The body around which Rage circulates is recognition. All is to be dared in order to be recognized (“even for a person of poverty”). Eros is merely the desire for fusion, which includes the kind of fusion to be found when practicing the Erotics of Hate (violence) or Love (sexuality).
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g-20 + “shock doctrine” = ! / g-20 + being & event = ? (one is tragic one is pitiful: do nothing pitiful)
as much as i dislike naomi klein, i do think that the events that transpired during the g-20 summit in toronto will inaugurate a new era of the removal of certain fundamental liberties and freedoms we have for too long taken for granted in canada. essentially, such an event allows the state to institutionalize new policies while at the same time bypassing all democratic process that would normally be necessary before such drastic systematic changes could take effect.
sometimes the mere threat of a disaster is enough for the state to implement new rules such as when, in the UK, suspected terrorists were plotting to bring explosives onto a plane in the form of liquids and gels. the result: immediate changes to domestic and international flying praxis, i.e. the restriction of what is allowed on a flight: the banning of liquids and gels. these changes took effect nearly immediately.
the theory of the “shock doctrine” goes a little something like this: the state uses “traumatic” events to impose limitations of the rights of its citizens and expand its own power. it does so in the name of whatever abstract ideal it is negating, for example, to take away freedom they say it is for freedom; to take away prosperity they say it is for prosperity. such events, however, are not limited to the artificial, man-made spectacles we witnessed at the g-20; they can take the form of “natural disasters,” like the earthquake in haiti in which case the state uses that event as a screen to cover its own “[ideological] maneuvers in the dark.” other examples of the “shock doctrine” in action were the floods in new orleans, 9/11, the cultural revolution, etc., etc.
all the money spent on the g-8 and g-20 and the budget will not be made public. all we know is that somebody got rich off of it. the police were allowed to arrest anybody they felt like and allowed to use an indiscriminate-if-short-of-lethal amount of force to subdue the “protesters.”
demonstrators are marching demanding an inquiry into the events of that weekend. they would do better to organize themselves into a militant unit and express their discontent in the form of rage: occupy a police station or city hall, take queen’s park hostage. non-violence is not a tactic the state has ever used or endorsed; why is violence abhorred by those who say they want social change? every advance in the field of freedom, liberty, and rights is won with and through struggle and paid for in blood. the logic of the “shock doctrine” could be opposed with the logic from badiou’s being and event: to see and commit to the event, to bring about the change that the event promises even if we know we will be betrayed … by our own militancy, our own fidelity …
then again, this is north america. if we haven’t completely lost the “will to rage,” its return is far from immanent. who knows what kind of violations our canadian culture of secrecy will perpetrate against us in the wake of the oh-so banal display of pseudo-violence that were the g-20 “protests.” violence can be divine, according to the angel of history; a genocide of the political class would be worth attempting, if hopelessly utopian. this would mean destroying anyone who holds a public position, who benefits personally at the expense of the public, even if “democratically elected” because, let’s face it, liberal-democracy has failed; communism fell and is taking capital-as-we-know-it and its politics with it. other forms of capital (not all bad) are, to use frederic jameson’s term “emergent.” a new notion of “the commons” is being constructed and BP will be tried for crimes against humanity. islamo-fascism is anti-capital only to a point, the point at which it is anti-enlightenment.
i call the “violence” tame, but north americans in general have forgotten what violence is: the destruction of things is an index of their collusion with material culture, of their disillusion with actually existing materialism. it is nearly unimaginable that a person should be killed – they are more concerned with property than with persons (the marxist “relations between people are become relations between things).
“the problem is not that we are a material culture, its just that we suck at being materialist” (zizek).
But if I had a cause, it would have been this: to threaten the state’s hold, its sweating iron grip, on violence. The police and military hold all the cards when it comes to the use of force. Police brutality is merely frowned upon. If killing were an Olympic sport, how many gold medals would our proud nation have? However, if a regular citizen were to act out in the way a police officer or soldier is expected to act, there would be Hell to pay. Imprisonment or the death sentence seem like harsh penalties for activities that are otherwise seen as glorious and heroic for some, barbaric and sociopathic for others. I will admit that there is a certain amount of risk involved being an agent of state violence, but this risk is minimal compared to the amount of power exchanged.
The state uses “restrained violence.” I did not. The state treats violence like an animal that can be tamed and unleashed. State agents of violence pride themselves on their control. No: human violence, once initiated, is uncontrollable. One may be disciplined enough to resist its use, but once in the act of committing an atrocity – restraint becomes a foreign body, an alien which once resided in the heart but now can only watch the butchery mute, horrified, and transfixed.
