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Tuesday, November 4th, 2008
5:22 am
The election and a bit for everyone
Two videos about McCain and Palin that might help your decision on the election.

McCain, Palin, and the religious right

The Animated Life of John McCain
Sunday, February 17th, 2008
10:16 pm
a new community theoryquotes
a new community, theoryquotes.
kind of like the wildly popular literaryquotes, but with theory.

Some may think that theory is not well suited to being quoted at all, but quoting theory is an interesting exercise and allows us to appreciate the moments when style, wit, vitriol, or personality shine in theoretical prose. This is literature, and can be as affecting as fiction or poetry.
Friday, June 22nd, 2007
7:09 pm
"Birds of a feather"
I was snooping Mitt Romney's "Global Initiative for Values and Freedom":
"a comprehensive strategy to defeat radical Jihad, ensure our security and advance freedom and human rights across the globe. This will be a truly global strategy that combines our efforts with others, brings more tools of our national power to bear and implements specific, tailored strategies for each nation at risk."
I peeked the author of a very long article that reads like campaign literature. Sure enough, on a site that presents itself as open for discussion, "Cofer Black is the Romney for President Senior Adviser for counterterrorism and national security issues."

And at first glance his web-site bio seems pretty straight forward:
"Black was the United States Department of State Coordinator for Counterterrorism with the rank of Ambassador at Large from December 2002 to November 2004. In this role, he was the point person for the U.S. government's international counterterrorism policy in the first term of the Bush administration. Prior to joining the State Department, Black had a distinguished 28-year career in the Directorate of Operations at the Central Intelligence Agency."
Ok ... "United States Department of State Coordinator for Counterterrorism with the rank of Ambassador at Large from December 2002 to November 2004" .... okay fine.

Yaa, sure ... what isn't trumpeted is that since February 2005 Black has been Vice Chairman of Blackwater ... the guns for hire in Iraq, the Haliburton of mercenaries.

War-mongers take their blood money and plow it back to fund research and writing, operatives in civil society.

p.s. ain't his name something? a black coffer full of dead gold
Wednesday, April 4th, 2007
1:07 am
critical animal
I have started a new community because of the change of my dissertation work. The new community is named critical_animal, and it is trying to understand the problem of the animal, so to speak.

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007
6:15 pm

Hello! I'm just happy I've found this community, which is of great interest to me.
I’m writing on Toni Negri and focus on his concept of multitude, trying to investigate the influence of Deleuze. Can anyone advice me relevant texts on the topic? It would be rather helpful!

Thursday, February 8th, 2007
2:34 pm
Architectures of Control
im just resource-sharing here...thought some people in this group may find this interesting:

Architectures of Control
Thursday, May 25th, 2006
3:47 pm
Sunday, April 30th, 2006
10:35 pm
Love: A politics of joy
this is x-posted in my personal journal, sorry for anyone reading both.

Jacques Ranciere wrote that, “Politics is not made up of power relationships, it is made up of relationships between worlds.”

To begin to speak of lived possibilities rather than power is to speak of connecting worlds that are incommensurable. The connection of such worlds is for me a chiliastic experience. Chiliasm does not wait for a better world to come, is rather an embodiment of profound presentness. Not present in that we all have a here and now, spatially and temporally, but rather the realization that within the present lies the possibility that which is inward can burst out and transform the world.
This connecting of worlds is always the work of philosophers, artists, shamans, tricksters, all creatures of sensual religions. When one world enters another we have what Felix Guattari calls “affective contamination.” And this is what Power is afraid of. As Foucault showed us with his triad of Power (sovereign, disciplinary, and bio) that the models of Power are made from fear of contamination; be it leprosy with sovereign, plague with disciplinary, or “racial impurity” with biopower. This is why talk of a social Love and revolutionary erotics is so important, for what is at stake with Love and eroticism is contamination and world-connections. When Love is combined with chiliastic energy we have a joy that gives the strength and courage to realize the impossible. What we have is a Love which is a politics of joy.
Tuesday, April 25th, 2006
7:23 pm
Burroughs and Foucault

hey folks. i'm working on a paper on W.S.B. and Foucault. Wondering if anybody can recommend good reads, etc. or has shit to say.

