Bulletin N° 386
Subject: MORE ON THE "WAR" IN GAZA --"IT'S LIKE SHOOTING FISH IN A FISH BOWL."
Molarization is another word for "fascism". Fascism is a manic attack by the body politic against itself, in the interests of its own salvation. More precisely, it is an attack by the "whole" of society, its image of unity or plane of transcendence, against its "parts," its bodies or plane of immanence. It is desire turned against itself. . . .
A fascist state is a suicide state. Between the disciplinary mechanisms providing its point of departure and the death frenzy of its end there is less a difference in kind than a difference in degree. There is nothing extraordinary about fascism. It is normality to the extreme, an exacerbation of the constituent tension of identity, an acceleration of the vicious actual-virtual circuit peculiar to the process of social induction. Fascism is social Reason, and Reason is its own revenge.
Although fascism-paranoia and anarchy-schizophrenia can be conceived as two poles at either end of a continuum of variation, they are not symmetrical. This asymmetry is underlined by the fact that anarchy-schizophrenia effectively encompasses fascism-paranoia. Theirs is not a formal distinction between two binary opposites, but a real distinction between two modes of dynamic interaction and directions of movement. . . .
Fascism-paranoia, the molar-moral drive of Oedipal desire, works to fashion society into sameness of varying scales --a mise en abyme of homologous organic structures (normality as the embodiment of analogy; being as self-similarity). Fascism-paranoia is the condition known as being in the molar- moral "majority." The image of the cell fits best: its lethal, imperialist process resembles nothing more than a metastasizing cancer. Anarchy-schizophrenia is anoedipal desire that respects the partiality of bodies (their polymorphous
connective potential; their "perversity"; their difference). . . . Its constituents are not discrete if interlocking organs and cells . . . . They are superposable "dense points" (essentially imageless shreds of virtual space-time . . . ). Anarchy-schizophrenia is "becoming-minor." Since its process is mutational, it can be likened top a virus (it hijacks and scrambles life codes, rather than replicating them wholesale).
A society --any formation, for that matter-- is an endless tug-of-war between the cancerous limitative body without organs of fascism-paranoia and the viral nonlimitative body without organs of anarchy- schizophrenia, as cosmic principles. The two virtual poles together constitute Desire.
. . . "fascism- paranoia" is not a terminological substitute for "fascism" proper. [This] analysis focuses less on a formation's present state . . . than on the vectors of potential transformation it envelops.(Brian Massumi, A User's Guide to Capitalism and Schizophrenia, Deviations from Deluze and Guattari, pp.116-120)
from James Cohen :
Date: 11 January 2009
Subject: a song for Gaza: "We will not go down".
When a spirited song about Gaza by a U.S. singer-songwriter starts making the rounds, could it be the sign that something is beginning to change? Fragile hope perhaps, but just watch and listen:
Thanks to François G. for passing this along. . . .
from Information Clearing House :
Date: 14 January 2009
WARNING -This video contains images of the death and destruction caused by Israel's attack on the people of Gaza. Viewer discretion is advised. Continiue
from Paul Craig Roberts :
Date: 14 January 2009
Subject: The humiliation of America.
Israeli politicians have been bragging for decades about the control they exercise over the US government. In his final press conference, President Bush, deluded to the very end, said that the whole world respects America. In fact, when the world looks at America, what it sees is an Israeli colony. Continue