The Reality Of Destitution is the Destitution of Reality: Notes for a Genealogy of Destituent Power

(trans. There are no people. There are only classes. Fuck the bourgeoisie!) [[ What follows is a draft of a longer essay yet to be written on the genealogy of destituent power covering Bataille, Blanchot, and Tronti, as well as Agamben and the Invisible Committee ]] During the 1970s, in Europe, a disenchanted but not hopeless … Continue reading The Reality Of Destitution is the Destitution of Reality: Notes for a Genealogy of Destituent Power

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How Many Breakdowns For Every Breakthrough?

(tr. generation collapse) Ultimately, one escapes from the structuralist impasse by recognizing that an effect of meaning only has repercussions at the level of the signified in so far as potentialities of subjective action are liberated, once there is a breach in the signifier...The machinic breakthrough, waiting, masked by the structure, is the subject in … Continue reading How Many Breakdowns For Every Breakthrough?

‘Desire Never Stops Investing History’

What is the relationship between machine and structure? What is it that differentiates a line of flight from becoming a pure line of death? Now, however unhelpful as it may seem, a perfectly adequate to answer to these questions would be the difference between the nature of the possible and desire’s orientation toward the virtual … Continue reading ‘Desire Never Stops Investing History’

What is it to Live and Think like Gilles Châtelet?

- What is To Live and Think Like Pigs about? [Châtelet:] It’s a book about the fabrication of individuals who operate a soft censorship on themselves...In them, humanity is reduced to a bubble of rights, not going beyond strict biological functions of the yum-yum-fart type. . .as well as the vroom-vroom and beep-beep of cybernetics and … Continue reading What is it to Live and Think like Gilles Châtelet?

1968–2018: plus ça change, plus c’est la même(?)

[[ Draft of a forthcoming article for La Deleuziana's special issue commemorating 50 years since 1968 ]] Prefatory note: Part of the impetus for this essay was the Badiou quote, which appeared on the CFP for the Double Binds of ‘68 conference, which took place on the 29th-30th of September in 2018. The quote in … Continue reading 1968–2018: plus ça change, plus c’est la même(?)

May 1, 1977: “Taksim Square had become a battleground”

Taksim Square (May 1, 1977) [An excerpt from Sakine Cansiz's memoir Sara: My Whole Life Was A Struggle]  The days crawled by, and May 1 [1977] approached. We decided to celebrate the workers' holiday here in [the Buca] prison and discussed the program. In the outside world, preparations were running full steam ahead. In Istanbul all the leftist … Continue reading May 1, 1977: “Taksim Square had become a battleground”

Au Revoir Aux Enfants… de Mai! (Abstract)

working draft of an abstract for a conference on May 1968 In the December of 1968, Maurice Blanchot issued a warning that was to be repeated in the years to come: “May, a revolution by idea, desire, and imagination, risks becoming a purely ideal and imaginary event if this revolution does not...yield to new organization … Continue reading Au Revoir Aux Enfants… de Mai! (Abstract)