behind the cut is a list of links i'm putting together Read more...Collapse )

6:38 am
a request
A while ago I posted a link to a .pdf form of Hardt's essay, "The Withering of Civil Society", but the link no longer works. Can someone please post a link to the essay, or the essay itself, in whatever format available (those that can download it from social text can also post it through you send it link). thank you very much.
Wednesday, April 12th, 2006
11:51 am
Burroughs and M. Foucault
I haven't ever posted much here and do not know much about Burroughs's analysis of how societies control people. However, I'm very interested in Michel Foucault, and on a Foucault email discussion list William S. Burroughs came up. Someone mentioned his analysis has a lot in common with Foucault's.

This link was offered:


I thought I'd share it as it seems like a really informative and interesting post,t he kind community members migth be interested in.

I'm also interested in any links anyone could share that might ground me more in Burroughs's social analytical style.

Monday, March 13th, 2006
12:31 am
Negri quotations on joy
These are all taken from Negri on Negri

Joy operates by means of a mechanism of experience, a process, a way in which the relation between world and oneself can always be changed. There is no such thing as solitary joy. Solitary joy is the joy of saints, but in Milan the people where not saints-- they only experianced the world together. There was total immanence: it was an experiance made, lived, wished for. The sharing of this experience is liberty. All this is what the Greeks called Bios, which is to say life in its entirety. Wages are not more important than struggle, nor family more important than community, nor intellectual life more important than care of the body: the absolutely revolutionary thing was just this-- to want to live the totality of human experience.

p. 29

Joy is a way of linking us to the world-- it is insepearable from the common, from immanent life. All this I call bios: the anticipation of transformation and the concept of the future. Thought requires time. Developing a conception of the future requires time. 1968 will never be repeated, but it is nevertheless an irreversible event; nothing will ever again be as it once was. In the last thirty years the concept of lived experience has radically changed: henceforth the intellectual life can no longer be seperated from the life of the passions; the different parts of man [sic.] have once again been united. We have in our hands the promise of a fearless society. This is what Spinoza said-- and what has been rediscovered by feminists, workers, students, and all those who hoped and wished that something would change in 1968, four centuries after Spinoza. Something has changed: life has been reassembled in a new way.

p. 101

Joy is an expression that finds a response, an act that is added to another, that connects. Even when it comes to joy one can never be mystical. For me mysticism is the worst thing there is, because there is a negative foundation that one thinks one is escaping, only to fall back into it. In mysticism, joy is the disapperance of suffering; but for me it can't simply be defined as as a lack of something, because joy is also something full, something positive. Joy is the power to create-- overabundance, excess. In fact, is the only definition of God that I am prepared to admit: overabundance, excess, and joy are the only forms through which God can be defined.

Therefore we are able to participate in it from time to time?

The problem is not one of participation but of construction. One participates to the extent that one constructs something in common. Joy is directly related to the preception of this "common"-- to its power. At the same time there is nothing transcendent in any of this.
Tuesday, October 25th, 2005
2:40 am
You too have weapons
June 12, 1923. More and more fearful as I write. It is understandable. Every word, twisted in the hands of the spirits—this twist of the hand is their characteristic gesture—becomes a spear turned against the speaker. Most especially a remark like this. And so ad infinitum. The only consolation would be: it happens whether you like it or no. And what you like is infinitesimally little help. More than a consolation is: You too have weapons.

-Franz Kafka's Diaries

There is no need to invoke the extraordinary pharmaceutical productions, the molecular engineering, the genetic manipulations, although these are slated to enter the new process. There is no need to ask which is the toughest regime, for it's within each of them that liberating and enslaving forces confront one another. ... There is no need to fear or hope, but only to look for new weapons.
-Gilles Deleuze "Postscript on the Societies of Control"

People always think of a majoritarian future (when I am grown up, when I have power). Whereas the problem is that of a minoritarian-becoming, not pretending, not playing or imitating the child, the madman, the woman, the animal, the stammerer or the foreigner, but becoming all these, in order to invent new forces or new weapons
-Deleuze & Parent Dialogues
Friday, September 30th, 2005
4:22 pm
An oldie but goodie
This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence -- economic, political, even spiritual -- is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government. [...]

