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May 15, 2010
I'm not sure if the the missing fourth term (the S1, if you will) is necessarily the state... In the series neoliberalism, religion, neuroscience, there seems to be a qualitative difference from the series communism, atheism, psychoanalysis. So it's not just that the former replaced the latter. It's, rather, that the former ARE the post-political co-ordinates, marked by the absence of a certain Master-Signifier. Would it not make sense to think of this missing fourth term as the 'class struggle' itself? The series communism, atheism, psychoanalysis, as a thematic translation of the series Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, represents a particular political stance against the series, capitalism, Christianity, individuality (or some other version of bourgeois subjectivity). It therefore represents a critical position against the background of the latter. Perhaps, then, what is needed is a critical formula for the post-political conditions of neoliberalism, fundamentalism (standing in for religion proper), neuroscience, all of which are ideological effects of contemporary class struggle (and the contemporary form of the class state). However, I'm at a loss when it comes to naming that formula... The (post-)structuralist version could, perhaps, have been Althusser, Deleuze/Foucault, Lacan... But I think that the present conditions of struggle require a new-er formula... this post really got me thinking :)
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