Derelict Space

Slave Power Moves the Bourgeois World, Part 2

by markdyal

“We speak of masters and nobility, as if just by vocalization the world has been transformed; and of course, everything has only happened between slaves, conquering or conquered. The mania for representing, for being represented, for getting oneself represented; for having representatives and representeds: this is the mania that is common to all slaves, the only relation between themselves that they can conceive of, the relation they impose with their triumph. It is the slave, with its mediocre dialectical machine that exclaims to all the futility of escape.” Gilles Deleuze, Nietzsche and Philosophy, 81 (translation modified).

Slave Power Moves the Bourgeois World, Part 1

by markdyal

“Nietzsche asks: who conceives of the will to power as a will to get oneself recognized? Who conceives of power itself as the object of a recognition? Who essentially wants to be represented as superior and even wants his inferiority to be represented as superiority? ‘It is the slave who seeks to persuade us to have a good opinion of him; it is also the slave who then bends his knee before these opinions as if it wasn’t him who produced them.’ What we present to ourselves as power itself is merely the representation of power formed by the slave. What we present to ourselves as the master is the image of the triumphant slave.” Gilles Deleuze and Friedrich Nietzsche, Nietzsche and Philosophy 80-81, On the Genealogy of Morality 3:14.