Molecular Revolution in Brazil (Semiotext(e) Foreign by Félix Guattari, Suely Rolnik, Karel Clapshow, Brian Holmes

By Félix Guattari, Suely Rolnik, Karel Clapshow, Brian Holmes

The post-'68 psychoanalyst and thinker visits a newly democratic Brazil in 1982 and meets destiny President Luis Ignacia Lula da Silva: a advisor to the radical idea and optimism on the root of brand new Brazil.

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It does not have to be that way. ” There is no profession that is essentially of a police nature other than the police profession itself, and even that is debatable. From the point of view of micropolitics, any praxis may or may not be of a repressive nature; no scientific body, and no body of technical reference can guarantee a correct orientation. Nothing guarantees that a processual micropolitics, one that constructs new modes of subjectivation that singularize, can be found in that kind of education.

There is everything that comes before that, at elementary school and at home: a kind of apprenticeship that consists in going about the city from childhood, watching television—in short, existing within a completely machinic environment. The production of manufactured goods cannot really be reduced to one sphere, the sphere of the factory. The social division of labor involves an enormous quantity of paid work outside the productive organization (in collective facilities, for example), and unpaid work, especially work done by women.

Yet others belong to the production of power: they stand in a relation to the law, the police, and similar authorities. My hypothesis is that there also exists a subjectivity that is even more extensive. It is what I call capitalistic subjectivity. It would be useful to define subjectivity in another way, totally giving up on the idea that society and the phenomena of social expression are the result of a mere agglomeration, a mere sum of individual subjectivities. On the contrary, it is individual subjectivity that results from an intersection of collective determinations of various kinds, not only social but also economic, technologic, the media, and so on.

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