The Black Bloc Which Was Not: Comments in the lead up to the Hamburg G20

Members of the 'black bloc' or fictional characters in a film? In the 1 July copy of the German newspaper Taz one finds the statements of two leftist organizations – Campact and Interventionistische Linke  – each of which expresses their desire to be distanced from anything seen as ‘criminal’, and especially anything that can be associated with … Continue reading The Black Bloc Which Was Not: Comments in the lead up to the Hamburg G20

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Call for Submissions, Hostis Issue 3: Fuck The Police

The Police = The Enemy We are persuaded by the Situationist belief that all good critiques can be boiled down to a slogan. Those for our issue? “All Cops Are Bastards.” “Fuck The Police.” “Off the Pigs.” “Fire to the Prisons.” The job of the police is to put everything and everyone in its proper … Continue reading Call for Submissions, Hostis Issue 3: Fuck The Police

HOSTIS: A Short Introduction to the Politics of Cruelty

[This is a brief excerpt from the introduction to Hostis Issue 1. A PDF of the full issue can be found here.] THE PROBLEM with the social is not that it fails at its intended goals. There is no use in disputing the advances in education, science, or medicine brought by scientific planning of the … Continue reading HOSTIS: A Short Introduction to the Politics of Cruelty

‘5 Theses on the Politics of Cruelty’ – Hostis: A Journal of Incivility

(A preview from the forthcoming Issue of Hostis: A Journal of Incivility) I). The politics that seduces us is not ethical, it is cruel. We contrast the politics of cruelty to the politics of ethics. Ethics goes all the way back to the Greeks, whose ethics was the study of ‘the good life.’ Our interests … Continue reading ‘5 Theses on the Politics of Cruelty’ – Hostis: A Journal of Incivility

The War Machine Is Not Your Friend: Notes on Minoritarian Politics

(Part II of an ongoing project on Clastres, D&G, and revolutionary politics. Additionally, I am indebted to Andrew Culp for the formulation that serves as the introductory section title for this post.) /0/. The Most Savage Fruit of Alienation Despite the revolutionary promise of the nomadic war machines relation to the State, Deleuze and Guattari are … Continue reading The War Machine Is Not Your Friend: Notes on Minoritarian Politics

Hostis Vol. 2 CFP – ‘Beyond Recognition’

Seeking recognition is always servile. We have little interest in visibility, consciousness raising, or populist pandering. Recognition always treats power as a give-and-take. On the one hand, the dispossessed use recognition as respite from exploitation; while on the other, the State expects its authority to be recognized as the first and final say. According to … Continue reading Hostis Vol. 2 CFP – ‘Beyond Recognition’

Hostis: A Journal of Incivility – Now Available

It was great to get to work with AC over at AwC on this project – a huge thanks to AC as well for doing a huge chunk of the work in putting this journal together. Snag yourself one of the sandpaper cover copies (limited to 100) while you still can.

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Our journal ‘Hostis’ is now available via Little Black Cart. Thanks to our publisher Ardent Press. The first 100 copies of this journal have been printed with sandpaper covers (they couldn’t do more because it was chewing up the equipment).

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Hostis is a negation. It emerges devoid of ethics, lacking any sense of democracy, and without a care for pre-figuring anything. Fed up with the search for a social solution to the present crisis, it aspires to be attacked wildly and painted as utterly black without a single virtue.

In thought, Hostis is the construction of incommensurability that figures politics in formal asymmetry to the powers that be.

In action, Hostis is an exercise in partisanship – speaking in a tongue made only for those that it wants to listen. This partisanship is neither the work of fascists, who look for fights to give their limp lives temporary jolts of…

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