File spoon-archives/lyotard.archive/lyotard_2003/lyotard.0302, message 23

Date: Sun,  9 Feb 2003 12:53:35 -0500
Subject: RE: the latest in propaganda...


Got this great desk calendar for Xmas w/ George W. quotes.  Here's one from 
November 2, 2000 in the Austin American-Statesman that seems salient:

"If you don't stand for anything, you don't stand for anything. If you don't 
stand for something, you don't stand for anything."

Here is the chiasmus of Bush-thinking:  the "anything/something" parallel that 
implodes on itself like Magritte "This is Not a Pipe" painting.  

Here's a possible de-coding of this Bush-ism:

If you don't stand for something, you don't stand for anything.  
If you stand for anything, stand for something.

That something can't be anything, though.

Because anything can be anything; it is, literally, ANY anything
And at least with something, you have some sum.  

So: Stand for some, don't stand for any
    Stand for sum, don't stand for (m)any

Eric, you mention the Zapatistas and "another world," and that reminds me of 
Agamben's call towards the Coming Community.

He writes in a book by the same name:

It is the Most Common taht cuts off any real community.  Hence the impotent 
omnivalence of whatever being.  It is neither apathy nor promiscuity nor 
resignation.  These pure singluraties communicate only in the empty space
of the example, without being tied by any common property, by any identity.  
They are expropriated of all identity, so as to appropriate belonging itself, 
the sign E.  Tricksters or fakes, assistants or 'toons, they are the exemplars 
of the coming community (10-10.1).

Is there any choice?


Quoting Eric <>:

> Don, 
> What you say about democracy is true enough and I don't really have any
> answers. I thought Michael Moore's movie "Bowling for Columbine" was
> important because it raised important questions about the ways we are
> manipulated through fear without giving the usual cheap journalistic
> answers.  Perhaps this is the first step - to recognize that fear is
> used as a weapon and to resist it as such.  
> I admit I have been surprised to discover how many others here in
> America share political views similar to mine about the war and the
> economy.  There is also a linkage here with others around the world.
> While I don't want to minimize the dangers, I also want to point out
> that this is not the time for us to despair.  
> Once Margaret Thatcher said: "There is no alternative."
> More recently, it has been said by the Zapatistas: "Another world is
> possible."
> Now we must decide what choice we will make. What world will you choose?
> eric 


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