1 August 2012

"The theme of 68: "We desire everything, now" was certainly poorly formulated, confused, or whatever you want to call it. But one must say that, on many points, it remains absolutely relevant. We want everything - that is another way of saying that it is urgent that we take account of the economy of desire. It is now, without delay, that we must construct a multi-racial society in France, and another form of sociality and citizenship. There will be needed ten million more immigrants in France to meet the future. I'm not the only one saying this, it is serious people, demographers. Without such an "importation" (and I apologize for the ugliness of the expression) in twenty years France will be a power of the tenth order. But what is it that resists understanding that? What is it that engenders the collective stupidity of a Le Pen? The fact that all the factors of alterity, all the factors of singularization, are systematically extinguished, falling back on social "normality" and the conformity of standard models. A small child sees a person of black or yellow skin in the street. That "interpellates" the child as they say? But how does he manage that singularity which is constituted in him? With the assistance of whom? In what context? There will be a massive rejection if he has been conditioned to negate anything that is different, anything that exceeds the norm. So, this becomes a problem that is not only that of black or yellow skin, but more generally of the type who limps, who has a strange nose or a strangely shaped mouth, or is old. A racism against the old has developed in our societies. Normal people - they are what we see on television (for example women announcers - but it is no longer necessary that they are beautiful!). It is necessary to keep alterity in its place [creneau]: the place of average infantilization. But infants, precisely they are the ones who are able to assume difference and singularity. It is the dominant adulthood that constitutes the royal road of puerilisation."
— Félix Guattari, Institutional Practice and Politics

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