“Equal right to all goods and pleasures of this world, the destruction of all authority, the negation of all moral restraints — in the final analysis, these are the aims behind the March 18th insurrection and the charter of the fearsome organization that furnished it with an army.” — Parliamentary Inquest on the Paris Commune, from The Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord (Knabb trans.).

As I read this book again — I’m reading the chapter on Time and History — it reminds me of that sequence in Lost where John Locke insists he’s a hunter not a farmer. So is the hunter more closely associated with the idealized nomad? In this section of Debord’s Spectacle he talks about the human organization of time; it’s evolution from cyclical “nomadic” time to sedentary agricultural or linear time: “The transition from pastoral nomadism to sedentary agriculture marks the end of an idle and contentless freedom and the beginning of labor.” Labor. So much of academic “life” seems to fall within this construct of labor — the pursuit of contentless freedom is looked down on — not just in academia, of course, but in every sector of bourgeois contemporary society. I don’t think my conclusion has anything to do with Debord’s point necessarily. We’re not making the same point. But it’s been on my mind: what constitutes freedom. I think “time” is one of the most undervalued resources….

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