The Savage Peace: Democracy’s 2500 Years of Failure and the Legacy of Global Civil War

*This post contains links to each part of the book called The Savage Peace: Democracy’s 2500 Years of Failure and the Legacy of Global Civil War, the entirety of which has previously been published to this website in segments. The book is an attempt to think about politics and history from a perspective of difference rather than identity. This resulted in a number of paradoxes, … Continue reading The Savage Peace: Democracy’s 2500 Years of Failure and the Legacy of Global Civil War

Norms // Law: Fictions and Theaters of Power—Bellum Primer Zero

“Only a fiction can make us believe a law is to be respected.” -Michel Foucault a. on gods and activists: the myth of authority At a demonstration in Minneapolis on November 10th following the election of Donald Trump, demonstrators moved onto I-94, blocking all lanes of traffic, making use of a tactic that has gained popularity in the Twin Cities since late 2015. A small … Continue reading Norms // Law: Fictions and Theaters of Power—Bellum Primer Zero

Belliful—BRI summer updates

Dear Friends and Strangers, Welcome to the Belliful—an assuredly not-absurd neologism meaning simply “full of of the war“—our new ongoing segment for updates, lewd pictures, and all the little things we think are worth telling all you lovely strangers about (with some experimentation in puns). Expect one every once in a while or maybe only occasionally, depending on how we’re feeling. the belli is pregnant … Continue reading Belliful—BRI summer updates

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]