There's all this talk about a future to believe in, about incrementalism, about progress.
Politics imagined as a path, a movement, a set of adjustments to the machine.
The future is utopic. It's not a place. It doesn't feed you.
Immediacy. The conditions of our existence are effaced and replaced.
Policy wonks, strategies and goals.
Quarterly earnings reports.
I imagine politics something other than this future dreaming, this deferral.
First, an engagement with the given.
Politics isn't about coming to an agreement. About finding the best compromise.
It isn't about a sober assessment of the facts.
It isn't about being realistic.
The moment of the political is the moment when one breaks from the given.
When one changes the very terms of the debate. It is not slowly moving towards another possible world.
It is an intimate engagement with the possible.
About demanding the impossible and suddenly seeing it become the given.
it's about that violent shove that tips the center of gravity.
That throws us into a new orbit.
Everything seems impossible until it's already happened.
I am always suspicious of someone's politics when it is realistic.
Realism is what is given.
It is the last resort of this broken system.
Ideology says it is not ideological.
Hegemony urges us to be realistic.
Both are hostile to imagination, even as they sell us their "imaginative" futures.
We don't want their future.
We want to recognize the immanent politics of the utterance of the impossible.
That is the first moment of the political:
The break from consensus reality.
The impossible demand.
The spoken unspeakable.
The second moment like wise is immediate.
It is the autonomist perspective.
Direct action to secure the necessary conditions of existence.
Don't not ask permission for some future world.
Or come to a carefully crafted agreement or a strategic plan.
Forget the future.
Figure out how to manifest a different reality within and against.
A temporality apart from the straight line.
The temporality of the mushroom bloom, the spark.
The wild irruptions of a becoming apart.