A defence of armed art/struggle
A defence of armed art/struggle

A defence of armed art/struggle

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Such obsessive antinomian attitude and constraint, which I have provocatively termed ‘armed’ struggle in the way to (rather than as the opposite of) peace, present as spirit, collective effervescence, combat, or phantasm in institutionalizing or constitutive rituals (exemplified by the oath by sceptre episode in classical literature, and often imagined as an original ‘contract’ authorized by a generic ‘will’ that legitimates law in modern literature), is represented under the political economy of the industrial-colonial regime in a state of suspension or ‘emergency’. In this respect, as suggested above, the ‘state of emergency’ that according to Benjamin has become the rule isn’t the consequence of violence. On the contrary, it’s the attempt to suspend combat, to externally impose upon peoples a fictive unity (the unity of their ‘needs’) and to extract from peoples their ability to use force as well as do battle against the sovereign.