We are a generation raised on zombie movies. Of the 5,000 ads each one of us saw today, explosions punctuated more than a few.

So how can you blame us when we get a taste for destruction?

We live the revenge-torture films we’ve been spoon fed. I remember the first time I saw a cop break someone’s arm. Let me set the scene: A cloud of pepper spray was slowly settling on us as we ran. From a hill overlooking the street that 80 of us had been marching down moments ago, our coughing and wheezing fused the strange mixture of fear and exhilaration into a single feeling. Suddenly, we saw four cops pounce on one of the stragglers. Tackled, she fell hard. Her howls became part of a single emotion. Like a fine wine, or better yet, expensive perfume, my memories of protest have a distinctive smell composed of many complex notes. And I protest like any good connoisseur, avoiding boring or bland actions, while seeking out every chance to experience a slice of the sublime. Continue reading “destruction”

The Benefits of Tiqqun

Over at Nate’s blog, we’ve been having an ongoing conversation about Tiqqun.  It’s blossomed and so I’ve decided to repost some of my comment here.  A short description I’ve come up for the Tiqqun project (in very wooden marxist language): a attempt to construct a metaphysics for a mode of production capable of overtaking the capitalist one…

The main point I’m reading these texts for:

A form of composition that isn’t dependent on self-identification or consciousness.

Practical concerns:
I’m interested in political movement that doesn’t mobilize traditional Hegelian categories (identity, recognition, consciousness, education, discipline, militancy, etc). I think the ‘models’ employed by most contemporary American activists follow this Hegelian schema to a T.

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