Nomad Citizenship

Nomad Citizenship: Free-Market Communism and the Slow-Motion General Strike

Eugene W. Holland
Copyright Date: 2011
Edition: NED - New edition
Pages: 272
https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5749/j.ctttsw4g
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    Nomad Citizenship
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    Nomad Citizenship argues for transforming our institutions and practices of citizenship and markets in order to release society from dependence on the state and capital. Responding to the challenge of creating philosophical concepts with concrete applications, Eugene W. Holland looks outside the state to analyze contemporary political and economic development using the ideas of nomad citizenship and free-market communism.

    eISBN: 978-0-8166-7842-6
    Subjects: Philosophy

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. PREFACE
    (pp. ix-xiv)
  4. INTRODUCTION: Assays in Affirmative Nomadology
    (pp. xv-xxxii)

    The point of doing philosophy is to create new concepts, and political philosophy creates concepts in response to social problems that confront the philosopher in a given historical milieu. The concepts define the problems in responding to them. Philosophical concepts extract from actual historical states of affairs what is philosophically “Interesting, Remarkable, or Important,” as Deleuze and Guattari say: “what belongs to philosophy by right.”¹ At the same time, and conversely, it is the historical milieu that provokes philosophical thought to begin with: something in the milieu has become unbearable, Intolerable, Problematic; it forces the philosopher to think anew, to...

  5. CHAPTER ONE From Political Philosophy to Affirmative Nomadology
    (pp. 1-30)

    If philosophy is the creation of concepts, then how and why does this creation occur? And when does it become political—when does philosophy become political philosophy? An understanding of why concept creation occurs and of the conditions under which it becomes political will enable us to examine how concepts are created in and by political philosophy. We will then examine the concept of nomadism developed by Deleuze and Guattari in the “Treatise on Nomadology” and the principles of nomadology itself.

    “Subject and object give a poor approximation of thought,” Deleuze and Guattari proclaim in their final collaboration,What Is...

  6. CHAPTER TWO Death-State Citizenship
    (pp. 31-64)

    In developing the concept of the Death-State, I draw on both volumes ofCapitalism and Schizophrenia, even though they contain significantly different treatments of the State.¹ InAnti-Oedipus, analysis of the State plays a key role in the genealogy of the Oedipus complex, by means of which schizoanalysis is generated from the critique of psychoanalysis. But in the first volume, the category of the State remains abstract: Deleuze and Guattari even invoke the notion of anUrstaat² to emphasize that they are defining an ideal type, an abstract form of social organization. InA Thousand Plateaus, by contrast, the analysis...

  7. CHAPTER THREE Nomad Citizenship
    (pp. 65-98)

    Affirmative nomadology seeks to identify modes of social organization and interaction that represent experimental alternatives to Death-State citizenship. Improvisational jazz has served so far as our prime example of nomad social organization and dynamics: coherence is generated internally and immanently, from the bottom up, instead of being imposed in top-down fashion from on high. But there are other actually existing experiments in nomad social organization. In this chapter, we will examine nomadism in enterprise management, in neighborhood organization, and in Internet development.

    The opposition of jazz bands to classical orchestras enabled us to contrast two forms of organization of the...

  8. CHAPTER FOUR Free-Market Communism
    (pp. 99-140)

    Beyond the developments in enterprise management, neighborhood organization and urban design, and the Internet that we have just examined, the market too represents for affirmative nomadology a potential vehicle for nomadic social organization, especially on scales surpassing the small-scale, face-to-face groups advocated by most anarchist theory. But the main task for the concept of free-market communism will be to draw careful distinctions between markets and capitalism, for the potential benefits of market organization are almost completely offset by the command and control that private capital exercises over them. The suprahuman decision-making abilities of the market as a paragon of collective...

  9. Conclusion
    (pp. 141-164)

    Bolivia, 1988: The El Ceibo federation of cocoa-growing cooperatives in the Alto Beni region surpassed the one hundred thousand dollar mark in exports. Founded in 1977, it drew on centuries-old traditions of Andean indigenous participatory democracy to organize production cooperatives, expanding from five to over thirty village cooperatives in its first decade. The historical conjuncture had not been favorable for such a Remarkable experiment to succeed. Peasants had been displaced, to begin with, by an unholy alliance between the Bolivian state and international capital, which replaced traditional farming with cattle and sheep grazing starting in the 1960s, with disastrous consequences...

  10. APPENDIX: Nomadological and Dialectical Utopianism
    (pp. 165-174)
  11. NOTES
    (pp. 175-210)
  12. BIBLIOGRAPHY
    (pp. 211-226)
  13. INDEX
    (pp. 227-232)
  14. Back Matter
    (pp. 233-233)