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Alejandro de Acosta: Its Core is the Negation

Alejandro de Acosta: Its Core is the Negation

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I have always considered my inclination to anarchy to be irreducible to a
politics. Anarchist commitments run deeper. They are more intimate, concerning
supposedly personal or private matters; but they also overflow the instrumental
realm ofgettingthings done. Over time, Ihave shiftedfrom thinkingthat anarchist
commitments are more than a politics to thinking that they are something other
than a politics. I continue to return to this latter formulation. It requires thinking
things through, not just picking a team; it is more difficult to articulate and it
is more troubling to our inherited common sense.
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I do not think I am alone in
this. It has occurred to some of us to register this feeling of otherness by calling
our anarchist commitments an ethics. It has also occurred to some of us to call
these commitments anti-political. I think these formulations are, for many of us,
implicitly interlinked, though hardly interchangeable. What concerns me here
in the main is the challenge of what it could mean to live out our commitments
as an ethics—though I think the relevance of this thinking to anti-politics will be
clarified as well.
I have always considered my inclination to anarchy to be irreducible to a
politics. Anarchist commitments run deeper. They are more intimate, concerning
supposedly personal or private matters; but they also overflow the instrumental
realm ofgettingthings done. Over time, Ihave shiftedfrom thinkingthat anarchist
commitments are more than a politics to thinking that they are something other
than a politics. I continue to return to this latter formulation. It requires thinking
things through, not just picking a team; it is more difficult to articulate and it
is more troubling to our inherited common sense.
1
I do not think I am alone in
this. It has occurred to some of us to register this feeling of otherness by calling
our anarchist commitments an ethics. It has also occurred to some of us to call
these commitments anti-political. I think these formulations are, for many of us,
implicitly interlinked, though hardly interchangeable. What concerns me here
in the main is the challenge of what it could mean to live out our commitments
as an ethics—though I think the relevance of this thinking to anti-politics will be
clarified as well.

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