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France: Politics as the construction of a security state

A proposed law that extends the powers of municipal police (e.g., permitting them to participate in the control of public demonstrations, intervene to control infractions in public space), private security services (e.g., they may be allowed to participate in public … Continue reading

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Giorgio Agamben: Regarding the coming time

Regarding the coming time (Quodlibet) What is happening on a planetary scale today is certainly the end of a world. But not – such as for those who seek to govern it according to their interests – in the sense … Continue reading

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Notes on the state of the plague

From the autonomous media collective, Bruxelles Dévie (and also posted on lundi matin), a reflection on the COVID-19 pandemic through the words of Michel Foucault. The english language translation follows. This enclosed, segmented space, observed at every point, in which … Continue reading

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Giorgio Agamben: Becoming faceless

Returning to our loss of face in pandemic times … A country without a face Giorgio Agamben, Quodlibet The face and the mask … although she [nature] made all other animate creatures face the earth for grazing,she made the human … Continue reading

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The revolutionary potential of abolitionist demands

From Roarmag (15/10/2020) magazine … Sovereignty’s gradual slide toward the darkest areas of police law, however, has at least one positive aspect that is worthy of mention here. What the heads of state, who rushed to criminalize the enemy with … Continue reading

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Whose afraid of anarchists?

Judging from what comes from the mouths of the Donald Trump government and its servile media, the united states of america is seemingly on the brink of a nation wide “anarchist insurrection”. From “anarchist led” protests against racist police violence, … Continue reading

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Learning From Portland

By Black Flag Catalyst (Anarchist Library 16/07/2020) … Foreword My city: Portland, Oregon is currently under siege from an occupying force. Make no mistake in assuming the state will hesitate to occupy other cities with their militant, violent force, for … Continue reading

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Experiments in total power: Portland

From one country to another, the pretense of democratic constitutional rule, respect for citizens’ rights, the presumed worth and dignity of everyone, is stripped away as quickly as the crises multiply and rain down upon us. Increasingly, the one obvious … Continue reading

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Giorgio Agamben: Normalising the state of exception under the Covid-19 epidemic

What follows is an interview with Giorgio Agamben by Nicolas Truong for Le Monde (24/03/2020), where he analyses “the very serious ethical and political consequences” of the security measures applied to curb the pandemic. As Le Monde reserves full access … 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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