From: Aden Evens <aden@xxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 27 May 1997 02:24:05 -0400
>if we take Aden's cue and adopt his view on rhizome [...], then there is
>not >much to say: rhizomatic political strategy
>would be nothing else then pragmatist politics, the politics of
>compromise and opportunism governed by the demands of context/moment
As Liano pointed out, to limit oneself to any particular program,
pragmatist or otherwise, is to create an impoverished rhizome indeed. Or
maybe it is enough to note that pragmatism, like the rhizome, doesn't rule
anything out. It doesn't rule out considerations of the *future*
consequences of one's actions, nor even the tactical establishment of
goals, which are more than just "for the moment." (Though goals are always
subject to modification.) You are right that there is no rule built into
D&G that would interdict fascist alliances. Somewhere near the end of
Chapter One of Anti-Oedipus, D&G mention that not only do unconscious
fascisms masquerade as overt revolutionary impulses, but mutatis mutandum
[?], unconscious revolution may flow underneath fascist organizations.
One never knows what one's actions will lead to, revolution, stasis, an
iron fist. Is this ignorance an excuse/invitation to do whatcha like? The
only judgement of your actions are their consequences. But the consequences
do not judge the action in summary, as though they added up to a value,
which was then ascribed to the action. The consequences are the judgement.
*As though every event was sentenced to its consequences, in an immanent
and perfect justice.*
>the motto of rhizomatic strategy would be "it depends..."
>long live fascism with a human face - and D/G its prophets!
Of course it depends. There are still reasons for what I do. When I give
those reasons, I will rarely quote D&G. If you are looking for reasons to
act one way as opposed to another, you may find them in D&G. But those
authors are not trying to convince you of anything, much less get you to
act a certain way. What would be the point of telling you not to be a
fascist? Perhaps they offer some insight into how not to be a fascist, but
this offer can be taken in myriad ways, some no doubt fascist, and there is
never a guarantee about where you might end up when you 'heed' D&G.
A stitch in time saves nine.
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