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. (more…)
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Posted in Ideas, tagged activism, anarchism, Tiqqun on July 12, 2010 |
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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.
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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