The only role a teacher has in emancipation is the attempt to produce the pupil who who will revenge themselves upon the teacher, in the name of their own freedom.
Mankind is poised midway between the gods and the beastsPlotinus (via philosophy-quotes)
Philosophy, which once seemed obsolete lives on because the moment to realize it was missed. The summary judgement that it had merely interpreted the world, that resignation in the face of reality had crippled it in itself, becomes a defeatism of reason after the attempt to change the world miscarried… Theory cannot prolong the moment its critique depended on. A practice indefinitely delayed is no longer the forum for appeals against self-satisfied speculation; it is mostly the pretext used by executive authorities to choke, as vain, whatever critical thoughts the practical change would require.
Having broke its pledge to be one with reality or at the point of realization, philosophy is obliged to ruthlessly criticize itself.
Theodor Adorno, Negative Dialectics (London: Continuum, 1973), p.3
[Possibly the most exciting opening to a work of Philosophy]
Camatte… envisages three possible outcomes for the capitalist mode of production:Brassier, Ray, ‘Wandering Abstraction’, Mute, 13/2/2014
 [The] complete autonomy of capital: a mechanistic utopia where human beings become simple accessories of an automated system, though still retaining an executive role
 [The] mutation of the human being, or rather, a change of the species: [the] production of a perfectly programmable being which has lost all the characteristics of the species homo sapiens [these characteristics being, in Camatte’s account, the capacities of ‘creators, producers, users’ rather than mere labourers]
 Generalized lunacy: in the place of human beings, and on the basis of their present limitations, capital realizes everything they desire (normal or abnormal), but human beings cannot find themselves and enjoyment continually lies in the future. The human being is carried off in the run-away of capital, and keeps it going.
How is the UK commemorating the first world war, the great war, the pointless destruction of an entire generation for imperialist purposes?
A reproduction of a recruitment poster.
What does it mean to struggle against capital when capital has subjugated all of lived time, not only that of the working day, but all, all of it. Reproduction is like production, life is like work. At this level, to break with capital is to a prison break.
Negri, Antonio, Marx Beyond Marx: Lessons on the Grundrisse. Trans. Harry Cleaver, Michael Ryan, and Maurio Viano. Autonomedia / Pluto 1991, p.xvi
Philosophy is the head of human emancipation and the proletariat is its heartKarl Marx, A Contribution to the Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right (via makhno1991)
Nature is not great, it is not abundant. Or it is so harshly arranged that it has never bestowed its abundance and greatness on anyone. This is a good thing, otherwise—in historical time—all of nature would have been plundered, wasted, eaten up, people would have revelled in it down to its very bones; there would always have been appetite enough. If the physical world had not had its one law—in fact, the basic law: that of the dialectic—people would have been able to destroy the world completely in a few short centuries. More: even without people, nature would have destroyed itself into pieces of its own accord. The dialectic is probably an expression of miserliness, of the daunting harshness of nature’s construction, and it is only thanks to this that the historical development of humankind became possible. Otherwise everything on earth would long since have ended, as when a child plays with sweets that have melted in his hands before he has even had time to eat them.Platonov, Andrei, ‘On the First Socialist Tragedy’ (1934), NLR, 69 May-June 2011 (via fuckyeahdialectics)
Klemen Slakonja as Slavoj Žižek - The Perverted Dance (Cut The Balls)
No better summary of Žižek’s revolutionary position:
”In the good old days of Really-Existing Socialism, a joke was popular among dissidents, used to illustrate the futility of their protests. In the 15th century Russia occupied by Mongols, a farmer and his wife walk along a dusty country road; a Mongol warrior on a horse stops at their side and tells the farmer that he will now rape his wife; he then adds: “But since there is a lot of dust on the ground, you should hold my testicles while I’m raping your wife, so that they will not get dirty!” After the Mongol finishes his job and rides away, the farmer starts to laugh and jump with joy; the surprised wife asks him: “how can you be jumping with joy when I was just brutally raped in your presence?” The farmer answers: “But I got him! His balls are full of dust!” This sad joke tells of the predicament of dissidents: they thought they are dealing serious blows to the party nomenklatura [elite], but all they were doing was getting a little bit of dust on the nomenklatura’s testicles, while the nomenklatura went on raping the people…”