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”

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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)

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