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Feeling free, are we

February 23rd, 2019 · No Comments

“As soon as the corporeal presence of the industrial slave has fully entered the composition of the assessable output of what she can produce—her physiognomy being inseparable from her labor—the distinction between the person and the activity of that person becomes specious. The corporeal presence is already a commodity, independently of and in addition to […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law

Bow down

February 14th, 2019 · No Comments

“Seduction is not originally the spontaneous relation between men and women, but rather the dominant relation of men amongst themselves.” – Tiqqun, Preliminary Materials For a Theory of the Young-Girl (emphasis in original)

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · Tiqqun

Turn-about and fair play

February 10th, 2019 · No Comments

“The rhetoric of the war of the sexes, and thus for now, of women’s revenge, operates as the ultimate ruse through which the logic of virility will have vanquished women without their knowledge: by enclosing them, at the price of a simple role reversal, in the submission/domination alternative, to the exclusion of all else.” – […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · Tiqqun

Farewell, my lovely

February 5th, 2019 · No Comments

“If in a common calamity, two persons are reduced to the dire alternative, that one or the other or both must certainly perish, as, where two shipwrecked persons are on one plank, which will not hold them both, and one thrusts the other from it, so that he is drowned, the survivor is excused.” – […]

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Getting away with murder

February 4th, 2019 · No Comments

“Justifiable homicide is that which is committed either, 1st, by unavoidable necessity, without any will, intention or desire, or any inadvertence or negligence in the party killing, and therefore without blame; such as, by an officer, executing a criminal, pursuant to the death-warrant, and in strict conformity to the law, in every particular; or, 2dly, […]

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Tags: Politics & Law · The American Constitution

Who’s there by your side

February 3rd, 2019 · No Comments

“Any writer who accepts or partially accepts the discipline of a political party is sooner or later faced with the alternative: toe the line, or shut up. It is, of course, possible to toe the line and go on writing—after a fashion. Any Marxist can demonstrate with the greatest of ease that ‘bourgeois’ liberty of […]

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Tags: George Orwell · Politics & Law

Let those who have eyes see

February 2nd, 2019 · No Comments

“When one looks back at the twenties, nothing is queerer than the way in which every important event in Europe escaped the notice of the English intelligentsia. The Russian Revolution, for instance, all but vanishes from the English consciousness between the death of Lenin and the Ukraine famine—about ten years. Throughout those years Russia means […]

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Tags: George Orwell · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law

Immoral majority rules

January 30th, 2019 · No Comments

“The majority of parents are poor psychologists and give their children the most questionable of moral trainings. It is perhaps in this domain that one realizes most keenly how immoral it can be to believe too much in morality, and how much more precious is a little humanity than all the rules in the world.” […]

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Tags: Jean Piaget · Open Science Collaboration · Politics & Law

Do you call that equitable

January 24th, 2019 · No Comments

“If one man strikes another a blow, that other has a right to defend himself, and to strike a blow in his defence; but he has no right to revenge himself; and if, when all the danger is past, he strikes a blow not necessary for his defence, he commits an assault and a battery. […]

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Tags: Politics & Law · The American Constitution

Boy meets girl

January 23rd, 2019 · No Comments

“There is a difference between consent and submission; every consent involves submission; but it by no means follows that a mere submission involves consent.” – Simon Greenleaf, A Treatise on the Law of Evidence (emphasis in original)

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Tags: Politics & Law · The American Constitution

The new gods, same as the old gods

January 21st, 2019 · No Comments

“By investing young people and women with an absurd symbolic surplus value, by making them the exclusive carriers of the two new kinds of esoteric knowledge proper to the new social order—consumption and seduction—Spectacle has effectively emancipated the slaves of the past, but it has emancipated them as slaves.” – Tiqqun, Preliminary Materials For a […]

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Tags: Politics & Law · Tiqqun

Will it go round in circles

January 20th, 2019 · No Comments

“Progress is not an illusion, it happens, but it is slow and invariably disappointing. There is always a new tyrant waiting to take over from the old—generally not quite so bad, but still a tyrant. Consequently two viewpoints are always tenable. The one, how can you improve human nature until you have changed the system? […]

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Tags: Economics · George Orwell · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law

I’m sitting in the classroom, looking like a zombie

January 19th, 2019 · No Comments

“If you hate violence and don’t care for politics, the only remedy remaining is education. Perhaps society is past praying for, but there is always hope for the individual human being, if you can catch him young enough.” – George Orwell, “Charles Dickens”

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Same as it ever was

January 18th, 2019 · No Comments

“When hatred of Hitler became a major emotion in America, it was interesting to see how promptly ‘anti-Fascism’ was adapted to pornographic purposes by the editors of the Yank Mags. One magazine which I have in front of me is given up to a long, complete story, ‘When Hell Came to America’, in which the […]

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Tags: George Orwell · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law

Don’t look twice, it’s all right

January 15th, 2019 · No Comments

“The most superficial observation is sufficient to show that in the main the legal sense is far less developed in little girls than in boys. We did not succeed in finding a single collective game played by girls in which there were as many rules and, above all, as fine and consistent an organization and […]

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Tags: Jean Piaget · Open Science Collaboration · Politics & Law

