radical individualism serves as the ideological justification of the unconstrained power of what the large majority of individuals experience as a vast anonymous power, which, without any democratic public control, regulates their lives.
this has been a weakness of radical politics; to idealize the oppressed, as if their politics and culture were untouched by the system of domination, as if people did not participate in their own submission. To reduce domination to a simple relation of doer and done-to is to substitute moral outrage for analysis.
"Science in general relates to nature and man only as the insurance company in particular relates to life and death. Whoever dies is unimportant: it is a question of ratio between accidents and the company’s liabilities. "
"If barter is the secular form of sacrifice, the latter appears already as the magic pattern of rational exchange—a device of men by which the gods may be mastered: the gods are overthrown by the very system by which they are honored."
It is difficult for any individual man to work himself out of the immaturity that has all but become his nature. He has even become fond of this state and for the time being is actually incapable of using his own understanding, for no one has ever allowed him to attempt it. Rules and formulas, those mechanical aids to the rational use, or rather misuse, of his natural gifts, are the shackles of a permanent immaturity.
Any science is based upon the special nature of that which it has made its object through its methods of objectifying. The method of modern science is characterized from the start by a refusal: namely, to exclude all that which actually eludes its own methodology and procedures. Precisely in this way it would prove to itself that it is without limits and never wanting for self-justification. Thus it gives the appearance of being total in its knowledge and in this way provides a defense behind which social prejudices and interests lie hidden and thus protected. One need only think of the role of experts in contemporary society and of the way economics, politics, war, and the implementation of justice are more strongly influenced by the voice of experts than by the political bodies that represent the will of the society.
"What passion itself fails to do, passion well-imitated accomplishes." — Diderot
We must be insistently aware of how space can be made to hide consequences from us, how relations of power and discipline are inscribed into the apparently innocent spatiality of social life, how human geographies become filled with politics and ideology.
“ ‘Tolerance’ also wants the other with the ‘fall’. We are interpellated into [ideological] safety, no ‘fall’: safe sex, or—you know, the same story at all levels of consumerism—beer yes but without alcohol, chocolate yes but with no sugar and so on: to get a thing (a product) but without this potentially-dangerous dimension. And that’s my problem with (official) “Multiculturalism”.
Of course I am for other cultures, but official multiculturalism and tolerance also wants the Other, without the ‘fall’: you know: the other, who is like us. And then you idealize the other. This is, for me, the worst form of racism.
I had the experience of a lifetime a couple of years ago in Misoula, Montana with 3 or 4 so-called “native” Americans. First of all, they protested this term—I love them, they said, “We are ‘native’ Americans, so you are… ‘cultural’? [Americans], we are ‘native’?, or what?” They told me, “we much prefer to be called “Indians” because at least then our name is a monument to White man’s stupidity—thinking they were in India!”
And they immediately detect this [idealization]. They told me they hate it so much when they get white guys come up to them and say, “you’re so wonderful, holistic, sensitive, and so on”, with such pride… I love them, they told me, “F*** you white people! We burned more forests, we killed more buffalos than you ever will do! etc”, because they got very well how foul is this celebration of a holistic, harmonious approach etc.
That’s the paradox of our era: the more we talk of “tolerance”, the more intolerant we are." — Slavoj Zizek [YouTube →]
Well, I’ve changed the course of music five or six times. What have you done except fuck the president?