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Contemporary Political Theory

, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 583–603 | Cite as

The micropolitics of desire reproduced: A Nietzschean revolutionary-becoming in a post-industrial age

  • Christian GilliamEmail author
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Abstract

The premise of this article is that the political import of Deleuze and Guattari’s “micropolitics of desire” has been obscured and as such remains underdeveloped. The micropolitics of desire is here reproduced to provide a Nietzscheo-Marxian critique of capitalism and resistive politics of the future. This entails an entirely different understanding of the nature of power and resistance, as compared to prevalent views. Power is not negative or anti-energy, but a socially productive force operating on, with and through the productivity of desire, delineating an immanent, quantitative and “fusional multiplicity” of a producing-production. Resistance is a matter of recomposing this producer-produced relationship in a manner problematic to and in excess of the very productive core of capitalism. In terms of praxis, this amounts to experimental practices that resonate into a viral though non-teleological “revolutionary-becoming”, delineating a form of a-systematic and post-identity resistance. The underlying thesis is that we must change our “desire”, before we can hope to change our politics.

Keywords

micropolitics desire Deleuze Guattari Nietzsche Marx Freud revolution capitalism 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of SurreyGuildfordUK

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