Monthly Archives: July 2015



‘We must unhumanise our views a little, and become confident 

As the rock and ocean that we were made from.’

  1. We live in a time of social, economic and ecological unravelling. All around us are signs that our whole way of living is already passing into history. We will face this reality honestly and learn how to live with it.
  2. We reject the faith which holds that the converging crises of our times can be reduced to a set of ‘problems’ in need of technological or political ‘solutions’.
  3. We believe that the roots of these crises lie in the stories we have been telling ourselves. We intend to challenge the stories which underpin our civilisation: the myth of progress, the myth of human centrality, and the myth of our separation from ‘nature’. These myths are more dangerous for the fact that we have forgotten they are myths.
  4. We will reassert the role of storytelling as more than mere entertainment. It is through stories that we weave reality.
  5. Humans are not the point and purpose of the planet. Our art will begin with the attempt to step outside the human bubble. By careful attention, we will reengage with the non-human world.
  6. We will celebrate writing and art which is grounded in a sense of place and of time. Our literature has been dominated for too long by those who inhabit the cosmopolitan citadels.
  7. We will not lose ourselves in the elaboration of theories or ideologies. Our words will be elemental. We write with dirt under our fingernails.
  8. The end of the world as we know it is not the end of the world full stop. Together, we will find the hope beyond hope, the paths which lead to the unknown world ahead of us.



A talk presented by Aragorn Eloff at the 2015 Deleuze and Guattari and Africa conference ( 

“Nothing more can be said, and no more has ever been said: to become worthy of what happens to us, and thus to will and release the event.” – Gilles Deleuze, The Logic of Sense

“What is an anarchist? One who, choosing, accepts the responsibility of choice.” – Ursula Le Guin, The Dispossessed

Read it here

In the open asylum the lunatics can get hold of the technologies of their torture and turn them into the glittering electroshock therapies of deliverance. In a world of addiction perhaps the opium of the people (opium idiot, not religion) is the only way out. Inside the opium calmed waters of oblivion; escape.

catastrophic edge

In my last post I quoted from Loren Mosher’s resignation letter from psychiatry without saying much about it. Mosher was the man who founded the Soteria Model of care for the mentally ill. Mosher was born and raised in the sun drenched world of California that would suffuse his essentially optimistic take on mental health care. Mosher died in 2004 after having made significant contributions to our understanding of the care for the mentally ill. His most crucial intervention was Soteria.

Imagined as an alternative to psychiatric hospitalization the soteria model remains one of our only well thought out non-psychiatric options. Mosher’s career was distinguished and impressive reaching the kind of heights a nurse-prole like me will never reach. Among the most transformative of these must have been the time he spent with RD Laing in the Tavistock Clinic. Whilst there he had the chance to work with Laing and to observe, participate and…

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The world is a lunatic asylum and we are all insane. There is not a single one who is not a lunatic. The nurses and the doctors who come with prescription pad and medication at ward rounds are the highest holiest fools of them all.

catastrophic edge

As ever SC Hickman hits the nail on the head and sums up one of my abiding concerns, you could say obsessions, motivating the creation of this blog:

“[W]e have all become patients in an open sanatorium under the dominion of overlords who have become both our managers, therapists, and mad entrepreneurs of a sociopathic society”.

This is the basic insight from which to begin anything. The world is an open asylum and we are all lunatics. Perhaps it was always thus, this chattering, hallucinating and delusional organism with its neurological illusions, reifications, the religious psychoses that Max Stirner brilliantly and brutally imploded under the heading of Idee Fixe, a name that covered both psychosis and what we now know as obsessive-compulsive disorder (Bifo’s autonomisms; Gurdjieff’s mechanical man).

Yet as Foucault showed there is madness and there is madness. At some point, Foucault cites the 18th century Great Confinement, we…

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Oliver’s part comes in around 32mins, I’ll miss this man being in our soon to be poorer world as he is a rare soul.

update: the dear Dr. has died and is being fondly remembered for his work and person which he wonderfully interwove until the end, we should all be so giving and embracing: