[D-G] Things said and things unsaid
sylvieruelle at earthlink.net
Mon Feb 21 11:33:21 PST 2005
When I see people being for example "anti-bush" i say ok, he stands for
something they do not like... but what do they like?
the mass media is exhausted and one is no longer to get any ideas from
it anymore. (excuse me if i am wrong in any way in what i am trying to
say, being "american")
so one does a "corretage" (sp?) and goes to the archives and books...
thus one might read deleuze and guattari (economic thinking...
capitalism and schizophrenia).
what you say here reminds me very much of a book i read a long time ago
called "Erewhon" by Samuel Butler... where the machines take over in
What is scary is all these people not being ever able to catch up in
anyway financially (Kafka images). I am originally from Los Angeles
and it is very clear there that more and more and more people are going
into poverty because of many complicated factors. There simply are
exhausted physically, the wages do not pay the bills, the city is
terribly overcrowded, and the jobs are not enough, and to top it off
everyone "migrates" there... so from your ideas I sort of see a race
going on with different areas of the world competing for the upper hand
financially and the key being in technology... But what kind of
technology? and i think it was said a higher technology... better
It is scary to think of the world as forces, regardless of human
beings. For the earth does not know what it is, i think someone said
(D+G?)... for it is alive.
On Feb 21, 2005, at 11:05 AM, Dr. Harald Wenk wrote:
> I think that is a very good objection.
> The main thing that has changed, thatr it is no longer crucial to be
> "anti". The generation of 68 wasinst the establishment and suppression
> in any form.
> My generation, which is more that of 78, tried a little to build up
> some alternative ways of living, substituting families by communities,
> non autorative education and non-hirarchical organisation of work.
> This has led to a own left wing scene, with the obstacle that it was
> from the majority of normal people. Thes people were also interested
> in overcoming the difficulties of family life and hirarchic work.
> But as the left liked to critize the things in such a way that only a
> change of system, e.g. the destroying of capitalism, is able to bring
> the communication, in a emphazic sense, broke down.
> Especially the attitude of making the majority feling guilty as their
> was said to relay on the explotation of the third and fourth world,
> has been
> deseastrous in this respect.
> If you look, the main profit in the western countries
> is earned with indusrtrial and postindustrial (media, software) goods.
> So think this economically utterly nonsense, the wealth is a effect
> of higher
> productitvity based on higher technology.
> If anyone remembers, the original critic of Marx goes, that capitalism
> is a bondage for productivity. This is indeed the case, but the critic
> often, that the development of technology goes too fast.
> I dont if you imagine what kind of freedom, first of work,
> automatization brings.
> I my eyes, and also in the eyes of the economy, a lot of paid work
> today is more or less
> superflous. Now as people need income, we got a problem of
> unemployment, which is a expression of wealth.
> Now this wealth goes in zthe totally wrong direction,
> as it sharpens the concurrence among the people, who want to be
> This is also thge case for very educated people.
> It is a effect of technological pprogress, that more and more
> qulified work becomes superflous.
> Another effect of the high productivity is that human work is
> exorbitant expensive compared with industrial produced goods.
> So there is a strong urge to avoid it as a cost factor.
> In short, the economical "empire of freedom" has grown,
> but most people do not participate adequately.
> In this situation it is in my eyes necessary to develop
> a economical thinking, especially concerning the distribution
> of money, which on one hand encourages technological
> develpopment and on the other hand let a lot of people profit of
> the spare time gained by the higher productivity of the machines.
> Thats economics.
> On the other hand i don't see what cultural interest
> are for the majority, to suppress something cultural worhwhile.
> The poorness of mass media is mainly due to the exhaustion of the
> having no real time and habit to think about things and develop goood
> In short, thinking in suppression is not the main thing anymore,
> perhaps it is time again
> to think of solutions for the majority, incliding oneselft, of people.
> Concerning the undevelopped countrys, it is necessary, as tghe
> industroal take off got a new phase,
> to do this with high tech, by mas production not so expensive, which
> is ecological effectiv.
> Harald Wenk
> Am Mon, 21 Feb 2005 09:08:39 -0800 schrieb sid littlefield
> <falsedeity at lycos.com>:
>> To clear some confusion and ask another question:
>> My original post, that started a bit action, was not a condemnation
>> of all poetry or creative posts to this list, nor was it an attempt
>> to maintain the "original identity" of this list. It was a particular
>> reaction to "bad poetry." The fact that it has gotten such a response
>> from certain members (some even calling for my removal) strikes me as
>> strange since I did not mention a specific entity that should
>> question their own posts. This unconscious reaction seems to me to
>> verify my original post. So now that that is cleared up, I have this
>> For a poilitics of the left to not only continue to exist (which it
>> seems to barely be doing at this point) but became viable once again
>> it seems that we should re-think the conditions that we find
>> ourselves within today, and how these conditions differ significantly
>> from the time of the 60's, a time when most of the philosophers that
>> we are drawn to are writing and/or beginning to formulate a thought,
>> or series of thoughts. Is idenity, the signifying language system,
>> and so one, truly what (to use a sort of out of fashion term)
>> oppresses us and, more importantly, the third-, forth- world? I am
>> thinking of this in terms of D & G's use of and understanding of
>> Marx. Can we not understand Capital today, at the beginning of the
>> 21st century, as already opperating on a level of
>> non-identity/a-signification? Yes, capital must always
>> reterritorialize (the revolution of the means of production feeds the
>> desire that capitalism has promised to fulfill) but what if it no
>> longer opperates under the signs of identity?
>> So this is my question:
>> What has changed since the May '68 in terms of our conditions for
>> political thought and action?
>> "Speed is the elegance of thought, which mocks stupidity, heavy and
>> slow. Intellegence thinks and says the unexpected; it moves with the
>> fly. A fool is defined by predictability." Michel Serres
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