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?

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”

Notes on Christian Jambet & the Question of the One

If there is one conviction shared by the majority of contemporary philosophers, this is it: the one is not [l'un n'est pas]. . .Once affirmed, this conviction converts smoothly into various systems of thought, until either every attestation of the real is renounced, or at least until the real is thoroughly separated from its theological … Continue reading Notes on Christian Jambet & the Question of the One

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

Previously unpublished writing from Tarnac – ‘Against the State of Emergency’

This text–originally published in Hostis 2: Beyond Recognition–was translated from the French by Robert Hurley and merits a statement regarding the context from which it emerged. The original article (‘contre létat d’urgence, l’urgence de prendre la rue') was written upon request by the French newspaper Le Monde. The newspaper had asked for a commentary from … Continue reading Previously unpublished writing from Tarnac – ‘Against the State of Emergency’