best moments, as a study of historical data will reveal (though die-hard Marxists like Anwar Shaikh would vehemently disagree).

    Yeah too bad about the revolution. But perhaps it defeated itself because it wasn't as inevitable as Marx first prophesied. Marxists make a huge stink about how modern economics is based on the individual. Instead, of course, Marxists claim that incentive and market forces are governed by class - the struggle between workers (who share incentives and goals) and owners of the means of production (who are similarly homogeneous?). The problem is that this is just as "simplistic" and distorted an assumption as the rational individual. Until both market power/class AND individual incentive are brought into the core models, nobody will have reliable explanatory or predictive success.