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  1. What are the general criteria you use when evaluating a potential Policy Champion, and also if I wait until March to enter my application (in order to encompass my results at tournaments such as berkely, gonzaga, and state) will that hurt my chances of getting in significantly? Finally should I even bother applying if I will be a sophmore transitioning into my junior year or, is the lab strictly seniors?
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    Deleuze & Guattari, 1987 [Felix Deleuze, Giles Guattari - pg. 160-161 of A Thousand Plateaus] "You have to keep enough of the organism for it to reform each dawn; and you have to keep small supplies of significance and subjectification, if only to turn them against their own systems when the circumstances demand it, when things, persons, even situations, force you to; and you have to keep small rations of subjectivity in sufficent quantity to enable you to respond to the dominant reality. Mimic the strata. You don't reach the Body without Organs, and its plane of consistency, by wildly destratifying. That is why we encountered the paradox of those emptied and dreary bodies at the very beginning: they had emptied themselves of their organs instead of looking for the point at which they could patiently and momentarily dismantle the organization of the organs we call the organism. There are, in fact, several ways of botching the BwO: either one fails to produce it, or one produces it more or less, but nothing is produced on it, intensities do not pass or are blocked. This is because the BwO is always swinging between the surfaces that stratify it and the plane that sets it free. If you free it with too violent an action, if you blow apart the strata without taking precautions, then instead of drawing the plane you will be killed, plunged into a black hole, or even dragged toward castrophe. Staying stratified-- organized, signified, subjected-- is not the worst that can happen; the worst that can happen is if you throw the strata is demented or suicidal collaspe, which brings them down on us heavier then ever. This is how it should be done: Lodge yourself on a stratum, experiment with the opportunities it offers, find an advantageous place on it, find potential movements of deterritorializations, possible lines of flight,
  3. John Coltrane hands down in my books.
  4. Some sort of widely applicable K - Foucault/Nietzsche for cases that fiat the supreme court - A good constitutional amendment CP will work good Random Cp's Lopez Poverty PIC
  5. what kind of authors K/Heg/etc...?
  6. use the search function the cards are floating around on some previous thread. EDIT: I had the cards People who rely solely on book knowledge without investigating anything never actually end up changing anything. Mao Tse-tung [Chairman of the Communist party of China 1943–1974, Revolutionary], May 1930, “OPPOSE BOOK WORSHIP”, http://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/mao/selected-works/volume-6/mswv6_11.htm //Skills III. OPPOSE BOOK WORSHIP Whatever is written in a book is right — such is still the mentality of culturally backward Chinese peasants. Strangely enough, within the Communist Party there are also people who always say in a discussion, "Show me where it's written in the book." When we say that a directive of a higher organ of leadership is correct, that is not just because it comes from "a higher organ of leadership" but because its contents conform with both the objective and subjective circumstances of the struggle and meet its requirements. It is quite wrong to take a formalistic attitude and blindly carry out directives without discussing and examining them in the light of actual conditions simply because they come from a higher organ. It is the mischief done by this formalism which explains why the line and tactics of the Party do not take deeper root among the masses. To carry out a directive of a higher organ blindly, and seemingly without any disagreement, is not really to carry it out but is the most artful way of opposing or sabotaging it. The method of studying the social sciences exclusively from the book is likewise extremely dangerous and may even lead one onto the road of counter-revolution. Clear proof of this is provided by the fact that whole batches of Chinese Communists who confined themselves to books in their study of the social sciences have turned into counter-revolutionaries. When we say Marxism is correct, it is certainly not because Marx was a "prophet" but because his theory has been proved correct in our practice and in our struggle. We need Marxism in our struggle. In our acceptance of his theory no such formalisation of mystical notion as that of "prophecy" ever enters our minds. Many who have read Marxist books have become renegades from the revolution, whereas illiterate workers often grasp Marxism very well. Of course we should study Marxist books, but this study must be integrated with our country's actual conditions. We need books, but we must overcome book worship, which is divorced from the actual situation. How can we overcome book worship? The only way is to investigate the actual situation. Without probing into the problem you talk nonsense, meaning that your right to speak should be revoked. Only by truly investigating things can we change anything. Mao Tse-tung [Chairman of the Communist party of China 1943–1974, Revolutionary], May 1930, “OPPOSE BOOK WORSHIP”, http://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/mao/selected-works/volume-6/mswv6_11.htm //Skills I. NO INVESTIGATION, NO RIGHT TO SPEAK Unless you have investigated a problem, you will be deprived of the right to speak on it. Isn't that too harsh? Not in the least. When you have not probed into a problem, into the present facts and its past history, and know nothing of its essentials, whatever you say about it will undoubtedly be nonsense. Talking nonsense solves no problems, as everyone knows, so why is it unjust to deprive you of the right to speak? Quite a few comrades always keep their eyes shut and talk nonsense, and for a Communist that is disgraceful. How can a Communist keep his eyes shut and talk nonsense? It won' t do! It won't do! You must investigate! You must not talk nonsense! II. TO INVESTIGATE A PROBLEM IS TO SOLVE IT You can' t solve a problem? Well, get down and investigate the present facts and its past history! When you have investigated the problem thoroughly, you will know how to solve it. Conclusions invariably come after investigation, and not before. Only a blockhead cudgels his brains on his own, or together with a group, to "find solution" or "evolve an idea" without making any investigation. It must be stressed that this cannot possibly lead to any effective solution or any good idea. In other words, he is bound to arrive at a wrong solution and a wrong idea. There are not a few comrades doing inspection work, as well as guerrilla leaders and cadres newly in office, who like to make political pronouncements the moment they arrive at a place and who strut about, criticizing this and condemning that when they have only seen the surface of things or minor details. Such purely subjective nonsensical talk is indeed detestable. These people are bound to make a mess of things, lose the confidence of the masses and prove incapable of solving any problem at all. When they come across difficult problems, quite a number of people in leading positions simply heave a sigh without being able to solve them. They lose patience and ask to be transferred on the ground that they "have not the ability and cannot do the job"; These are cowards' words. Just get moving on your two legs, go the rounds of every section placed under your charge and "inquire into everything''[1] as Confucius did, and then you will be able to solve the problems, however little is your ability; for although your head may be empty before you go out of doors, it will be empty no longer when you return but will contain all sorts of material necessary for the solution of the problems, and that is how problems are solved. Must you go out of doors? Not necessarily. You can call a fact-finding meeting of people familiar with the situation in order to get at the source of what you call a difficult problem and come to know how it stands now, and then it will be easy to solve your difficult problem. Investigation may be likened to the long months of pregnancy, and solving a problem to the day of birth. To investigate a problem is, indeed, to solve it.
