Preemptive Logic and the Necessity of Animal Politics

Preemptive Logic and the Necessity of Animal Politics AND THE NECESSITY OF ANIMAL POLITICS1 Brian Massumi's recent books What Animals Teach Us About Politics (2014) and Ontopower (2015) intervene in the same general field as the bipolitical theory of globalization offered by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri. Both projects develop an account of the imbrications of politics and ontology through engagements with Deleuze and Guattari, in particular their claims that ontology is fundamentally productive and that state politics function through vampiristic apparatuses of capture which feed off of and redirect the productive capacities of singularities (these singularities are no longer best understood as simply "human"). But while Hardt and Negri's project remains driven by Marxian analysis and a progressive tendency to organize the forces of the world into two blocks ("multitude" and "Empire"), blocks that function at the level of what Deleuze and Guattari would call the "molar," Massumi's interest is almost exclusively in the molecular. Where Hardt and Negri valorize incipient desire for refusal, for consciously being against Empire, Massumi's focus is on the virtual possibilities, which are nonconscious, from which movements and actions emerge. In Ontopower, Massumi's main object of analysis is the mutation in politics following September 11, 2001 that George W. Bush http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png symploke University of Nebraska Press

Preemptive Logic and the Necessity of Animal Politics

symploke, Volume 24 (1) – Jan 8, 2016

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AND THE NECESSITY OF ANIMAL POLITICS1 Brian Massumi's recent books What Animals Teach Us About Politics (2014) and Ontopower (2015) intervene in the same general field as the bipolitical theory of globalization offered by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri. Both projects develop an account of the imbrications of politics and ontology through engagements with Deleuze and Guattari, in particular their claims that ontology is fundamentally productive and that state politics function through vampiristic apparatuses of capture which feed off of and redirect the productive capacities of singularities (these singularities are no longer best understood as simply "human"). But while Hardt and Negri's project remains driven by Marxian analysis and a progressive tendency to organize the forces of the world into two blocks ("multitude" and "Empire"), blocks that function at the level of what Deleuze and Guattari would call the "molar," Massumi's interest is almost exclusively in the molecular. Where Hardt and Negri valorize incipient desire for refusal, for consciously being against Empire, Massumi's focus is on the virtual possibilities, which are nonconscious, from which movements and actions emerge. In Ontopower, Massumi's main object of analysis is the mutation in politics following September 11, 2001 that George W. Bush

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