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The Wisdom of Rioters


From the “Preface” by Ill Will Editions:

[] Fast-forward to June 6. Two and a half months of intense rioting and pitched street fights against the cops had produced what the philosopher Michel Foucault called a ‘subjectivation’: a new way of being in the world that emerges by bending power relations in a new direction. Of course, riots are nothing new. But when they take on a protracted consistency in space and time, they attest to the emergence of rioters: not just bodies exploding with rage, but battle-forged subjectivities that have learned how to fight and won’t be able to return to the daily life from which they’ve broken away by risking themselves in combat. This emergence of the rioter and its wisdom is the subject of the following text.”