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?

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‘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’

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)

Strike Till Retirement (notes on Precarias a la Deriva’s ‘A Very Careful Strike’)

[Note on the translators introduction: Crucial for our understanding of the particular fusion of political activity with knowledge production that comes out of Precarias a la Deriva is their novel use of the Situationist derive. As they note in ‘First Stutterings of Precarias a la Deriva,’ “In our particular version, we opt to exchange the … Continue reading Strike Till Retirement (notes on Precarias a la Deriva’s ‘A Very Careful Strike’)

The Girl With the Bomb, The Guardian of Dynamite: Notes on the politics of becoming-woman

Excerpt from a piece on D&G, gender, struggle, and communism as the 'real movement' of abolition   1. Identifying the Girl of Russian Terrorism In the tenth chapter of A Thousand Plateaus, '1730: Becoming-intense, becoming-animal...', one is presented with a sequence of memories drawn from such a diversity of individuals and conceptual-personae that the sequence itself appears … Continue reading The Girl With the Bomb, The Guardian of Dynamite: Notes on the politics of becoming-woman

Guattari & Italy’s “Hot Autumn”

Guattari was dreaming of building a federation of regional protest movements, which could open up secondary fronts and weaken the Nation-State. Despite his extensive network of contacts, he never managed to realize this perilous project, which was located on the cusp between democratic combat and terrorist action [...] Guattari became a hero figure in Bologna. … Continue reading Guattari & Italy’s “Hot Autumn”

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