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PostSubject: Structuralized anarchism   Tue Aug 27, 2013 11:09 pm

Something you wrote, FC, perked my interest in this idea, an idea of anti-representational-democracy as "inevitably intertwined powers and a populace that is free to partake in and live separately from all of them". To me anarchy is hopelessly self-refuting as it must disregard the greater part of the world's and man's nature just to cling to itself, to remain a coherent thought.

But what if we removed some of the consistency behind this coherence, made the thought deeper, more philosophical? For I very much want to begin exploring how anarchic relations (this is NOT an oxymoron) can be/come anarchic systems (also I believe not oxymoronic). Let's rescue the idea. I don't know how yet, but I see the possibility very clearly to do it.

 

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PostSubject: Re: Structuralized anarchism   Wed Aug 28, 2013 3:50 pm

Indeed the anarchic nature is in the relations - the structures do not dictate the relations, but the relations dictate the structure. Deleuze speaks of this as rhizomes, and a natural economy functions in part as anarchy, with the only order imposed by the element value and its derivatives and effects. But a natural economy can not function without a policing element, protecting the trade function from the theft function.

A too powerful policing element - even just a self-coherent policing element is guaranteed to become the element of theft. We might look at the possibility of introducing anarchic relations within the justice apparatus, deriving their coherence from the elements they defend rather than from a universal principle of a "monopoly of violence by the state" - of which we are beginning to see the ultimate consequences, seeing them for incompatible with the very principle of politics itself.

Badiou says somewhere that politics is dead, and this is what he means - politics equals violent struggle or the possibility of it - "politics will have a different meaning" means "politics will be entirely esoteric" (esoteric as literal: behind the veil).

But this can't happen. I mean literally it can't, as there is no ontological support for such a system. Power must ultimately be valued in the terms dictated by its subject. If the subject is not employed by the system as a coercive element, if it is entirely passive, it will become an anarchic element, a rogue, a spin-off, and if too much of that is going on the state collapses.

 

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PostSubject: Re: Structuralized anarchism   Wed Aug 28, 2013 4:02 pm

It occurs to me that what we're looking at is not the question of good politics in the sense of naturally emergent, justified relations, but the far more unusual question of the economy of violence.

Who gets to be violent?
In an interview from the early 80's with Italian revolutionary Joyce Lussu which I read this morning she said that the Northern European states have already fallen prey to a technocratic fascism, in which the power is concentrated in the hands of a few because this was facilitated by a coherent state-system. "Everything works well" in Holland, Germany, England. It's not difficult for the government to impose total control without evoking resistance. In a country like Italy, such control is not possible as the state has always been challenged by, in a word, the mafia. There is not one patriarchal system but two, and both of them intertwine and are also completely divided within themselves. Today's attempts to synchronize Italy under a technocratic regime are doomed to fail, as the populace is simply not interested in participating. The threats do not work, as they have been living under the threat of the mafia forever, and learned that violence and coercion is a fundamentally human rather than a delegated element.

 

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