The Accursed Share: Volume 1: Consumption by Georges Bataille (Mar 26 1991)

The Accursed Share: Volume 1: Consumption by Georges Bataille (Mar 26 1991)

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which forbids its adherents to kill. War­ like Nepal is dominated politically by the Hindu military aristoc­ racy of the Gurkhas. But the Buddhist Tibetans are very pious: Their sovereign is a high dignitary of the clergy. The explanation is not so clear, however. In spite of everything, a feeble reaction in the face of an invasion is bizarre. Other religions condemn war, and the people who profess them obviously still manage to kill one another. One would like to look more closely at things, and

universe there is no firm limit opposed to the general linkage of things subordinating one another. A rigorously practical politics, a brutal politics, reduc­ ing its reasons to strict reality, is still what best corresponds to their passion, a politics that reveals the intentions of a selfish group, and is all the more ruthless. A militant of this persuasion is easily reduced to a strict subordination. He readily accepts being finally reduced, by the work of liberation, to the condition of a

abundance of the means of production and of the means for increasing them. The United States even has, in theory, the capacity to eventually place the industries of its allies in conditions approximating its own. Thus in the old industrial nations (in spite of current con­ trary aspects), the economic problem is becoming a problem not of outlets (already to a large extent questions of outlets have no possible answer), but of consumption of profits without compen­ sation. It is doubtful that the

demands; it is a general operation in that in one respect it is a renunciation of the growth of productive forces. It tends to solve a general prob­ lem in that it is an unsecured investment. At the same time, it nevertheless anticipates an ultimate utilization for growth (need­ less to say, the general point of view implies these two aspects at the same time), but it carries this possibility over to an area where destruction — and technological backwardness — has left the field open. In other

this case, the brutality of a soci­ ("La poesie arabe d'Andalousie et ses relations possibles avec la poesie des trou­ ety bent on getting rid of nonproductive poverty found expression in the harsh­ badours," pp. 107-8) to the question of the Andalusian influence. According to est forms of the authoritarian ethic. Even Bishop Berkeley suggested that "sturdy the author, the question cannot be decided conclusively but the connections beggars should be seized and made slaves to the public for

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