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the militaryindustrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. [...]

The prospect of domination of the nation's scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present

* and is gravely to be regarded.

Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientifictechnological elite. [...] We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.

Down the long lane of the history yet to be written America knows that this world of ours, ever growing smaller, must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.

Such a confederation must be one of equals. The weakest must come to the conference table with the same confidence as do we, protected as we are by our moral, economic, and military strength. That table, though scarred by many past frustrations, cannot be abandoned for the certain agony of the battlefield.

From Eisenhaur's farewell speech.
Wednesday, September 28th, 2005
2:59 am
Ranciere's 11 theses on politics
1. Politics is not the exercise of power. Politics must be defined by itself, as a specific way of acting put into practice by a particular kind of subject and deriving from a particular kind of rationality. It is the political relationship which makes it possible to conceive of the political subject, not the reverse. 2. What is peculiar to politics is the existence of a subject defined by its participation in opposites. Politics is a paradoxical type of action. 3. Politics is a specific rupture of the logic of the arkhe. For it does not simply presuppose the rupture of the "normal" distribution of positions between the one who exercises a power and the one who undergoes it, but also a rupture in the idea of dispositions that make people "suitable" for these positions. 4. Democracy is not a political regime. Insofar as it is a rupture of the logic of the arkhe, in other words, of the anticipation of rule in the disposition for it, it is the regime of politics as a form of relationship defining a specific subject. 5. The people which is the subject of democracy, and so the matricial subject of politics, is not the collection of members of the community or the labouring class of the population. It is the supplementary part in relation to any counting of the parts of the population which makes it possible to identify the count of the uncounted with the whole of the community. 6. The essence of politics is the action of supplementary subjects inscribed as surplus in relation to any count of the parts of a society. 7. If politics is the outline of a vanishing difference with the distribution of social parts and shares, then it follows that its existence is in no way necessary, but that it happens as an always provisional accident in the history of forms of domination. It follows from this also that the essential object of political litigation is the very existence of politics. 8. Politics is specifically opposed to the police. The police is a partition (partage) of the perceptible whose principle is the absence of void and of supplement. 9. The essential work of politics is the configuration of its own space. It is to get the world of its subjects and its operations to be seen. The essence of politics is the manifestation of dissensus, as the presence of two worlds in a single one. 10. Inasmuch as it is characteristic of political philosophy to ground political action in a specific mode of being, so it is characteristic of political philosophy to efface the litigation which is constitutive of politics. It is in the very description of the world of politics that philosophy effects this effacement. Moreover, its effectiveness is perpetuated right down to non philosophical or anti-philosophical descriptions of this world. 11. The "end of politics" and the "return of politics" are two complementary ways of cancelling out politics in the simple relationship between a state of the social and a state of state apparatuses. Consensus is the vulgar name for this cancellation.

Friday, September 23rd, 2005
3:46 pm
"I am not saying that all forms of power are unacceptable but that no form of power is necessarily acceptable or unacceptable. This is anarchism. But since anarchism is not acceptable these days, I will call it anarcheology-- the method that takes no power as necessarily acceptable." -Michel Foucault, "Du Gouvernment des Vivants"
Monday, September 12th, 2005
1:24 pm
Friday, September 2nd, 2005
2:04 pm
New England post-capitalist front
Hello everyone

Good to meet you all - I'm here in New England - mostly Manchester NH but I also frequent Cambridge and Providence when I can...

I'm not so much an anti-capitalist as I am a believer that capitalism must be evolved and eliminated - as Marx basically suggested - so the world can benefit from shared production of all goods, and a free society can be achieved without poverty or crime.

