Deleuze & Guattari: Human Rights Are Not Universal

Techno Occulture

A friend was not happy with Deleuze and Guattari’s statement:

“Human rights say nothing about the immanent modes of existence of people provided with rights.”

He would say: “There are some passages by D&G that ping my bullshit detectors, and this is one. Human rights say nothing about immanent modes of anything because they are protections.”

When if you’ve read enough of their work one should ironize; in other words their saying the opposite of what they mean: human rights say nothing about the people because of the fact that these rights cover over those external others of the political that “provided” those rights in the first place. Which means what they provide masks the power behind such rights, rights that are a mere formality and mask of power as such: rights that provide nothing to the people as immanent modes of existence, but rather as codes of a…

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