3 thoughts on “The Decisiveness of Terrain (for the Urban Guerrilla)

  1. Many turn their eyes towards the territory with a hunger to be with the land and each other. Layering concerns and struggles in a single place, inventing oneself anew, investing oneself, and becoming sedentary (living, squatting, whatever) – becoming the territory, as TCI put it. A base to conduct operations? I wonder about the relation between the guerrilla, for instance, and a situation like la ZAD…

    1. all theorists agree that the answer is specific to the particular terrain in which a guerrilla operates. mao, for instance, insisted on created basis, while urban theorists (such as guillén) emphasize that guerrillas should live separately and only come together during an action.

      to give a more metaphysical response, deleuze likes tonybee’s history of the nomads of the steppes. he says that there was a bifurcation in history where those nomads either had to leave the steppes or change their way of life – some split off and left while others changed how they lived. he prefers those who stayed, and he describes the problem as “they had the choice of changing their habitat or changing their habits.” this resonates w/ Deleuze’s work on Hume, of course, who thought that habits generally prevent humans from exploring their potential and thus he proposed breaking habits, and habits of thought in particular. — this is why deleuze says that the nomad travels by staying in one place, it’s in “intensive” transformation and not an “extensive” one. but i’m rambling…

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