Why MPD Pulls Guns on Highschoolers and Sends Tactical Vehicles to Dance Parties

*Note: The article was hastily written a while back but the narrative and ideas presented still feel as pertinent as ever.* On January 19th, we tried to host a public dance party in Uptown in south Minneapolis. We asked people to meet up in a grassy spot by the Walker Library and were planning on dancing around with strangers to some hip-hop on our tiny … Continue reading Why MPD Pulls Guns on Highschoolers and Sends Tactical Vehicles to Dance Parties

THE SAVAGE PEACE: III. Civil War Revisited

*This is the last section to “The Savage Peace: Democracy’s 2500 Years of Failure and the Legacy of Global Civil War.” Read the introduction here, part I starts here, and part II starts here. The pdf of the entire book is posted on our pdf page. I am also selling copies of the book for 5$ (plus shipping), so email me if you want one … Continue reading THE SAVAGE PEACE: III. Civil War Revisited

THE SAVAGE PEACE: II. Management [Oikonomia]

*This is the last post for this section. Next week, I’ll post the conclusion to the book and the pdf. Check out the intro here, and the first post of part I. here. The physical book can now be purchased for 5$ as well. Email me at sashavs@riseup.net if you’re interested! Oikonomia: domestic power or the police a. Households “If you know what you are … Continue reading THE SAVAGE PEACE: II. Management [Oikonomia]

THE SAVAGE PEACE: II. Management [Nomos]

Nomos: the silent victory of the managers “[The law] is war itself, and the strategy of this war in action.” -Michel Foucault “The word ‘law’ has but one meaning: the law of nature is not a rule of duty but rather the norms of a power.” -Benedict de Spinoza We agree with Carl Schmitt when he writes that “All political concepts, images, and terms have … Continue reading THE SAVAGE PEACE: II. Management [Nomos]

THE SAVAGE PEACE: II. Management [Homonoia]

II. Management Homonoia: democratic power and its consensus machinery “Everybody knows, no one can deny, is the form of representation and the discourse of the representative. [Because it] rests its beginning upon such implicit or subjective presuppositions, it can claim innocence, since it had kept nothing back —except, of course, the essential — namely, the form of the discourse.” -Gilles Deleuze On Sunday, November 15th, … Continue reading THE SAVAGE PEACE: II. Management [Homonoia]

THE SAVAGE PEACE: I. Civil War [part iii.]

*This post concludes section I. Civil War of “The Savage Peace: Democracy’s 2500 Years of Failure and the Legacy of Global Civil War.” Next week, I’ll be publishing the first part of section II. Management. Read the intro to the book here. I. Civil War [part i.] here I. Civil War [part ii.] here Towards a history of Midwestern instability We are not arguing for … Continue reading THE SAVAGE PEACE: I. Civil War [part iii.]

THE SAVAGE PEACE: I. Civil War [part ii]

*This is the second part (of three) of the first section of “The Savage Peace”. The introduction can be found here. Part one of this section, Civil War, can be found here. Civil warfare… “I am entering on a work full of disasters, terrible in its battles, riven by seditions, in which even peace was savage.” -Tacitus “Only that which has no history can be … Continue reading THE SAVAGE PEACE: I. Civil War [part ii]

belli PROPOSES OPPOSITIONAL COMMUNE TO MN ARTISTS

Recently we learned about the possibility to make a submission to a local art hub for their Rethinking Public Spaces Throughout Minnesota grant. It would provide selected “artists” $5,000-$10,000 to carry out projects that would “encourage community engagement” by “redefining public space” or “utilizing neglected spaces”. With twenty-four hours until the opportunity closed, we decided we might as well put in our call for an ‘oppositional commune’: something that might press … Continue reading belli PROPOSES OPPOSITIONAL COMMUNE TO MN ARTISTS