Saturday, December 8, 2007

2 Short Diatribes About Fear

From A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism & Schizophrenia: "We can guess what fear is. We are always afraid of losing. Our security, the great molar organization that sustains us, the aborescences we cling to, the binary machines that give us a well-defined status, the resonances we enter into, the system of overcoding that dominates us--we desire all that...We flee from flight, rigidify our segments, give ourselves over to binary logic; the harder they have been to us on one segment, the harder we will be on another; we reterritorialize on anything available; the only segmentarity we know is molar, at the level of the large-scale aggregates we belong to, as well as at the level of the little groups we get into, as well as at the level of what goes in our most intimate and private recesses. Everything is involved: modes of perception, kinds of actions, ways of moving, life-styles, semiotic regimes...The more rigid the segmentarity, the more reassuring it is for us. That is what fear is, and how it makes us retreat into the first line" (Deleuze & Guattari 227).

From Easy Rider: "They'll talk to ya & talk to ya & talk to ya about individual freedom. But they see a free individual it's gonna scare 'em."

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