OC 7 126 AS 132 italics Batailles The origin of this destruction is therefore

Oc 7 126 as 132 italics batailles the origin of this

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origin of this destruction is therefore to be found in the maximizing of the efficiency of production; modern, industrialized waste is fundamentally only the most efficient way to eliminate what has been Last printed 9/4/09 7:00 PM26
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Bataillecycles AffDartmouth 2012Chung/Mulholand1over- produced. Hence the Marshall Plan, proposing a gift-giving on avast, mechanized scale, is different in kind from, say, aTlingit potlatchceremony. “Growth” is the ever-increasing rhythm and quantity of the treatment of matter for some unknown and unknowable human purpose and that matter’s subsequent disposal/destruction. One could never “self-consciously” reconnect with intimacy through the affirmation of some formof industrial production-destruction. To see consumer culture as in some way the fulfillment of Bataille’s dreamof a modern-day potlatch is for this reason a fundamental misreadingof The Accursed Share.31 Bataille’s critique is always an ethics; it entails the affirmation of a “general economy” in which the particular claims of theclosed subjectivity are left behind. The stockpiled self is countered, in Bataille, by the generous and death-bound movement of an Amélie, of a Sadean heroine whose sacrifice puts at risk not only an object, a commodity, but the stability of the “me.” To affirm a consumption that, in spite of its seeming delirium of waste, is simply a treatment of matter and wastage of fossil energy in immense quantities, lacking any sense of internal limits (angoisse), and always with a particular and efficacious end in view (“growth,” “comfort,” “personal satisfaction,” “consumer freedom”) is to misrepresent the main thrust of Bataille’s work. The point, after all, is to enable us to attain a greater “self-consciousness,” based on the ability to choose between modes of expenditure. Which entails the greatest intimacy? Certainly not nuclear devastation (1949) or the simple universal depletion of the earth’s resources and the wholesale destruction of ecosystems (today).Last printed 9/4/09 7:00 PM27
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Bataillecycles AffDartmouth 2012Chung/Mulholand1AT: Bataille’s Expenditure = Capitalism/Modern Industrial EconomyThis expenditure of bodily energy constitutes a different form of expenditure from the industrial economy that opens out from, rather than closing in on, an autonomous self. Stoekl 7 (Allan, professor of French and comparative literature at Penn State University, Bataille’s Peak: Energy, Religion, Postsustainability, p. 134-136)The strength of Heidegger’s argumentis that it shows us the connection between extravagant expenditure in a mechanized, technological economyand restrained, parsimonious spending in a sustainable one. Both economies are fundamentally technological, involving the standing reserve and the basic role of the subject-object opposition, in which theintegrity ofthe subject, the self, is guaranteed through the mechanization of natureand the preservation and quantification of energy resources. Both
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