Leaving normalization behind: Notes on indifference
What's needed is not totality, and even far less humanism, but a putting-into-practice of immanent zones of indistinction which need no justification, a rejection in all forms of the structure of absence.Our need to riot is less the elaboration of a concept than the construction of an event. It is necessary to commence absolutely; not to dream of new ways to make demands, but to make manifest the subterranean encounters in the heart of each car set aflame. Confronted with those who neglect to recognize themselves in our orgies of destruction, we offer neither sympathy nor criticism but only our derision. The pathetic mobilization proposed to us is like a bad joke, and instead of laughter we respond with insurrection.
In the articulation of zones of offensive capacity, we shatter those who would have us give up the radical ecstasy of crisis for the misery of banality. To those who deride the inoperative joy in a barricaded hallway or a moment of friendship, we propose nothing less than to destroy their compulsive impotentiality, without looking back. Every smashed window is a refusal to be productive, a blow against the temporality of liberalism, a recognition of the singular teleology inherent in the articulation of multiplicities. We must negate all activism—without illusions.
This is a call to social war, not an insistence on passivity. What's needed is not totality, and even far less humanism, but a putting-into-practice of immanent zones of indistinction which need no justification, a rejection in all forms of the structure of absence.AGAIN