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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The Black Bloc Which Was Not: Comments in the lead up to the Hamburg G20

Members of the 'black bloc' or fictional characters in a film? In the 1 July copy of the German newspaper Taz one finds the statements of two leftist organizations – Campact and Interventionistische Linke  – each of which expresses their desire to be distanced from anything seen as ‘criminal’, and especially anything that can be associated with … Continue reading The Black Bloc Which Was Not: Comments in the lead up to the Hamburg G20

Previously unpublished writing from Tarnac – ‘Against the State of Emergency’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 The newspaper had asked for a commentary from … Continue reading Previously unpublished writing from Tarnac – ‘Against the State of Emergency’

The Human Strike and The Politics of Escape

Transcript of a short talk I gave @ b-books for the German book launch of Dark Deleuze in Berlin.  Introductory Remarks The terms of escape, opacity, and indiscernibility are perhaps three of the most essential concepts that constitute the lexicon of Dark Deleuze; a lexicon that seeks to refute and replace the consensus of Deleuze as a thinker … Continue reading The Human Strike and The Politics of Escape

The Tragic Community: Nietzsche and Philosophy as A Treatise on Politics (Part I)

(A year old paper that I still mean to return to) “Of what account is a book that never carries us away beyond all books?”- Friederich Nietzsche In a 1990 interview with Gilles Deleuze, Antonio Negri poses a rather interesting question regarding Deleuze’s early monographs on key figures in his personal canon: “Already in the … Continue reading The Tragic Community: Nietzsche and Philosophy as A Treatise on Politics (Part I)