06 January 2011


Liberated desire means that desire escapes the impasse of private fantasy: it is not a question of adapting it, socializing it, disciplining it, but of plugging it in in such a way that its process not be interrupted in the social body, and that its expression be collective. What counts is not the authoritarian unification, but rather a sort of infinite spreading: desire in the schools, the factories, the neighborhoods, the nursery schools, the prisons, etc. It is not a question of directing, of totalizing, but of plugging into the same plane of oscillation. As long as one alternates between the impotent spontaneity of anarchy and the bureaucratic and hierarchic coding of a party organization, there is no liberation of desire.

Felix Guattari, "Capitalism: A Very Special Delirium," Chaosophy: Texts and Interviews, 1972-1977 (Semiotext(e), 2009).

1 comment:

  1. I see a description of a place with no treasure map to get there.

    "Plug in, spread out, turnip?"

    What ELSE does 'liberated desire' mean?