Saturday, 20 August 2011

Down town: 10 exercises upon the idea that rioters are produced by riots

“... Grace, brothers, makes no conditions and singles out none of us in particular; grace takes us all to its bosom and proclaims general amnesty. See! that which we have chosen is given us, and that which we have refused is, also and at the same time, granted us. Ay, that which we have rejected is poured upon us abundantly. For mercy and truth hav e met together, and righteousness and bliss have kissed one another!”
Babette’s Feast

The territory of communism is presented with the problem of populations that cannot adapt to it.  There are now constructed many millions of individuals who are so personally damaged, having been driven so far into restricted behaviours, that the logic of expropriation dominates their every possibility. This population of looters has become foreign to communism, it is not of their essence. 

Conventionally, the opening gambit in the philosophy of overcoming is to always defer the question of healing and direct it towards a higher, more abstract, category. Overcoming assumes that this alien population, whose acts of revolt are interpreted as being necessarily greater than themselves, must be abolished, or buried, by the events that are their burden, that they have carried out from the twilight realm of potentiality into the world. 

However, from the opposite pole, from the collective perspective of the members of this population, it is they who are presented with the problem of the territory of communism, the very territory which cannot admit them... they dimly perceive that they most belong here, and that communism demands the release of themselves from themselves.