Looting is extremely dangerous to the rich (and most white people) because it reveals, with an immediacy that has to be moralized away, that the idea of private property is just that: an idea, a tenuous and contingent structure of consent, backed up by the lethal force of the state. When rioters take territory and loot, they are revealing precisely how, in a space without cops, property relations can be destroyed and things can be had for free.
The language barrier is when two people speak the same language. It is no longer possible for them to understand one another.
—Adieu Gary Cooper, Romain Gary, Gallimard, Paris, 1969
A poster functions like a mirror. If its author hasn't managed to project his own vision, the visitor cannot plunge their own into it. If, under the pretext of providing a response to an imposed subject, these two visions do not sparkle with their independence of mind then the image would be meaningless.
—Étienne Hervy, M/M Paris
“Anxiety, and especially depression, as the late social critic Mark Fisher noted, often have social causes, but we are led to believe that we suffer individually and must struggle alone. Fisher’s point is that we are prevented from even considering such conditions as social. The treatments on offer, the most common ways to discuss recovery—therapy and pharmaceuticals—are essentially solo journeys that patients undertake. Against this hyper-individualist vision of psychic healing, we do well to highlight Fisher’s core insight that the tools we are given skew how we understand the world and our place in it. Language, typically the most essential method by which we articulate our affective life, can be a most insidious means of our own oppression if co-opted by those who would exploit us.”
— Miya Tokumitsu, Tell Me It’s Going to be OK