Against synthesis


Against the notion of dialectical synthesis, it is necessary to invoke here Sylvain Lazarus’ thesis that a political sequence should be identified and thought on its terms, as a homogeneous singularity, and not in terms of the heterogeneous nature of its empirical future. Specifically, a political sequence does not terminate or come to an end because of external causes, or contradictions between its essence and its means, but through the strictly immanent effect of its capacities being exhausted. It is precisely this exhaustion that Saint-Just refers to when he notes that ‘the Revolution is frozen.’

In other words, the category of failure is not relevant here, for it invariably consists in assessing the political sequence in terms of states of affairs that are external and heterogeneous to it. There is no failure, there is termination.

This is from Metapolitics, which I just started reading. In some ways this is very similar to what I wrote about discipline and politics in my last post, but in many other ways it, and other parts of the book, is quite different from what I was getting at, or trying to at least. Anyway, more on all this as I read through the book.


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