A Social Without Solidarity

Yes, communism is possible. It is true, more now than ever, that it haunts the old world. 1968 revealed the fragility of the social contracts installed successively to contain the revolutionary movements of the beginning of the century, those which followed the big crisis of 1929 and the movements which accompanied and followed the second great imperialist war. However one views the events of 1968, it is undeniable that they revealed the failure of this social compromise to eliminate or supersede the antagonistic contradictions of the capitalist systems. […skip two paragraphs…]

…work and life are no longer separate; society is collapsed into the logic and processes of capitalist development. Continue reading “A Social Without Solidarity”

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A New Communism (Of Singularization)

From this perspective, communism is the establishment of a communal life style in which individuality is recognized and truly liberated, not merely opposed to the collective. That’s the most important lesson: that the construction of healthy communities begins and ends with unique personalities, that the collective potential is realized only when the singular is free. This insight is fundamental to the liberation of work. Continue reading “A New Communism (Of Singularization)”

Lenin: Coming Between Guattari and Negri

We now come to a central aspect of the question of the organisation for liberation, of the form of militant social practice of liberation. This entire discussion revolves around the name, Lenin.

It is clear – more or less explicitly – that when Guattari warns against  ‘authoritarian disciplines, formal hierarchies, orders of priorities decreed from above, and compulsory ideological references…’ (p. 124) he is warning against what we might call the Leninist temptation. Continue reading “Lenin: Coming Between Guattari and Negri”

PhD Exam Reading List

Area 1: Non-linear Historical Materialism Continue reading “PhD Exam Reading List”

guattari’s “next book”

3/16/197

A piece of a sketch [_plan_] – in the style of the Wall of China according to Kafka.

Introduction

  • Criticism of the last book and response.
  • Self-criticism: Volume I was counter-dependent on constituted ideologies ([Psycho]analysis, Stalino-Trotskyism, etc.).
  • Schizo-analytic method for writing a book about schizo-analysis.  Not claim that the socius and history have to be “rejoined” but start from there ad never lose sight of them.
  • Challenge the theory-ideology opposition.
  • Theory is, or need to be, instrumentalist, functionalist (mathematicians don’ts ponder over the scientificity of a concept).
  • Break with the theory-oeuvre, and arrive at: “to each his own theory.”  Collective assemblages of enunciation produce their own theories by articulating themselves on planes of consistency.  Deadly subject-group theory (= collective assemblage of enunciation) oppose to: immortal theory of the subjected group (= theory’s fantasy). Theory is artifice. Its foundation is what, historically, is most deterritorialized, it works with machinic indices.

Chapter I: The coordinates of schizo-analysis (coordinates of modernity) Continue reading “guattari’s “next book””

Flow

[‘a pleasant example of code surplus value: perversion among orchids’]

Feb-March 1972 [AO has been published at this point]

Flow continuity is symmetrical to the possibility of a break.

A flow is separated from other flows insofar as it can be the object of a _single_ type of break.  I.e. it is traversed by a single, consistent break.  Flows imply coded breaks.  What separates one flow from another is the coded chain that controls it, marking its own type of break.  This break is purely ideational since it can’t be actualized except by the irruption of an _other_ machine that will expose it in its immanence.  Planes of consistency don’t distinguish between hylés of different flows anymore.  it doesn’t matter material the flows are made of.  It doesn’t’ matter what the intercoding is, or the code surplus value.  It is only interested in code differentials.  Code to the nth degree.  Establishment of deterriotorialized signs whose material tends towards abolition (principle of differential calculus and point-sign “matter” from one sign to the other: a passage from the inkblot to the essence of difference).  On the level of the plane of consistency there are not flows but _one_ single flow: sign flows going the way of deterritorialization that gnaws at everything, contaminates everything, in its infinite dispersion. Continue reading “Flow”

Guattari Explains the AO to Jean Oury

Nov 5, 1971
Roundtrip to Geneva with [Jean] Oury [colleague, mentor, and Director of the La Borde Clinic Guattari worked at] to see a film by the Swiss TV on La Borde.  Totally boring.  Long conversation.  The book [Anti-Oedipus]?  I tried to sketch it out for him, insisting on the distinction between representation and production: the migration of Oedipus, the erection of a signifying order correlative to the Urstaat.  The need to hang analysis up on history and not grant fantasies and dreams the same function as myth or theater.  Conflict with Lacan can be avoided.  It will all depend on his attitude.  There’s no turning back now.   Continue reading “Guattari Explains the AO to Jean Oury”