Derelict Space

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.

State Hegemony Depends on Intellectuals

by markdyal

“The State-sponsored Intellectual History of the West makes clear the function of knowledge as a tool that integrates conception, sociality (civil society and the citizen), and spirituality to coincide precisely with the needs and aspirations of the bourgeoisie. The intellectual, then by definition, is the man or woman who best elaborates the dominant (hegemonic) social order, as those beyond such an order are, by definition, non-intellectual. The task today is to produce an intellect among men and women beyond the order. The new intellect, however, must have its own, organic, language and conceptual base. If the State’s hegemony is built using bourgeois technologies, then the limits of that hegemony must be found in the counter to the bourgeois. Such a counter is best summarized in one word: violence.” Antonio Gramsci, “The Intellectuals,” from The Prison Notebooks; Huey P. Newton, Revolutionary Suicide; Georges Sorel, “Letter to Daniel Halévy,” from Reflections on Violence.

Fire on the Hills

by markdyal

The deer were bounding like blown leaves
Under the smoke in front the roaring wave of the brush-fire;
I thought of the smaller lives that were caught.
Beauty is not always lovely; the fire was beautiful, the terror
Of the deer was beautiful; and when I returned
Down the back slopes after the fire had gone by, an eagle
Was perched on the jag of a burnt pine,
Insolent and gorged, cloaked in the folded storms of his shoulders
He had come from far off for the good hunting
With fire for his beater to drive the game; the sky was merciless
Blue, and the hills merciless black,
The sombre-feathered great bird sleepily merciless between them.
I thought, painfully, but the whole mind,
The destruction that brings an eagle from heaven is better than mercy.

Robinson Jeffers, from Thurso’s Landing.

Overcoming the Bourgeois Form of Life

by markdyal

Starts at home.

The State Needs Slaves So that they May Need the State

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“The industrial age made it increasingly difficult for individuals to take full responsibility for themselves.” Karl Polanyi, The Great Transformation.

“In My Leisure Time I Watch TV or a Movie, or Play Facebook.” “Good, Very Good.”

by markdyal

“Words are still the principal instruments of control. Suggestions. Persuasions. Orders. No control machine so far devised can operate without words, because only words create the subtleties and ambiguities needed to manufacture the opposition and acquiescence, without which, there is no control.” William Burroughs, “The Limits of Control,” Schizo-Culture: The Book, 38.

If What You Love Holds You Back, It Doesn’t Love You

by markdyal

“Make your loves into war-machines, and create your wars as love-machines.” Eugene Holland, Deleuze and Guattari’s A Thousand Plateaus, 138 (translation modified).

Make a Withdrawal

by markdyal

Q: What are banks for?

A: To make money.

Q: For the customers?

A: For the banks.

Q: How do banks make money?

A: Customers lend it to them, and they lend it to other customers, each time charging interest.

Q: How much interest?

A: It depends on the bank. They set the rate as a rate of profit.

Q: Why isn’t it my profit? It’s my money after all.

A: You make a profit as long as you don’t withdraw your money: usually around half of one percent.

Q: Why do I need a bank at all?

A: You have to pay for goods and services that will not take cash.

Q: Why won’t they take cash? It seems a system designed to guarantee the banks a profit.

A:

Q: And why would I need a bank if I didn’t want to withdraw my money?

A:

Q: Hello? Why would a bank not want me to withdraw my money?

A: Because if you withdraw it they can’t lend it to anyone else.

Q: And if I remove my money which has been lent to someone else?

A: The bank will give you someone else’s money.

Q: But suppose that person wanted his/hers too? What if everyone wanted his/her money at once?

A: It’s the theory of banking practice that they never would.

Adapted from G. Edward Griffin. The Creature from Jekyll Island and Punch.

… But only for Beasts of Prey

by markdyal

“Ideals are cowardice.” Oswald Spengler, Man and Technics, 33.

Not, “Even Though,” but Precisely Because

by markdyal

“No one really believes anymore in revolutions – at least, that is how we are speaking these days! – even though, oddly enough, we still believe in ‘the I, the Self, in individuals, Races, Persons, and Nations.” Gregg Lambert, In Search of a New Image of Thought, 18.