The Schizo-Political:
Repression, Liberation and the Beyond

Anup Dhar

I don't believe in father in mother,
got no papamummy …
… I, Antonin Artaud, am my son, my father, my mother, and myself …
Antonin Artaud in “Here Lies”
Physicists say that holes are not the absence of particles but particles traveling faster than the
speed of light …
Deleuze and Guattari in A Thousand Plateaus (2005: 32)

This paper is on the question of the ‘political’. It asks: can the Deleuzian perspective to the political simply be reduced to simply a pragmatic approach to problems and affairs, to what works, or to the uniquely American idea that truth is to be tested by the practical consequences of belief? Is Deleuze political; but political in a way that is rather different; to the indifferent to the different he hence appears apolitical; all the more because Deleuze is perhaps a proper name for a redefinition of the political in the West (Gandhi and Tagore are analogous figures in the East). What appears to be a (black) hole – a ‘blind spot’ in Deleuze’s philosophy – the perspective on the political – is perhaps thoughts on the very political travelling faster than or travelling in a manner radically different from the way thoughts on/of the political have conventionally travelled in modern Europe. We shall see in later sections of the paper how the distinction between the ‘neurotic phenomenon’ and the ‘psychotic phenomenon’, between Oedipalizing impulses and ‘anti-oedipal’/‘an-oedipal’ impulses, between a paradigm marked by ‘The Repressive Hypothesis’ and a paradigm unmarred by the ‘metaphysics of repressive-liberation’ could offer contesting perspectives to the political. Foucault foregrounds the re-conceptualization of the political in Deleuze in the Preface to Anti-Oedipus:

Deleuze Conference 2015

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