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Deleuze and World Politics: Alter-Globalizations and Nomad by Peter Lenco

By Peter Lenco

The crucial argument of this ebook is that the univocal ontology and corresponding immanent metaphysics of the French thinker Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) delivers a theoretical point of view able to accounting for the advanced nature of worldwide politics.

Drawing on a large choice of Deleuze’s writings, it develops a radical research of his ontology and metaphysics as they pertain to middle questions of global politics resembling strength, id, hierarchy, area, time, territory and the state.

The booklet explores the dynamics of up to date international politics and matters through targeting the ‘anti’ or ‘alter-globalization circulate’ (AGM). It analyses numerous methods to social and political concept which deal explicitly with the AGM together with worldwide governance idea, diplomacy, social stream idea, Marxism, and post-Marxism. those are contrasted with a bigger Deleuzian conception which are of use while addressing the diffuse, and infrequently paradoxical elements of global politics.

Deleuze’s paintings poses an important problem to standard figuring out of world politics and this e-book should be of substantial curiosity to these with an curiosity in social and political conception, serious diplomacy and globalization studies.

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However, if we take Laclau and Mouffe’s seminal work, Hegemony and Socialist Strategy, to be in any sense indicative of the post-Marxist approach, then we run into conceptual difficulty. Their main argument is that [i]n the face of the project for the reconstruction of a hierarchic society, the alternative of the Left should consist of locating itself fully in the field of the democratic revolution and expanding the chains of equivalents between different struggles against oppression. The task of the Left therefore cannot be to renounce liberal-democratic ideology, but on the contrary, to deepen and expand it in the direction of a radical and plural democracy.

A third way that the distance from mainstream political participation is main­ tained is the creative and experimental ways that activity normally considered political is carried out. For example, although the PGA has a minimal organiza­ tion, they favour decentralized mobilization. This highlights the fact that many groups associated with the AGM are often purposefully disorganized and have no membership per se. In the words of Subcomandante Marcos, ‘This intercon­ tinental network of resistance is not an organizing structure; it has no central head or decision maker; it has no central command or hierarchies.

This is particu­ larly significant since from the perspective of globalization theory the reduced power of states means that a struggle from below may be more effective than seizing institutional power (Burbach 2001: 79). When we look at groups which tend towards the alter- side of the AGM, this becomes even more pronounced. 9 Indeed one of the developments of the last couple of decades in both theoretical and practical terms is the entire problematization of power. For many, power is no longer seen as the goal but rather the problem in the first place, leading some theorists to make the distinction between ‘power to’ and ‘power over’.

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