View Full Version : Military use of Deleuze

18-11-2007, 08:50 AM
Fascinating and disconcerting article on the use of Deleuze & Guattari etc. by military strategists in Israel and elsewhere:


'the reading lists of contemporary military institutions include works from around 1968 (with a special emphasis on the writings of Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari and Guy Debord), as well as more contemporary writings on urbanism, psychology, cybernetics, post-colonial and post-Structuralist theory. If, as some writers claim, the space for criticality has withered away in late 20th-century capitalist culture, it seems now to have found a place to flourish in the military'

18-11-2007, 11:33 AM
one of the most sinister and chilling articles ive read in a minute :eek::mad::confused::(

18-11-2007, 12:31 PM
Jesus. I'm now imagining some Brazil-like horror of a future where people jump through your walls as you're reading the kids a story, carrying weapons and spouting theory, and you won't even know if they're the military or the other guys.

19-11-2007, 06:53 AM
There's a thread in Politics about this article already (http://www.dissensus.com/showthread.php?t=4457) [though the link in the first post to the Frieze article is dead; the site must have been re-designed].

While highly disconcerting - and depressing - is this really a surprise? At the very least a book as indebeted to Deleuze & Guttari as War in the Age of Intelligent Machines (http://www.zonebooks.org/titles/DELA_WAR.html) would have been more than enough to draw the attention of a military thinkers, even in the unlikely event that they weren't already well aware of these ideas.

Line of Flight
10-02-2008, 07:16 PM
I almost started crying when I first read that article.