“1. The system reproduces its existence because it goes unrecognized.
2. The system brings about, through the reproduction of its existence, an effect of misrecognition.”
Ranciere, Jacques, The Ignorant Schoolmaster, 1991, ‘Introduction’ p.xi-ii (via fuckyeahdialectics)

A Koala reflecting on his sins, his triumphs, and the inevitability of death.



Happy Hour, The 99-Pack

Uh, guys. Guys.

“The ultimate condition of production is therefore the reproduction of the conditions of production.”
Althusser, Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses (via apoliticalnonsense)
“One thing, however, is clear: nature does not produce on the one hand owners of money or commodities, and on the other hand men possessing nothing but their own labour-power. This relation has no basis in natural history, nor does it have a social basis common to all periods of history. It is clearly the result of a past historical development, the product of many economic revolutions, of the extinction of a whole series of older formations of social production.”

Karl Marx, Capital vol. 1 (via transparkle)

This is the good stuff.

(via dagwolf)

“When someone asks ‘what’s the use of philosophy?’ the reply must be aggressive, since the question tries to be ironic and caustic. Philosophy does not serve the State or the Church, who have other concerns. It serves no established power. The use of philosophy is to sadden. A philosophy that saddens no one, that annoys no one, is not philosophy. It is useful for harming stupidity, for turning stupidity into something shameful. Is there any discipline apart from philosophy that sets out to criticise all mystification, whatever their source and aim, to expose all the fictions without which reactive forces would not prevail?…Finally, turning thought into something aggressive, active and affirmative. Creating free men, that is to say men who do not confuse the aims of culture with the benefit of the State, morality or religion….Who has an interest in all this but philosophy? Philosophy is at its most positive as a critique, as an enterprise of demystification.”

Deleuze, Nietzsche and Philosophy, 106.

This is in my top 10 favorite quotes ever but I disagree. The reply must be aggressive, passive-aggressive, or whatever you think the best strategy is. Be subtle, polite or otherwise. There are no rules for this. Just do not come off as a fundamentalist. That is how you get trapped, trapped by the small. Be philosophical about your philosophy. Don’t be aggressive necessarily. Sublimate your aggression so that it works. Or else you’re just like everyone else, not a philosopher but a wanna-be, a crypto-sophist.

(via crematedadolescent)

“For every thread of the social fabric worn bare by the friction of modern alienation, the market has risen with a synthetic strand of its own.”

Death and the Maiden



Freud’s theory of the death drive also gives us a way to think about gender.

Walter Benjamin remarked of the people who experienced the First World War:

A generation that had gone to school in horse-drawn streetcars now stood in the open air, amid a landscape in which nothing was the same except the clouds, and at its center, in a forcefield of destructive torrents and explosions, a tiny fragile human body.

What this body could mean was newly in question. Benjamin discusses economic depression, technological innovation, moral uncertainty, and violence, but the First World War also provoked a crisis of masculinity. Men died, were wounded, and later found themselves unemployed in unprecedented numbers. Meanwhile women, as Sarah M Gilbert and Susan Gubar argue in No Man’s Land, “seemed to become, as if by some uncanny swing of history’s pendulum, even more powerful.” Tiny fragile human bodies threatened to detach themselves from their traditionally assigned gender roles. At this historical moment, death collided with gender.

Confronted with a profusion of patients shaken by traumatic dreams in the wake of World War I, Sigmund Freud had a theoretical as well as therapeutic problem. He had previously asserted that every dream is the fulfillment of a wish, but the repetition he encountered in traumatic dreams contradicted this claim. In Beyond the Pleasure Principle (1920) he asked, Why repeat something unpleasurable? Why return to the site of trauma?

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“The human phenomenon is but the sum
Of densely coiled layers of illusion
Each of which winds itself on the supreme insanity
That there are persons of any kind
When all there can be is mindless mirrors
Laughing and screaming as they parade about
in an endless dream”
Thomas Ligotti (via sisyphean-revolt)