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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‘Concrete Rules and Abstract Machines’ (some notes & comments on Brassier’s talk at the ‘A Thousand Plateaus and Philosophy’ London Workshop)

[What follows is a summary of, and some comments on, Ray Brassier's talk regarding the final chapter of A Thousand Plateaus. Delivered in London, 2015, at the A Thousand Plateaus and Philosophy Workshop] At the very least one can confidently say that the reputation of A Thousand Plateaus precedes itself. At times, its reputation even precedes a reader's first … Continue reading ‘Concrete Rules and Abstract Machines’ (some notes & comments on Brassier’s talk at the ‘A Thousand Plateaus and Philosophy’ London Workshop)

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

‘June, 1972 & A chief who does not command:’ Clastres/Deleuze/Guattari

(part I of an on going research project on political anthropology, D&G, Clastres, etc.) “Primitive society has always been considered a place of absolute difference in relation to western society, a strange and unthinkable space of absence - absence of all that constitutes the observers’ socio-cultural universe: a world without hierarchy, people who obey no … Continue reading ‘June, 1972 & A chief who does not command:’ Clastres/Deleuze/Guattari