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Thanks to the comrade who put me onto this…
How did our lives become so wrapped up with McDonald’s? This is the same company which grows baby chickens without arms and legs. The same company which feeds its customers and workers poisioned food. Wonder why we get cancer? Look at what we are eating. This was supposed to be a temporary job. But it has become a prison cell and our bunk mate is Ronald McDonald.
Thanks to the comrade who put me on to this…
“If the first wave provided a machine for fighting misery, and the second wave a machine for fighting boredom, what we now need is a machine for fighting anxiety – and this is something we do not yet have. If we see from within anxiety, we haven’t yet performed the “reversal of perspective” as the Situationists called it – seeing from the standpoint of desire instead of power. Today’s main forms of resistance still arise from the struggle against boredom, and, since boredom’s replacement by anxiety, have ceased to be effective.
Current militant resistance does not and cannot combat anxiety. It often involves deliberate exposure to high-anxiety situations.”
“There is no entity, no identity, no queer subject or subject to queer, rather queerness coming forth at us from all directions, screaming its defiance, suggesting a move from intersectionality to assemblage…” 211
“There are no points or positions…There are only lines.
As opposed to an intersectional model of identity, which presumes that components–race, class, gender sexuality, nation, age, religion–are separable analytics and can thus be disassembled an assemblage is more attuned to interwoven forces that merge and dissipate time, space, and body against linearity, coherency, and permanency.” 212–Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times by jaspir k. puar
Who we are is contstantly in flux. We are not stable identities/ subjectivities. Intersectionalities freeze to quickly only to reveal a flow. We flow. We move. When we stop at a pariticular subject, our momentary freedom only hides pain, terror, and possible death. When we stop at a particular point is when we close off connections. New possibilities. New relations. New forms of life. To flow is to be free and to desire. To flow is to revel in the being of becoming.
There are days when I feel Muslim.
Their are days when I hate being Muslim.
There are days I am an atheist.
There are days I am agnostic.
There are days I wish for God to come down and strike the evil doers.
There are days I wish to kill God.
Am I a Kafir? I have been told to leave Mosques.
There are times I feel like an anarchist.
There are times I feel like a communist.
There are times I feel we are all cowards.
There are times I feel like a coward.
There are times I feel like I will explode into the many assemblages I am.
Only then will I will be able to sort out who I am.
I have been told that I am a great person of color.
I have been told I am white.
I have been told I am Black.
I have been told I am Mexican.
I have been told I am Arab.
I have been told I am a Jew.
I have been told I am a terrorist.
I have been told I am a camel-jockey.
I have been told I am a sand-nigger.
I have been told I am a nigger.
I have been told I am an idiot.
I have been told I am a genius.
I have been told I am a failure.
I have been told I am a disappointment.
I have been told I am a mentor.
DG Fast Food Experimental Flyer
This experimental flyer (not distributed and still in draft form) is inspired by Anti Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia by Deleuze and Guattari…..
The Body is the Weapon–Mysterious comrade
“For no one has thus far determined the power of the body…” Spinoza
We desire beautiful, delicious and healthy food. Instead at fast food spots we fill our bodies with poison. Heart disease, diabetes, and obesity is our future. It is not god which awaits us in the afterlife but Ronald McDonald with another Big Mac. Laugh mother fucker laugh. Here is a death meal that will make you happy….the fries that will make your anus bleed ketchup….
We are the over fed. We are over fed like cows and pigs. This is another factory of a new type. Look around. If we were animals you would think we are going to be slaughtered. But aren’t we? We over eat so Dave the founder or Colonel sSanders from KFC can pocket some cash. Then we have to go to work to make that cash. If animals only purpose is to eat, sleep, and fuck then we have become animals.
That is not true. Animals get to play more than us and get to spend more time with their children. If this does not shock you then your brain cells have been killed by the microwave eyes of Ronald McDonalds. Smile.
Sleep. Eat. Work. Eat. TV. Eat. Sleep. Repeat. This is our life. We fill the cracks with smiles, church. And our children or bfs/gfs. Cracks of a plumbers ass.
Below is a new art of learning. A new art of collaborating. A new art of working together. How does an organization incorporate this? It is the free flow of creativity…What does this mean for political line? What does this mean for developing a program?
