Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Nor yet good red herring: Autumn (1)

Peppered. Even supposing their internal non-contradiction, it is a mistake to proceed on the basis that the ruling ideas are the ideas of the ruling class. Not only does this misrepresent the factors of determination at the heart of the expropriating process, it also permits the inference that other ideas, those ideas which do not 'rule', must therefore belong to those who are not the ruling class. As a consequence, the political rejection of what are identified as ruling ideas becomes a primary means for representing emancipation from present conditions - a feedback is immediately triggered where 'ruling' tropes and motifs are successively identified within the projects that have ostensibly set out to oppose the ruling class. Whoever repudiates convention, is later found out (by those succeeding them) to hypocritically embody it - critique is nothing but the endless succession of a-ha! by which the presence of 'tutelage' must be disclosed within self-identified projects of 'Enlightenment.' And yet, if considered 'materially', how were these holders of subaltern ideas to sustain their thinking outside of the determinative field of their environment? From what ground would ideas emerge that are incompatible with 'the ruling material force of society?' Either individuals autonomously generate their ideas and are therefore not bound by the material constraints of the world, or they are tragically impelled to give utterance to that which is already latent - And she took on another heart—no longer minded toward earthly things—but ecstatically in the angelic dialect, sending up a hymn to God in accord with the style of the angels. And as she spoke ecstatically, she allowed “The Spirit” to be on her garment."  In practice, at the level of social reproduction, every idea that is possible within a given environment is also compatible with it. Whether it rules or not, every line of thinking emerging from a world, also belongs to it. When considering the question of its appearance, it is never a matter of what the idea is (a more or less distorted negation of environmental process; a more or less distorted imaginary statement of what is not in the world; a more or less distorted response, description, adaptation, incorporation; a more or less distorted lagging behind the material force of society), it is never a matter of what is being thought but of the range of the idea's distribution throughout social intercourse. An idea 'rules' to the extent that it is widespread rather than because it reflects or articulates the interest of an identifiable social subject - ideas are only ever mechanically successful but then every idea is, at its core, merely a mistaken presentation of the totality. For this reason, the idea of outlying ideas, where other subjects wait in history's trenches to go over the top, misses the point. You are free to think anything that is of your world. You are free to think as far, as high, as deep, as skewed, as fragmented, as deluded as your abilities allow, but you are not free to think anything that is incompatible with your conditions. The structural distinction that is created between ideas at the moment of their appearance is set quantitatively rather than qualitatively; then, the rate of appearance of a particular idea is always more significant than its content. Whatever the idea, it is the magnitude of amplification that is decisive (render unto Caesar only achieved its significance through imperial amplification). The higher the rate of circulation of a thought, where reproducibility is determinative, the more successfully it has adapted to its environment. If every potential idea  within a world is also optimisable given sufficient capital investment and market research, then revolutionary ideas (that is, ideas intentionally directed against the host environment) collapse immediately into crisis. If, considered at that level of reproductive optimality, relatively unpopular ideas are relatively more antagonistic to the processive environment, then revolutionaries seeking to grow the market for their argument are caught in a conditional bind: the successful revolutionary must adapt successfully to the repudiated environment. Grand pas: find the word for the predicament specific to a neglected journal where the writer returns after an elapse of several months, both contrite and resolute, but only betrays the contrition and crumbles beneath the resolution, by making no subsequent returns, and thereby fixes this first return as the journal's last entry.  

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