Today’s lesson: DGR is the scientology of radical politics.
Texts such as Call or The Coming Insurrection however, do not even properly ask the question of what the revolution is, for in these texts the problem has already been evaporated into a conceptual miasma. In these texts, the revolution will be made not by any existing class, or on the basis of any real material, historical situation; it will be made by ‘friendships’, by ‘the formation of sensibility as a force’, ‘the deployment of an archipelago of worlds’, ‘an other side of reality’, ‘the party of insurgents’ – but most of all by that ever-present and always amorphous positivity: we. The reader is beseeched to take sides with this ‘we’ – the ‘we of a position’ – to join it in the imminent demise of ‘capitalism, civilization, empire, call it what you wish’. Instead of a concrete, contradictory relation, there are ‘those who can hear’ the call, and those who cannot; those who perpetuate ‘the desert’, and those with ‘a disposition to forms of communication so intense that, when put into practice, they snatch from the enemy most of its force.’ Regardless of their statements to the contrary, do these pronouncements amount to anything more than the self-affirmations of a self-identifying radical milieu?
only sort of embarrassed to reblog this but it’s very spot on..
Sam Durant, I Don’t Believe in Nothing, I Feel Like They Ought to Burn Down the World, Just Let it Burn Down, Baby.; I’m Your Best Friend / I Kill You For Nothing, 2010 — Spray enamel on mirror, plywood; Dimensions vary — installation view, Mirror Travels in Neoliberalism.
TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER
STAY LOYAL AND STEADFAST
KEEP YOUR SECRETS