“Similarly, my students’ thinking becomes nomadic, roaming right out of the lessons I’ve mapped out for them. They open up entirely new lines of flight that lead into uncharted and possibly dangerous intellectual and emotional territories. For example, we are talking about religion’s role in society and suddenly a student shouts out “I’m gay, does that mean I won’t go to heaven?”, or we’re talking about some contemporary political debate and suddenly three students demand to know why the economy crashed and a fourth wants to figure out whether it has something to do with the Illuminati and a fifth makes a speech against conspiracy theories, prompting a debate that engulfs the class for the rest of the period.
I’m not talking about the moments where bored students tactically lay out a piece of tangent-bait hoping the teacher will get derailed so they don’t have to do their classwork. Usually those tangents are even more predictably scripted than our lessons. I’m talking about moments where students go on tangents precisely because they are NOT bored. Moments where the planned learning activities open up a vortex of emotion and thought because they touch on concepts, issues, and experiences that students usually do not get a chance to discuss in their daily lives. Something one student says resonates with the others, and it unfolds a waterfall of thoughts that students didn’t know they urgently needed to talk about until that moment. Now they are not going to want to talk about anything else – except for everything else that relates.
In this sense, learning is not about discovering perfect truths that represent a stable reality composed of separate people and objects. That kind of learning leads to understanding , posing objectives like “students will identify what these things are, and show this on a test”. It objectifies things, and thus it objectifies knowledge. Instead of seeking understanding, Deleuze and Guattari argue that the really interesting pursuit is learning to think – which often involves learning to feel. Thought does not simply discover things, it creates new lines of flight. It creates concepts and desires that traverse our bodies and minds, weaving among each other and the people, machines, plants, animals, cities, economies, words, and music we interact with.”
” One way to approach Deleuze and Guattari’s politics is to see them as offering a new political ontology. Deleuze cannot accept the dogmatic ontology offered by traditional political theory. To begin our political thought with individual human beings, each of which comes with his or her own (chosen) interests, is already to give the game away. It is to concede the stability of the already given that is the foundation of the dogmatic image of thought.
The problem is not only that individuals’ interests are intimately bound up with the society in which they live. It is true, as the communitarians2 have pointed out, that liberal political theory’s isolation of individuals from their societies often paints a distorted view of people’s interests. Individuals are far more subject to their social surroundings than liberal theory would have us believe. But the problem Deleuze sees is deeper. It lies in the very concept of the individual.
Why should we assume that individual human beings are the proper ontological units for political theory? Is it possible to start with some other unit? Or better, is it possible to start with a concept that is not prejudiced toward any particular unit of political analysis, whether it be the individual, the society, the state, the ethnic group, or whatever? Is it possible to conceive politics on the basis of a more fluid ontology, one that would allow for political change and experimentation on a variety of levels, rather than privileging one level or another?
Ultra-left communism, communization, autonomous marxism, communism, insurrectionary anarchism, anti-state communism etc. So many of the labels and self-identifications thrown around today remind me of Marx’s passage, “And just as they seem to be occupied with revolutionizing themselves and things, creating something that did not exist before, precisely in such epochs of revolutionary crisis they anxiously conjure up the spirits of the past to their service, borrowing from them names, battle slogans, and costumes in order to present this new scene in world history in time-honored disguise and borrowed language.”
I am not sure whether journals like End Notes, Theorie Communiste etc can be called communist. Obviously not. They see themselves as communization. Costumes are hard to change. Communism as the development agent of capitalism, is what communism will be known as in the 20th century. Hardly an enemy of capital.
Communism and anarchism as 19th and 20th century problematics might be more to the point. Where we go from here is much more difficult to see. What it will be called is only obscured by self labels like communism/ anarchism. All those people who refuse to be labeled might be correct. The C/A label only confuses things. Anytime someone says it, a litany of ‘ifs,’ ‘buts’ and further self clarifications follow. How appropriate considering the blood spilt in these traditions (especially the communist tradition).
I wrote this in a moment of euphoria while on the subway…
I know what I fear. I am afraid. But will go forward with that fear in my heart.
Communism is the analysis of the social conditions with no ideological inhibitions.
1. When I was at the University of Washington, I became convinced that all students should wear t-shirts with their philosophical tradition/ perspective printed on the front. That at any time, someone could challenge you to a philosophical duel and you would have to defend yourself.