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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What would it mean to love as a Communist? To love as a comrade?

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a modified excerpt from a forthcoming publication of a roundtable discussion with Jules Joanne Gleeson, Andrew Culp, and myself. The full transcript can be found here. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- We must remember that only a code of sexual morality that is in harmony with the problems of the working class can serve as an … Continue reading What would it mean to love as a Communist? To love as a comrade?

‘June, 1972 & A chief who does not command:’ Clastres/Deleuze/Guattari

(part I of an on going research project on political anthropology, D&G, Clastres, etc.) “Primitive society has always been considered a place of absolute difference in relation to western society, a strange and unthinkable space of absence - absence of all that constitutes the observers’ socio-cultural universe: a world without hierarchy, people who obey no … Continue reading ‘June, 1972 & A chief who does not command:’ Clastres/Deleuze/Guattari

The Circulation of Desire: The Emergence of Underground Music Culture In The 1970’s and Deleuze and Guattari (Part I)

(A project which is a few years old, but have been meaning to return to) The project embarked upon by Michel Foucault in The History of Madness was an archeological understanding of the transition/translocation of the ‘madman,’ from the Classical to the Modern age; from the outer reaches of society to their confinement in prisons … Continue reading The Circulation of Desire: The Emergence of Underground Music Culture In The 1970’s and Deleuze and Guattari (Part I)

When Local Knowledge Means Autonomy

"An aerial view of a town built during the Middle Ages or the oldest quarters (medina) of a Middle Eastern city that has not been greatly tampered with has a particular look. It is the look of disorder. Or, to put it more precisely, the town conforms to no overall abstract form... The fact that the layout of … Continue reading When Local Knowledge Means Autonomy

The Tragic Community: Nietzsche and Philosophy as A Treatise on Politics (Part II)

“When someone asks “what’s the use of philosophy?” the reply must be aggressive, since the question tries to be ironic and caustic. Philosophy does not serve the State or the Church, who have other concerns. It serves no established power. The use of philosophy is to sadden. A philosophy that saddens no one, that annoys … Continue reading The Tragic Community: Nietzsche and Philosophy as A Treatise on Politics (Part II)