Charlie Bertsch (cbertsch) wrote,
Charlie Bertsch

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Fight or Flight?

Turning from Ina onto First, my head still full of Multitude and its theoretical antecedents, my thoughts raced from Negri's "taking leave" to the equivalent concept in Deleuze and Guattari's "lines of flight." Either one is sexy enough to make me drop my boxer briefs. But at what price would that pleasure come? You can talk all you want about how "institutions" are hopelessly modern and therefore incapable of solving postmodern problems, but they continue to exist. And the Religious Right just finished a long march through them here in the United States. Do you think people like Tom Coburn worry about the flaws intrinsic to the politics of representation? I can see the value in a fantasy of perpetual flight, but only so long as no one forgets that it's a fantasy.

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