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“Of Microperception and Micropolitics” — An Interview with Brian Massumi, 15 August 2008

Read Joel McKim’s interview with Massumi online or download the PDF.

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why can’t i stay inside the lines?

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400 Fairview propaganda/reality


And here is a recent story about a new sandwich shop in the building turning away low income residents of the area.

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FOLLOW YOUR INFERIORITY: for non-academic freedom

Originally posted on AGENT SWARM:

PRACTICE IS THE MEASURE: to understand the sociology of academia, do not pay much attention to declarations and (self-)publicity:  follow the books and translations, follow the conferences, the talks, the reviews (like in the crime series: follow the money trail). Look with your own eyes and see who is talking and who is being listened to, see how far the dialogue goes, who and what is being left out. Do not confuse declarations of intention and actual performance. A performance is not a free pass, but must be evaluated in all its aspects.

PAY UP AND SHUT UP: People are meant to buy the books, but not to talk back to the authors and their friends. The bulk of the readers are not peers but cattle. Human cattle are not supposed to give their opinion, but to pay up and shut up. They are treated to the theatrics…

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Nomadology and Apparatus of Capture Axioms, Propositions, and Problems

Because I often find myself wanting these in one place…

AXIOM I. The war machine is exterior to the State apparatus.

PROPOSITION I. This exteriority is first attested to in mythology, epic, drama, and games.

PROBLEM I. Is there a way of warding off the formation of a State apparatus (or its equivalents in a group)?

PROPOSITION II. The exteriority of the war machine is also attested to by ethnology (a tribute to the memory of Pierre Clastres).

PROPOSITION III. The exteriority of the war machine is also attested to by epistemology, which intimates the existence and perpetuation of a “nomad” or “minor science.”

PROBLEM II. Is there a way to extricate thought from the State model?

PROPOSITION IV. The exteriority of the war machine is attested to, finally, by noology.

AXIOM II. The war machine is the invention of the nomads (insofar as it is exterior to the State apparatus and distinct from the military institu- tion). As such, the war machine has three aspects, a spatiogeographic aspect, an arithmetic or algebraic aspect, and an affective aspect.

PROPOSITION V. Nomad existence necessarily effectuates the conditions of the war machine in space.

PROPOSITION VI. Nomad existence necessarily implies the numerical elements of a war machine.

PROPOSITION VII. Nomad existence has for “affects” the weapons of a war machine.

PROBLEM III. How do the nomads invent or find their weapons?

PROPOSITION VIII. Metallurgy in itself constitutes a flow necessarily confluent with nomadism.

AXIOM III. The nomad war machine is the form of expression, of which itinerant metallurgy is the correlative form of content.

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PROPOSITION IX. War does not necessarily have the battle as its object, and more important, the war machine does not necessarily have war as its object, although war and the battle may be its necessary result (under certain conditions).

PROPOSITION X. The State and its poles.

PROPOSITION XI. Which comes first?


PROPOSITION XIII. The State and its forms.

PROPOSITION XIV. Axiomatics and the present day situation.

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Éthique et politique de soi. Foucault, Hadot, Cavell et les techniques de l’ordinaire (2015)

Originally posted on Foucault News:

lorenzini-livreDaniele Lorenzini, Éthique et politique de soi. Foucault, Hadot, Cavell et les techniques de l’ordinaire. Paris: Librairie Philosophique J. Vrin, 2015

Introduction et Table des matières

Quel(s) rapport(s) est-il possible de tracer entre l’éthique et la politique? Michel Foucault, Pierre Hadot et Stanley Cavell, à partir de trois positions philosophiques très différentes, ont élaboré des stratégies de réponse à cette question que le présent ouvrage se propose de rendre explicites et d’explorer. Ainsi, l’esthétique de l’existence, les exercices spirituels et le perfectionnisme moral y sont combinés afin de construire un arrière-plan conceptuel et pratique permettant de saisir à la fois les enjeux politiques d’une « éthique de soi » et l’incontournable dimension éthique d’une « politique de nous-mêmes ». Cet ouvrage entend contribuer à l’élaboration d’une « philosophie analytique de la politique » dont le but est de rendre visibles l’existence et le fonctionnement concret du pouvoir dans ses ramifications…

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