File spoon-archives/lyotard.archive/lyotard_2001/lyotard.0103, message 88

Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2001 23:36:40 +0000
Subject: Re: I'd rather be a Cyborg than a Goddess


The issue is not that of a "movement" but rather how can the actions visable
around you today can become more overtly political - that is the attempt to
formally take control, and transform these societies.

Consider the counter-globalisation movement and the nomadic movements of
populations. How can these diverse challenges which are being made to the
post-modern world with its endless repressions, stratifications and
re-territorialisations become more directly political in the above sense? (and
of course the question of whether they should - which is the unsaid in relation
to 68)

It can only do so in my view when they develop a consciousness capable of
understanding the repressive operations of the globalised world.

Perhaps the question implicit below is what is the purpose of theory, of
philosophy. My own view is that it exists to invent concepts and propose ways
of understanding the world - what is yours?

Since I'm middle aged - Karl and Groucho to great Marxists - plainly



hugh bone wrote:

> Eric et. al.,
> Agree with most of this analysis, but can't imagine how intentions based on
> even a hint of Marx, a name has negative meanings to the middle-aged and
> older, or intentions based on the ideas of Continental philosophers, known
> to only a handful of
> people in the U.S., could possibly become a "movement".
> A significant global movement without strong support within the U.S. seems
> impossible.
> Movements in the last half-century, in which minorities
> changed history, were Civil Rights, ending the Vietnam War, and and
> Perestroika.
> Information Age resources might, in theory, have accelerated achievement of
> those causes.
> The African American community of Montgomery struggled through 13 months of
> passive resistance to overcome legal segregation on buses in 1956.
> The 1968 protests in Paris were were noisy and newsworthy, but were wiped
> out in just a few days.
> The questions for Cyborgs and the others, are:  where, when and how to
> begin.
> Regards,
> Hugh
> '
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> > Here is where postmodern Marxism becomes possible, as Cyborgs and other
> > workers complexify to create not merely revolution, but a singularity
> > that goes beyond these attempts to intervene and regulate the
> > spontaneous order of information.  The stakes are over whether or not to
> > continue a "winner take all" unstable economy or drift  towards
> > cooperative coevolutionary decentralized structures. Ones that support
> > more ephemeral and sustainable pleasures, as the job economy moves from
> > work to play and our Calvin ghosts take on ecstatic flesh to arise in a
> > profane resurrection of joy, a virtual pagan Easter where information
> > breeds like bunnies.
> >
> >


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