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’)

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Previously unpublished writing from Tarnac – ‘Against the State of Emergency’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 The newspaper had asked for a commentary from … Continue reading Previously unpublished writing from Tarnac – ‘Against the State of Emergency’

No Dialogue Is Possible: Badiou, Vergès, and the Question of Rupture

(This post is a continuation of some previous thoughts on Badiou's essay 'The Three Negations,' which can be found here) Perhaps one of Alain Badiou's strongest allies in his articulation of the Event is an anachronistic one. Jacques Vergès, French-Vietnamese lawyer, was made famous by his defense of Djamila Bouhired, Algerian nationalist and fighter in the National … Continue reading No Dialogue Is Possible: Badiou, Vergès, and the Question of Rupture

Policing The Simulacra: Between Events and Non-Events

"There is a sort of univocity of being, but an equivocity of existence." – Alain Badiou, 'The Three Negations' In a lecture delivered at the Cardozo Law School in New York City in 2008, Alain Badiou recapitulated his understanding of Being, Event, and Simulacrum in relationship to Logic and Law. With an incredible power of … Continue reading Policing The Simulacra: Between Events and Non-Events