Wednesday, 16 January 2013

The Too Easy: a collection of not overly convoluted, not overly worked upon fragments

Tongue twister. Intolerance illuminates the structuring of the  Institution – it must always appear as an exception in a field of given tolerances.  Tolerance is not an opposite to intolerance, it is the basic coding in social relations, the knot of permissions, which sets the space for what is allowed in those relations (which are not grounded in primary repression.) However, where tolerance is realised institutionally as the suppression of all possible instances of intolerance, it becomes capricious, stepping out of its structural function, becoming a practice and seizing the space of the instance. There is no path to the institutionalisation of tolerance in social relations through the practice of tolerance. Where tolerance is both institutionalised and practised, the ritual space for previously permitted expressions of intolerance is lost from social discourse and a culture of secondary repression and denunciation takes its place. Where the possibility for intolerance is not defended formally, there can be no tolerance as such; as only the intolerable may be tolerated and thus structurally allocated its instances. The structure of toleration, which is not a practice but a mechanism built through layerings of antagonistic intolerances  proceeds  algorithmically from offence, to shock, to argument, to release, to acceptance, to forgetting. The movement is always from instance to structure and back to instance. However, in the institutionalised space where intolerance is entirely suppressed there emerges a pernicious tendency towards a practice of non-coded, unregistered, hostility: a category type error in which intolerance walks out in the guise of tolerance. The post-repressive and tolerant institution produces a discursive field of binds where tolerance becomes a means of invisible domination.