Author Archives: Julius Gavroche

The gilets jaunes: Jacques Rancière on the virtues of the inexplicable

Beginnings do not reach their end. they remain halfway. But this also means that they never stop beginning over again, even if this means that the actors change. This is the realism of revolt, an inexplicable realism, one that demands … Continue reading

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The gilets jaunes: Fragments of interpretation

The yellow vests: February 9th, Act XIII … We continue to share fragments of reflections, of a movement, or movements, in motion. The yellow vests insurrection(s) is a picture of our future today: the only ethical response possible to permanent … Continue reading

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For Tomi Ungerer: A smiling anarchist

I think I would have been the perfect anarchist. We have too much discipline. You know my triangle of life? It’s very important. It took me years to do it. It’s a triangle with variable angles and one is for … Continue reading

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The gilets jaunes: Creative violence against State brutality

Fear! How long has it been since the ruling classes (of a “developed” country) have feared their poor? The forced gymnastics of the french government’s “great national debate”, supported and secured by a militarised police apparatus whose only red line … Continue reading

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The gilets jaunes: The war of images

Everything must be done to preserve the sense of this movement, the originality of the action that is outlined within it, the new freedom that it has already conquered for everyone. No organisation can today pretend to represent alone the … Continue reading

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The gilets jaunes: A movement that is not a movement

Movement is the impossibility, indefiniteness and imperfection of every politics. It always leaves a residue. In this perspective the motto I cited as a rule for myself might be reformulated in ontological terms as this: ‘the movement is that which … Continue reading

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The gilets jaunes: Between horizontal autonomies and vertical unity

A journalist, seemingly sharing the illusions of politicians, writes “it’s time for the gilets jaunes to decide who and what they want to be”. (The Guardian, 29/01/2019) The politicians of france (and of everywhere, faced by a similar insurrection) are … Continue reading

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The gilets jaunes: Fractures and lines of escape

Saturday, January 19, Act 10: The blocking of motorways weakens, occupations of roundabouts are increasingly cleared away by force (unless negotiated with local authorities), the marches in different cities appear more ordered, confined by marshals, Macron’s promises and his “great … Continue reading

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Elements for a cartography of belonging to a group

An essay ostensibly concerned with theatre becomes the occasion for a Spinozan and Deluzian inspired reflection on human community beyond the opposing, formal conceptions of community as an accidental aggregate of individuals or as a fusional collectivity bound by a … Continue reading

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The gilets jaunes: A rebellion against the totalitarians

How can one not but feel pride in being French? Emmanuel Macron, Letter to the French Act IX, Saturday January 12: the yellow vest insurrection continues. In response to french president Macron’s invitation for a “great national debate” on the … Continue reading

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