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The global movement, from Seattle forward, appears as a battery that only half works: it accumulates energy without pause, but it does not know how or where to discharge it. (Paolo Virno, 2004)

The motives, resolutions and execution of the movements present at the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference in december of 2009 expand a majority of topics that relate to our musings on being-together. The organized resistance that was present at the summit expresses bio-politics, elicits exposure, frames globalization, critiques culture, utilizes networks and, of course, is movement in and by itself. Yet, one point requires immediate address: the matter of its definition. What do we mean when we talk about movements?

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So, to set up our undoubtedly engaging discussion about Derrida and the politics of community, I hereby post another experpt from my paper for Precarity course. It’s not related directly to Derrida’s politics of the impossible friendship, but does go into the enduring non-individuation of the political movement. I argued in my essay that it might be worthwhile to reframe the politico-theoretical discourse on multitude and movement into a more directed ‘point’: namely that the issue of horizontality and openness of Ideology concerning movement is in fact very precarious. I hope you at least find some things to argue with, and Baylee: please feel free to counter my text with the stuff that we are to read for the next session on Derrida and Community! (more…)

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