Date: Fri, 02 Jan 1998 12:16:52 -0500 From: Arturo Cherbowski <artche-AT-ix.netcom.com> Subject: Re: Politics Mark: Sure, formally and in principle, politics does not have to bedefined in militaristic and economic terms. . . it can, as the Lyotard that writes after the terror inspired in him by percieving the beast too directly in his "Libidinal Economy", as the Lyotard of "Le Differend", be defined in terms of justice. . .but this again is only sheer formalism and one which priviledges simplistic view of the will. . .a certain naive voluntarism. . . as if politics depended only on what a will makes of it ("I will it to be about justice and hence it must be so. . .you will it to be about what you want but we are all entitled to our opinion. . .") Wouldn't it nbe wonderful if it was just so simple. . . the fact is that politics, its logics and operations, are not what any given subject makes of them, at leastnot now. . . I can not make justice happen just by willing it nor by discussing it endlessly. . . the domination ofand by capital defines politics in its substantive and concrete reality. . .whether we like it or not. . . the violence of my posts, the expletives, the polemics come from a compulsion to makes us face this square on whether we like it or not, much as Lyotard once did before turning away. . .(why turn away I do not know and any guess would end up being an ad hominem attack so I won't. . .he does call "libidinal Economy" the most evil of his books and it stands almost as the disowned offspring within the body of his work. . .again why the exclusion, sacrifice, turn or whatever ? What is being repressed that will return and which is always there, even in "le Differend", if only in its absence ? And I think that my posts caused such reaction not only because of their style. . .I think there is something here we, and I include myself, would rather not face. . . both about politics and about what we do as scholars or whatever given this. . .
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