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?

What is it to Live and Think like Gilles Châtelet?

- What is To Live and Think Like Pigs about? [Châtelet:] It’s a book about the fabrication of individuals who operate a soft censorship on themselves...In them, humanity is reduced to a bubble of rights, not going beyond strict biological functions of the yum-yum-fart type. . .as well as the vroom-vroom and beep-beep of cybernetics and … Continue reading What is it to Live and Think like Gilles Châtelet?

On the End of History & the Death of Desire (Notes on Time and Negativity in Bataille’s ‘Lettre á X.’)

    To continue from our conclusions regarding the question of what it would mean to love as a communist, we begin from the idea that abolition is what necessary binds communism as real movement to problems encountered in the life of desire, of the heart, of the family. And one key consequence of this … Continue reading On the End of History & the Death of Desire (Notes on Time and Negativity in Bataille’s ‘Lettre á X.’)

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?

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”

“Are There Social Ideas in a Marxist Sense?”

[An extremely rough sketch of some sections from the first chapter of the dissertation] Third example: are there social Ideas, in a Marxist sense? In what Marx calls 'abstract labour', abstraction is made from the particular qualities of the products of labour the qualities of the labourers, but not from the conditions of productivity, the labour-power … Continue reading “Are There Social Ideas in a Marxist Sense?”