Post by: Andrew Ryder

NonPolitics

‘The Function of Autonomy’: Félix Guattari and New Revolutionary Prospects

10 Sep , 2018  

Félix Guattari is widely discussed among philosophers, particularly feminists and specialists in ecology and technology. But in the Anglophone world, political organisers tend to ignore him. In part this is due to academic paywalls and university strictures confining his work, but the problem goes further: the stylistic conservatism of so ...

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Félix Guattari: Origins in Trotskyism and Psychoanalysis

25 Nov , 2017  

Félix Guattari is well-known for his philosophical works, co-authored with Gilles Deleuze. However, his early work has only become available in the Anglophone world recently. Guattari’s earlier inheritance from Trotskyism and from Lacanian psychoanalysis presents an important backdrop to his mature work. The intertwining of these two perspectives, along with ...

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Biopolitics

Maria Mies, Silvia Federici, and Biopower

13 Jul , 2017  

In the 1970s, activists and intellectuals developed new modes of inquiry for understanding the administration, control, and punishment of human bodies, and the constitutive effects that these techniques had on our means of apprehending ourselves and communicating with others. While Michel Foucault’s work on biopolitics is a particularly celebrated example, ...

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Zapatistas and Marxism

30 Jun , 2017  

The Militia System and the Zapatistas

The Zapatista Army of National Liberation (Ejercito Zapatista de Liberación Nacional – EZLN) became world-famous in 1994, with their “declaration of war” against the Mexican state. Their primary spokesman, Subcomandante Marcos, avoids traditional Marxist vocabulary or reference to figures of the Marxist tradition. While ...

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