I do believe that commerce in general leads to greed, selfishness and the enslavement of humankind (plus, crime) and it also creates man's current alienation, directionlessness and misery.

Basically, human nature is bullshit - we made this, there is a better way, and with all the technology we have now, it's ridiculous the world has come to this.

I suppose I'm an anarcho-socialist.



Hook up if you're nearby - MySpace too - links are around. Sorry for the x-posting, but wanting to reach out.

Tuesday, August 30th, 2005
1:42 pm
boy, does this smell familiar
Published on The Progressive (http://progressive.org)
FBI, Michigan Police Tag Peace Group, Affirmative Action Group, and Others as “Terrorist”

FBI, Michigan Police Tag Peace Group, Affirmative Action Group, and Others as “Terrorist”
Matthew Rothschild
August 29, 2005

Law enforcement officials in Michigan have been busy slapping the “terrorist” label on domestic groups.

An FBI document, released on August 29 by the ACLU, shows extensive monitoring of a whole bunch of organizations, ranging from the Aryan World Church and the Christian Identity movement to animal rights groups, an anti-war collective, and a leading pro-affirmative action coalition.

The document, dated January 29, 2002, is a summary of a domestic terrorism symposium that was held six days previously.

In attendance were the FBI, the Secret Service, the Michigan State Police, the Michigan State University police, and Michigan National Guard.

“The purpose of the meeting was to keep the local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies apprised of the activities of the various groups and individuals within the state of Michigan who are thought to be involved in terrorist activities,” the document states.

One of those “terrorist groups” is By Any Means Necessary, which says its aim is “to defend affirmative action, integration, and fight for equality.”

The FBI document said a detective, whose last name was blotted out, “presented information on a protest from February 8-10, 2002, in Ann Arbor, Michigan,” by the group.

That “protest” was actually the Second National Conference of the New Civil Rights Movement, which was co-sponsored by the Reverend Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow/PUSH, with keynote speaker Jonathan Kozol.

“We’re standing up for education equity, and the American government is spying on us? That’s an outrage,” says Luke Massie, one of the national co-chairs of By Any Means Necessary. “This is palpable proof of what a lot of progressive people have worried about since 9/11: The Bush Administration is shredding our Bill of Rights before our eyes.”

The February 8-10 conference was designed to build public support for affirmative action just as the Supreme Court was deciding two Michigan affirmative action cases.

“The timing of this shows the political motivation of the Bush Administration,” says Shanta Driver, the group’s other national co-chair. “We’re completely nonviolent. But it’s no surprise to us that people who are devoted to a new civil rights movement and the cause of equality would be targeted for this kind of surveillance and attack.”

The FBI document acknowledged that the group was not violent. “Michigan State Police has information that in the past demonstrations by this group have been peaceful,” the document states.

The FBI and Michigan law enforcement also discussed the Animal Liberation Front, as well as a local group. “Michigan State University (MSU) Public Safety . . . presented information on a group called East Lansing Animal Rights Movement,” the document states. Then, after blotting out information about a student at Michigan State, the document adds: “MSU Public Safety feels that this group has approximately 12-15 members at this time.”

On the web, ELARM identifies itself as a “grassroots animal rights advocacy group” that “believes strongly in the value of all animals, human or non-human, and therefore opposes any and all forms of animal exploitation. Our purpose is to educate the public regarding animal rights issues, and to expose and oppose animal abuse wherever it is found.”

The group actually is defunct now, according to Julie Hartman, who says she revived it in 2001 only to see it fold two years later.

“We did a couple of circus protests and that kind of thing,” she says.

She got a copy of the FBI document last week.

“I was really surprised, considering we never once broke the law, that they would spend the time investigating us,” she says.

The fact that the Michigan State University police estimated that there were twelve to fifteen members in her group creeps her out, she says.

“That seems to indicate that they would have to have come to a meeting to find out how many people were involved,” she notes. “That actually made me start thinking, who was coming to our meetings?”

She believes the university police department has skewed priorities.

