It’s not a matter of emancipating truth from every system of power but of detaching the power of truth from the forms of hegemony, social, economic and cultural, within which it operates at the present time.
- Michel Foucault (via parallaxative)
It is impossible at the present time to write history without using a whole range of concepts directly or indirectly linked to Marx’s thought and situating oneself within a horizon of thought which has been defined and described by Marx. One might even wonder what difference there could ultimately be between being a historian and being a Marxist.
- Michel Foucault
Reblogged from totrulyexist
‘What is the nature of today?’ It does not consist in a simple characterization of what we are but, instead — by following lines of fragility in the present — in managing to grasp why and how that which is might no longer be that which is. In this sense, any description must always be made in accordance with these kinds of virtual fracture which open up the space of freedom understood as a space of concrete freedom, that is, of possible transformation.
- Michel Foucault (via totrulyexist)
Reblogged from pregameofthrones
Is it surprising that prisons resemble factories, schools, barracks, hospitals, which all resemble prisons?
- Michel Foucault (via carnivorousdreams)
A critique is not a matter of saying that things are not right as they are. It is a matter of pointing out on what kinds of assumptions, what kinds of familiar, unchallenged, unconsidered modes of thought the practices that we accept rest. We must free ourselves from the sacralization of the social as the only reality and stop regarding as superfluous something so essential in human life and human relations as thought… There is always a little thought even in the most stupid institutions; there is always thought even in silent habits. Criticism is a matter of flushing out that thought and trying to change it: to show that things are not as self-evident as one believed, to see what is accepted as self-evident will no longer be accepted as such. Practicing criticism is a matter of making facile gestures difficult.
- Michel Foucault, “Practicing Criticism” (via talajoon)
When one sees the meaning, or rather the near-total absence of meaning, given to all the familiar expressions, such as: come back to yourself, free yourself, be yourself, be authentic, etc… . one might begin to suspect the impossibility of constituting today an ethic of the self. However, it is perhaps an urgent, fundamental, and politically indispensable task, that of constituting an ethic of the self, if it is true that after all there is no other point … of resistance to political power than in the relation of the self to itself.

Michel Foucault, The Hermeneutics of the Subject: Lectures at the College de France 1981-82

(via Haze of Capitalism & beautifullysuffer)

The strategic adversary is fascism… the fascism in us all, in our heads and in our everyday behavior, the fascism that causes us to love power, to desire the very thing that dominates and exploits us.
- Michel Foucault
The third role of the penal system: to make the proletariat see the non-proletarianised people as marginal, dangerous, immoral, a menace to society as a whole, the dregs of the population, trash, the “mob”. For the bourgeoisie it is a matter of imposing on the proletariat, by means of penal legislation, of prisons, but also of newspapers, of ‘literature’, certain allegedly universal moral categories which function as an ideological barrier between them and the non-proletarianised people. All the literary, journalistic, medical, sociological and anthropological rhetoric about criminals… play this role.
- Michel Foucault (via carnivorousdreams)

A collection of Leftist quotations, sayings, and aphorisms.

Compiled by Euan and Brandon