Leaving absence behind: Notes on insurrection
This is a call to indifference, not an insistence on normalization.
Every smashed window is a refusal to negotiate, a blow against the structure of the bureaucrats of revolt, a recognition of the singular teleology inherent in the articulation of multiplicities. The compulsive representation proposed to us is like a bad joke, and instead of laughter we respond with rupture. In the setting forth of encounters, we negate those who would have us give up the radical joy of zones of indistinction which need no justification for the catastrophe of impotentiality. Our need to riot is less the articulation of a concept than the elaboration of a state of exception.
To those who deride the immanent ecstasy in a car set aflame or a burning dumpster, we propose nothing less than to destroy their homogenous fossilization of our desires, at all costs. We must shatter all humanism—in secret. It is necessary to commence without illusions; not to dream of new ways to be productive, but to make manifest the subterranean communes in the heart of each barricaded hallway. What's needed is not totality, and even far less banality, but a putting-into-practice of inoperative crisis, a rejection in all forms of the temporality of mobilization.
This is a call to indifference, not an insistence on normalization. Confronted with those who refuse to recognize themselves in our orgies of negation, we offer neither criticism nor sympathy but only our contempt.