Derelict Space

Tag: State history

The State Needs Slaves So that they May Need the State

by markdyal

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

Think Differently about Thinking Difference

by ds1977

“There is a fundamental difference between State history and minoritarian becomings: whereas the State continually adds developments to its past – both in writing and through territorial conquest – a minoritarian becoming subtracts the codifications of its past in order to maximize the potential to take history in other directions. In other words, the narratives of State history and the actions informed by that history retrace and reinforce the causal chains that produce and/or consolidate State rule – this is the one sense in which history is always written by the victor. By contrast, minoritarian becomings strip away (decode) the actual determinations of the past, and restore to the present its virtual potential to become-otherwise in the future.” Eugene Holland, Deleuze and Guattari’s A Thousand Plateaus, 136-137.