Behind the hypnotized grimaces of official pacification there is a war. We can no longer merely call it economic, or social, or humanitarian. It has become total. By now everyone has felt their existence becoming a battlefield on which neuroses, phobias, somatizations, depression, and anxiety each beat their respective retreats; yet nobody has managed to grasp the meaning of their trajectory or what is really at stake. Paradoxically, it is the total nature of this war—total in its means no less than its ends—that has allowed it to cloak itself in such invisibility.
Tiqqun, from “Preliminary Materials for a Theory of the Young-Girl,” translated by Ariana Reines, in the current issue of Triple Canopy. Tiqqun’s forthcoming book of the same title will be published by Semiotext(e) in June.
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