The obsession with suicide is characteristic of the man who can neither live nor die, and whose attention never swerves from this double impossibility.
— Emil Cioran (via blackestdespondency)
everyone is publicly saying all the time that the emperor is naked (that Western democracies are torturing terrorist suspects, that wars are fought for profit, etc. etc.), and nothing happens, nobody seems to mind, the system just goes on functioning as if the emperor has his clothes on.
— Slavoj Zizek on the society of cynicism (via alterities)
I tell my students, ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.’
There is in what I write something that calls: foreclosure: the intolerable, loved, already known, which cannot be quoted, only incorporated.
— Jacques Derrida, quoted in Geoffrey Bennington’s Jacques Derrida (via heteroglossia)
Sometimes, carrying on, just carrying on, is the superhuman achievement.
— Albert Camus, The Fall (via larmoyante)
Since capital is always doing well somewhere, the illusion arises that all will be well everywhere if we only readjust the form of capital to that predominant in Japan and West Germany (the 1980s), the United States (the 1990s) or China (after 2000). Capital never has to address its systemic failings because it moves them around geographically.
David Harvey, Seventeen contradictions and the End of Capitalism: Uneven Geographical Developments and the Production of Space. p154
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