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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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.’)

‘5 Theses on the Politics of Cruelty’ – Hostis: A Journal of Incivility

(A preview from the forthcoming Issue of Hostis: A Journal of Incivility) I). The politics that seduces us is not ethical, it is cruel. We contrast the politics of cruelty to the politics of ethics. Ethics goes all the way back to the Greeks, whose ethics was the study of ‘the good life.’ Our interests … Continue reading ‘5 Theses on the Politics of Cruelty’ – Hostis: A Journal of Incivility

From Negation to The Virtual: A Note on Deleuze, Contradiction, and Negation

"The richness of Hyppolite's book could then let us wonder this: can we not construct an ontology of difference which would not have to go up to contradiction, because contradiction would be less than difference and not more? Is not contradiction itself only the phenomenal and anthropological aspect of difference?” - Gilles Deleuze, Review of … Continue reading From Negation to The Virtual: A Note on Deleuze, Contradiction, and Negation

Notes on Badiou’s ‘Affirmative Dialectics’

  The fundamental problem in philosophy today, for Alain Badiou, is the creation of a new logic “or more precisely, a new dialectics” (1). It is this new logic that precedes any considerations regarding “politics, life, creation, or action” (1). For Badiou, the two main problems that Marx dealt with (revolutionary politics and a new … Continue reading Notes on Badiou’s ‘Affirmative Dialectics’