Society for Philosophy and Culture seminar, held at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, in March 2010, as part of our series "Human Beings & Freedom: An Interdisciplinary Perspective". Robert Deuchars speaks on "Creating Lines of Flight and Activating Resistance: Deleuze and Guattari's War Machine" with responses by Ben Thirkell-White and Ronald Fischer.
In A Thousand Plateaus Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari introduce the assemblage they label the war machine and establish it in opposition to the apparatus of state power. However the war machine has very little to do with war proper and is better understood as a radical type of thought that forms a central aspect of the Deleuzean politico-philosophical project. In other words it is a war of becoming over being. This talk explores the concept of the war machine and attempt to explain its relevance to contemporary political and everyday life. The war machine potentially involves everyone as it provides a radically different ontology for both the globalizing tendencies of capitalist power and the various forms of resistance to that mechanism of power. This Deuchars concludes arguably clears the way for an understanding of contemporary power relations that situates the war machine as a creative and challenging form of politico-cultural resistance to the current ordering of global politics.
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