An Insurrectionist Manifesto: Four New Gospels for a Radical by Ward Blanton

By Ward Blanton

An Insurrectionist Manifesto includes 4 insurrectionary gospels in response to Martin Heidegger's philosophical version of the fourfold: earth and sky, gods and mortals. demanding spiritual dogma and dominant philosophical theories, they provide a cooperative, world-affirming political theology that promotes new lifestyles via now not resurrection yet revolt. The revolt in those gospels unfolds as a sequence of outstanding but worldly practices of important confirmation. on the grounds that those exercises don't depend upon fantasies of break out, they engender intimate modifications of the self alongside the very coordinates from which they emerge. Enacting a comparative and contagious postsecular sensibility, those gospels draw at the paintings of Slavoj Žižek, Giorgio Agamben, Catherine Malabou, François Laruelle, Peter Sloterdijk, and Gilles Deleuze but rejuvenate scholarship in continental philosophy, severe race conception, the recent materialisms, speculative realism, and nonphilosophy. they believe past the sovereign strength of the single to begin an intensive politics "after" God.

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Entropy is the loss of productive energy, usually in the form of heat. From this nineteenth-century viewpoint, all systems progress from a state of lower entropy to a state of higher entropy. Low entropy coincides with structure and organization, while high energy and equilibrium is associated with disorder and chaos. I am suggesting EARTH 37 that this view of thermodynamics is limited, based on the findings of nonequilibrium thermodynamics and the philosophy of Deleuze. Nonequilibrium thermodynamics is a relatively new theoretical account of how energy works, but it is grounded in developments that took place during the twentieth century.

We usually view entropy in negative terms, as a constraint or a limit. Closed systems at rest tend toward equilibrium, which involves a progressive loss of structure. But nonequilibrium systems, or what Ilya Prigogine calls dissipative structures, actually produce elaborate structures. What is a nonequilibrium system? A system is a means of talking about organic and inorganic processes without making a strong division or dualism between the two. A system that is not at equilibrium means that there is a continuous source of energy flow into the system.

In chapter 2 Blanton takes up Heidegger’s gesture toward Sky in the guise of a Gospel-and-Acts form in order to sift for good news in some of the shifting structures of transcendence that characterize our everyday lives. He argues that we are stuck with a strange and occasionally horrifying world in which we all seem individually and collectively to birth forms of transcendence or agencies of transcendence that, in turn, feed off us like so many vampires from our own excessive dreaming. We live, move, and have our being today in the structure of the incessant production, consumption, and being-consumed by transcendent vampirisms of our militarized and economized skies.

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