A people of laws

January 14th, 2019 · No Comments

“The acquisition and practice of the rules of a game follow very simple and very natural laws, the stages of which may be defined as follows: 1) Simple individual regularity; 2) Imitation of seniors with egocentrism; 3) Cooperation; 4) Interest in rules for their own sake.” – Jean Piaget, The Moral Judgment of the Child […]

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Tags: Jean Piaget · Politics & Law

Everything’s for sale and you’re broke

January 12th, 2019 · No Comments

“At the beginning of the 1920s, capitalism realized that it could no longer maintain itself as the exploitation of human labor if it did not also colonize everything that is beyond the strict sphere of production. Faced with the challenge from socialism, capital too would have to socialize. It had to create its own culture, […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · Tiqqun

Instant karma’s come and got you

January 11th, 2019 · No Comments

“If the imperial perspective had a slogan it would be ‘All Power To The Apparatuses!’ It is true that in the coming insurrection it will most often suffice to liquidate the apparatuses sustaining enemies in order to break them, enemies that in times past would have had to be shot. At bottom, the slogan has […]

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · Tiqqun

Neither body nor soul, it was the one

January 10th, 2019 · No Comments

“The West’s dualism has long consisted in establishing two antagonistic entities: the divine and the worldly, subject and object, reason and madness, soul and flesh, good and evil, life and death, being and nothingness, etc., etc. The latter established, civilization developed as the struggle of one against the other. This was an exceedingly costly way […]

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Every eight seconds

January 5th, 2019 · No Comments

“The immediate affirmation of a need or desire—in so far as it implies a certain knowledge of oneself—ethically contravenes imperial pacification; and it no longer has the justification of militancy. Militancy and its critique are both in different ways compatible with Empire; one as a form of work, the other as a form of powerlessness.” […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · Tiqqun

Down tools, walk

January 4th, 2019 · No Comments

“Of the entire putrid legacy of the workers’ movement nothing stinks as much as the culture, and now the cult, of work. It is this culture and this culture alone, with its intolerable ethical blindness and its professional self-hatred, that one hears groaning with each new layoff, with each new proof that work is finished.” […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · Tiqqun

The ontic telos of need

January 3rd, 2019 · No Comments

“The logic of the present situation is no longer of an economic but of an ethico-political kind. Work is the linchpin of the citizen factory. As such, it is indeed necessary, as necessary as nuclear reactors, city planning, the police, or television. One has to work because one has to feel one’s existence, at least […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · Tiqqun · Verandah

BBQ Beckies all

January 1st, 2019 · No Comments

“Citizens, insofar as they are made to compensate more and more frequently for the failures of the welfare state, will be paid more and more overtly for their work in comanaging social pacification. A citizen’s dividend will therefore be established as a form of coercion to maintain self-discipline, in the form of strange, extremely tight-knit, […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · Tiqqun · Verandah

Watching Paint Dry

December 30th, 2018 · No Comments

“I have come to think that boredom is the worst of all a tramp’s evils, worse than hunger and discomfort, worse even than the constant feeling of being socially disgraced. It is a silly piece of cruelty to confine an ignorant man all day with nothing to do; it is like chaining a dog in […]

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Tags: Economics · George Orwell · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law

It was nice work while we could get it

December 28th, 2018 · No Comments

“Citizens are those who, at the very heart of the general conflagration of the social sphere, persist in proclaiming their abstract participation in a society that now only exists negatively, through the terror it exercises over everything that threatens to abandon it, and in so doing, to survive it. The accidents and the rationality that […]

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Tags: Politics & Law · Tiqqun

Is it bleeding, screaming, or burning

December 27th, 2018 · No Comments

“Under Empire, the very persistence of the formal trappings of the state is part of the strategic maneuvering that renders it obsolete. Insofar as Empire is unable to recognize an enemy, an alterity, an ethical difference, it cannot recognize the war conditions it has created. There will therefor be no state of exception as such […]

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Tags: Politics & Law · Tiqqun

We have met the enemy, and they are us

December 26th, 2018 · No Comments

“Imperial war has neither a beginning nor an end, it is a permanent process of pacification. The essential aspects of its methods and principle have been known for fifty years. They were developed in the wars of decolonization during which the oppressive state apparatus underwent a decisive change. From then on the enemy was no […]

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Tags: Politics & Law · The Forever War · Tiqqun

Going rogue

December 25th, 2018 · No Comments

“Empire’s reconfiguration of hostilities has largely gone unnoticed. It has gone unnoticed because it first appeared outside metropolises, in former colonies. The prohibition on war—a simple declaration with the League of Nations that became actual with the invention of nuclear weapons—produced a decisive transformation of war . . . . Since all war between states […]

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Tags: Politics & Law · Tiqqun

It’s just a flesh wound

December 24th, 2018 · No Comments

“The warrior is not a figure of plenitude, and certainly not of virile plenitude. The warrior is a figure of amputation. The warrior is a being who feels he exists only through combat, through confrontation with the Other, a being who is unable to obtain for himself the feeling of existing. In the end, nothing […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · Tiqqun

It’s survival in the city, when your back’s against the wall

December 23rd, 2018 · No Comments

“Every war machine is by nature a society, a society without a state; but under Empire, given its obsidional status, another determination has to be added. It is a society of a particular kind: a warrior society. Although each existence is at its core essentially a war and each will know how to engage in […]

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Tags: Politics & Law · Tiqqun