The state knew I threatened its monopoly on violence. That was the power of my rage. Absolute violence, cold and calculating ruthlessness, is a hot smothering sword that sears and immolates whatever it touches. Most of the population is too timid, too conditioned for comfort to ever let loose this power. They are the object-instruments of economic capital and commodity fetishes. My only value was rage; my only commodity was time.
There is little joy in a life filled with rage, but it is a necessity that is not insufferable.
i mean, just watch it. you tell me. i am reminded of tetsuo the iron man a little bit. pretty weird but pretty good too.
thanks to CH for linking me to this.
“the olympics is over. let history be recorded.”
truly, history has lost all meaning if even sports are able to “make it.” either history no longer has any meaning, or it truly has come to an end.
nowhere is the aggressive and violent nature of man more visible than in sport and its spectators. nowhere is it more refined.
just as fashion preserves the vestiges of cyclical time in feminine form, so sports is the masculine form of “menstruation;” the purging of excessive creative potential, which is superfluous because not utilized.
if “history is made” through sport, it is not any longer with human hands. in this sense, in addition to culture and meaning, we are seeing a “history industry,” an “industrially produced history” emerge. the sole purpose is to “make history” appear, to “produce” history. that there is such a demand for “history” in this sense attests to the mass production (of statistics, of merchandise, of images, etc.) and general lack of depth we observe around such “historical events.”
the libidinal investment in sports, in setting “records” as “history,” is like a pissing contest or flying to the moon. what do they think they will find up there that they can not find here? (Naked.)
the perversity of sports is strictly analogous to the obsession with youth; at once desirable and forbidden, athletes enter professional sports at younger ages. is this also not a form of bodily prostitution, albeit an asexual one? but nonetheless, the child-athlete is condemned to a life of performance in place of childhood. perhaps the days are not far off when birth itself will be seen as an athletic feat, the mothers having eaten nothing but fast-food for the term of their pregnancy (super size me), the birth being worthy of record in the annals of historicity. i am sure all of the majour fast food corporations would relish such an opportunity to promote an endorsement from the time an athlete is born: a lifetime contract of servitude to un-health.
one last analogy may be drawn between sex and “the making of history” through sport. here we cannot ignore the militaristic roots of athletic competition, or the ultimate purpose of warfare, of which sex is a by-product. competition is a result of conflict, but, once engaged, warfare is a way to stave off boredom, as are sports. in warfare, the occurrence of rape and other crimes of a sexual nature are well known; the same is true in sports: initiation rituals, sexual abuse of younger “players” by older ones, cheer-leaders, a team of players perhaps raping a prostitute for an evening’s amusement, a well earned reward for a hard won victory … it is the age old formula: the soldier and the whore. “we like the boys with the bullet proof vests / we like the girls with the cellophane chests” (Beck).
we’d be better off in the porno theater.
[none should mistake me. i am an athlete, though not a professional one. i play basketball, cycle, rock-climb, and swim as recreations. i prefer to do, not to watch. i have interests outside of athletics.]
i found this on the street today. i reprint it here to show how strongly some people are opposed to the TTC and the Olympics.
A Call to Terrorists’
“destroy the employees of the TTC, cut their throats, bomb their vehicles, sabotage their machines so they crash into one another, trample them beneath your righteous feet, see how they mistreat the people, how they take advantage of the people, rain acid and fire on their children and their children’s children, orphan their children, and make widows of their women, bomb them with diseases concocted in underground laboratories, scourge them, capture them and torture them, insult them and spit in their faces, lowly dogs, lower than dogs, they are fat and lazy, they know not what hard work or honest work is, free us from their scandals and their meanness of spirit, send them to hell and let them live in the abyss of darkness and pain forever. Amen.”
“destroy the Olympics, see their decadence and descend with wings of flames, burn them with your eyes and tongue, grind them all between your strong teeth, chew them and swallow them, vomit them forth, broken and bleeding, dying and destitute, see how healthy and wealthy they are, this is what they have stolen from you, take back what is yours, and give back the misery they have wreaked upon the rest of the world through their indifference, for you are the passionate, you are the chosen, and your reward shall be a world without medals of gold, and your reward shall be the golden light of eternal sunshine. Amen.”
“my call goes out to you because i am weak, i have no power, they persecute me before i act, and when i act they have anticipated my actions so that anything i could do comes to naught, so i beg you to help me with your infinite strength, your passion for vengeance, your heedlessness of the pain of others has taught me that human life is not precious, least of all their lives. Amen.”
i can only imagine who would write such a thing. the original document is handwritten in a beautiful calligraphic style. i wonder who can write so beautifully about violence of this sort. i think they are prayers or a sermon of some kind.