[D-G] zinfandel

Jon Mendel jon_mendel at hotmail.com
Mon Feb 7 10:05:18 PST 2005

Sylvie and Chris,

Thanks for forwarding the references - to be honest, I'm starting to 
think I might have mis-remembered or imagined what D&G said.

Chris - I'm not sure how much help I can be; to be honest, my first 
response to the quote you've forwarded is to think that it's extremely 
opaque!  For what it's worth, my reading of this quote would be that 
this 'de facto mix' of different semiotics and subjectifications forms a 
type of imperialism/capitalism/empire that can work to crush all 
non-capitalist semiotics.  D&G seem to be saying both that this can be 
interpreted as the semiotic of modern white man but also that this 
'white' semiotic is very much penetrated by other semiotics - "each 
element suffuses the other like drops of red-black wine in white water" 
and "faciality is always a multiplicity" (ATP 182).  Capitalism would 
then function through variegation - the "deepest law of capitalism [is 
that] it continually sets and then repels its own limits, but in so 
doing gives rise to numerous flows in all directions that escape its 
axiomatic" and even uses these flows in order to reterritorialise other 
flows that might seem to escape capitalism (ATP 472)  Perhaps capitalism 
would therefore construct its 'average' white face through the use of 

Chapman wrote:

>I've just scanned the 'Faciality' essay and was unable to find your desired
>reference under my pink and yellow highlights. Perhaps you can help me with
>Would you consider the following passage, (found in some cantankerous
>purple), to be an accurate inflection or reflection of what they mean and
>whom you think they have in mind when they are considering the 'terrible'
>faces of capital, or is there a distinct difference between stages of
>capital- and imperial- ism that I'm missing?
>"Neither (despotic slavery in general or proceeding by authoritarian
>contract) begins with Christ, or the White Man as Christian Universal: there
>are Indian, African, and Asiatic despotic formations of signifiance; the
>authoritarian process of subjectification appears most purely in the destiny
>of the Jewish people. But however different these semiotics are, they still
>form a de facto mix, and it is on the level of this mixture that they assert
>their imperialism, in other words, their common endeavour to crush all other
>semiotics. There is no signifiance that does not harbour the seeds of
>subjectivity; there is no subjectification that does not drag with it
>remnants of signifier... Our semiotic of modern White Men, the semiotic of
>capitalism, has attained this state  of mixture in which signifiance and
>subjectification effectively interpenetrate." (ATP 182)
>I'm unsure if they are suggesting that capital is a stage of entwinement
>beyond imperialism and the place of the 'white face' is as the telos of
>Indian, African, and Asiatic cystemps of empire? I can't square the
>'in-general' of capital's average white sensual face with your memory of it
>being coordinated by variegation.
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>Subject: [D-G] capitalism has many faces
>I seem to remember that, in ATP, D&G said something along the lines of
>'capitalism has many faces to the east and to the west, each one worse
>than the last'.  If anyone remembers where, that'd be much-appreciated :)
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