  7. Does anyone have an Agamben Counter K i think its an Animal Rights Counter K, but i could be wrong. willing to trade if need be. any help appreciated.
  8. Does anybody have any old backfiles of the K of DA's - Willing to trade if need be. Merci.
  9. Is there an online video anywhere of this lecture?
  10. suicidal thoughts - Notorious BIG
  11. how many net benefits can you have to a CP until it becomes abusive?
  12. 1. I wouldnt say that biopower and capitalism are mutually exclusive from each for one read this Picket '05 ev it gives pretty good warrants to why capitalism couldnt exist without biopower Capitalism could not exist without the emergence of biopolitics –disciplinary techniques were necessary perquisites to the rise of the market economy. Pickett Associate professor of Political Science at Chaldron State College 2005 [On the Use and Abuse of Foucault For Politics pp. 18-19] Throughout the seventeenth century, according to Foucault, this new art of government was frustrated in its operations. Ruinous wars, rebellions, famines, urban uprisings, and the cumbersome aspects of mercantilism all contributed to this initial disruption. Still, we see in this period the rise of statistical studies which would form the basis for demographics and support large-scale public health projects.40 It is in the eighteenth century that the various tactics and techniques which formed the basis for bio-power began to expand rapidly. This further served as the basis for two phenomena: a rising population and the development of capitalism. Yet these in turn, especially the latter, helped intensify the growth of bio-power. The new statistical studies which were made at this time revealed that population and its various elements, such as longevity, birth rates, and such, had their own cycles and progressions. Since the strength of the government rests upon the population it governs, it is necessary (under the new political rationality) to administer the population itself. Pro-natal policies, the control of migrations, and other governmental policies become possible. With the support of the new human sciences and statistical studies, a new range of techniques and sites of intervention into the citizenry are opened up 41 Even though bio-power was still early in its development, it was advanced enough to serve as the basis (in conjunction with the disciplines) for the rise of capitalism: "[Capitalism] would not have been possible without the controlled insertion of bodies into the machinery of production and the adjustment of the phenomena of population to economic processes."42 It is only upon the basis of the application of bio-power at all levels of the social body, and in various institutions, that it is possible to adjust human life to the needs of capital. A regulated, docile workforce, which is healthy and reproductive, is essential to in-creasing economic productivity. Bio-power is nothing less than "methods of power capable of optimizing forces, aptitudes, and life in general."43 Yet capitalism, in turn, was able to serve as a support for the intensification and further diffusion of bio-power. The conjunction of bio-power and capitalism in the eighteenth century marked a turning point in human history, according to Foucault. Life itself was to be administered and controlled. Methods of power and knowledge took hold of man's biological existence, made it an object of study, and subjected it to continually increasing levels of intervention. It is on this basis that medicine assumed its heightened importance in the eighteenth century and was eventually consolidated in the nineteenth.44 A number of specific tactics supported this extension of bio-power. The family itself was medicalized, especially the parent-child relation. The traditional kinship relation was invested with a new, and highly precise, set of rules concerning the correct care for children. The space the family lives in must be sanitary and well-ventilated, for example.
  13. I was reading history of sexuality and came across the section when foucault talks about biopolitics and capitalism and have a few questions to all those out there that are more knowledgable in foucault's theories than me. 1. Without biopolitics could capitalism exist? 2. Is biopolitics the main force that holds up the market economy? 3. Finally, do you think in round that someone could run a critcism, critiquing biopower, with an impact of capitalism could not exist without biopower, and then claim that cap = root cause of poverty, with specfic intellect alt. and frame the debate round as a point of resistance against biopower. 4. I know the problem i had was with the fact that is biopower inevitable? I know that power relations are inevitable but, does foucault ever explicitly say biopower inevitable or just power relations inevitable?
  14. I want to start reading up on Nietzsche to better understand what his argument is so what would be the best book to start off with? P.S. I have no intention of running this K just want to gain an insight into what he advocates
  15. that was enjoyable thank you mister

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