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A Paradoxical Presence of Circulation
journal of schizoanalytic studies* (2016)
  • A.T. Kingsmith, York University
The possibility of the revolutionary dream—the rendering of an effective menace to all established order—survives within the illusory gap that separates social from technical machines. This dream is virtual, an aspect of reality that is ideal but nonetheless real—a potentiality produced by actual causal interactions at the material level. It is the prospect engendered by a virtual becoming fulfilled in the actual (Deleuze, 1966). It is a ground that does not resemble that which it grounds. To eradicate the illusive space between technical progress and social totality is to embark on an immanent de-territorialising of the structures of power, violence, and law—a process of becoming-revolutionary.
The syncretism of technocrat and dictator, of mechanisation and revolution, they make possible the dream of permanent revolution. This becoming-revolutionary—situated on the folding in of an imaginary rupture between human and machine; social totality and technical progress; past, and future—constitutes a vital point of departure for this symbiotic line of flight. Following from the nomadism of Deleuze (1968), this essay is untimely, abandoning the circle—a faulty principle—it returns to the straight and the narrow—the paradoxical presence of circulation—creating, destroying in order to create, never to preserve. Such a line of flight is but the induction of a larger terrain of the etymological, ontological, and politicological possibilities of deterritorialising the false binary of organic and technical through a concept-ontology of revolution-mechanisation.
  • circulation,
  • politicological,
  • revolution-mechanisation,
  • becoming-revolutionary
Publication Date
Summer 2016
Citation Information
A.T. Kingsmith. "A Paradoxical Presence of Circulation" journal of schizoanalytic studies* Vol. 1 Iss. 2 (2016)
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