“It’s certainly a waste of their resources,” she says. “This is a large university. The number of rapes on this campus is astounding. The police always complain they don’t have enough resources to do their job, but they’re spending their resources to spy on peaceful groups! That’s really just sickening.”

The Michigan State University police gave no comment.

Another local group that law enforcement linked to ELARM is called Direct Action. Interestingly, the document notes that both groups had demonstrated against the FBI local office because of “perceived injustices by law enforcement.” Included as an attachment to the FBI document was a clipping from the Lansing State Journal of January 19, 2002, about the protest, which was ironically entitled: “Dozens march against terrorism.” The first sentence reads: “Dozens of students and others marched Friday to protest racial profiling and terrorism—which they say includes United States military action in Afghanistan.”

On its website Direct Action says, “We desire to challenge the calls for retribution, endless war, and destruction of civil liberties. Direct Action also wants to defend the gains made by the movement against corporate power that was birthed in this country on the streets of Seattle.”

Primarily a youth-based group, Direct Action is now focusing a lot of its work on counter-recruitment efforts.

Tommy Simon, a member of Direct Action, dismisses the terrorist label.

“What is a terrorist? The word is just a propaganda tool used to dissuade people from getting involved in activism—especially young people,” he says. The group has never been violent, unlike the Bush Administration, he adds.

“We’ve organized protests and spoken out against the government, but that does not make us a threat in any way,” he says. “We’re working for peace here.”

Sarah Mcdonald, a longtime member of Direct Action, was taken aback by the designation of her group.

“I was shocked,” she says. “I was really disturbed that the FBI is misusing its power this way. They’re trying to squash dissent, and they’re doing that by monitoring anti-war groups and other groups against the Bush Administration.”

The ACLU also condemns the police surveillance and the use of the label “terrorist” to describe the peace group and the affirmative action group.

“This document confirms our fears that federal and state counterterrorism officers have turned their attention to groups and individuals engaged in peaceful protest activities,” said Ben Wizner, an ACLU staff attorney. “When the FBI and local law enforcement identify affirmative action advocates as potential terrorists, every American has cause for concern.”

Wasn’t me, says the FBI.

“A plain reading of the document clearly notes that there were presentations at the symposium by someone outside the FBI that discussed the groups By Any Means Necessary and Direct Action,” says an FBI press office statement of August 29. “The FBI does not make any representation about these groups in the document other than to note they were discussed during the symposium.”

Kary Moss, executive director of the ACLU of Michigan, is not impressed with that statement. “What else can they say, other than we didn’t do it, someone else did?” The point is, she says, law enforcement, including the FBI, were discussing these political groups on the assumption that they were “involved in terrorist activities,” as the document states.

“Whenever you give police increasing powers, there’s going to be confusion about where to begin and where to end,” Moss says. “And that’s what we’re seeing here.”
Source URL: http://progressive.org/?q=mag_mc082905
Wednesday, August 10th, 2005
1:19 pm
A second to remeber those locked down in the belly of the beast...

Open-Air Concert, Public Rally and Candlelight Vigil

August 10th, 2005 marks 30 years of Prisoners' Justice Day. PJD began in
1975 when prisoners at Millhaven Penitentiary in Kingston commemorated the
first anniversary of the death of Eddie Nalon. Eddie died in solitary
confinement after wounding himself desperate because the prison
administration reneged on its promise to release him from segregation.

What started as a one-time event behind the walls of Millhaven has become
an international day of solidarity. On this day, prisoners fast and
refuse work while supporters organize community events to draw public
attention to the conditions inside prisons, psychiatric institutions,
immigration detention centres and youth prisons.

Join us outside the Don Jail
550 Gerrard St East
Wednesday August 10th
6:30pm - 9:30pm

Speakers, an Open Mic and local performers including LAL. This will be
followed by the candlelight vigil and reading of some of the hundreds of
names of people who have died in prison this year.

PJD T-shirts will be available featuring the art of Pete Collins.

For more info:
Prisoners Justice Action Committee (PJAC)
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