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Therefore, the problem we are left with does not deal with impossible processes of pacification but instead opens up to a dangerous process of the construction of being’ (Negri 1991b: 194). Thus Negri’s interpretation constantly preserves an ambivalence in the text it analyzes, from which it also derives what is essential to its force of suggestion: the breach that, from the beginning, tears apart Spinoza’s project and propels it ahead of each of its momentary realizations will not finally be enclosed within the miracle of a resolution.
In Part II of the Ethics Spinoza distinguishes between God’s power as potentia, inseparable from its actuality, and the legislative power of potestas, which is predicated on the separation between will and intellect (Spinoza 1985: E II P3 S, 449). As Gilles Deleuze writes, Spinoza’s development of the concept of power is immediately a political critique. A deconstruction of potestas as the analogy of divine and legislative power is interwoven throughout the appendices and scholia of the Ethics: ‘One of the basic points of the Ethics consists in denying that God has any power (potestas) analogous to that of a tyrant, or even an enlightened prince’ (Deleuze 1988a: 97).
Negri 1991b: 194) Human practice, then, holds no privilege that would isolate it within common nature, but the power that properly belongs to it is rooted in the causality of the productive Being of which it is itself an expression. This expression is necessarily conflictual, which prevents it from being absorbed into a unified order that would be somehow transcendent. ‘In its progression, which though not linear is nonetheless continuous, the Spinozian machine grinds up the bourgeois ideological horizon, making all of its contradictions spring up again’ (Negri 1991b: 196).