22 Theses on the Interspecies Interface, Written on November 2016

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1. The interspecies interface reaches not across languages, but across language itself, as it is humanly understood.

2. There is a difference between agency and consent. A nonhuman species has agency in its relations to humans and other species, but it cannot consent to these relations, in the sense that consent involves verbal affirmation.

3. Whether or not some nonhuman animals have language or humanlike cognitive capacities is an open question.

4. Ethics cannot depend on whether or not animals are like humans.

5. Ethics is a matter of life and death.

6. If ethics cannot depend on whether or not animals are like humans, it must depend on something else.

7. Donna Haraway argues that our interspecies politics must reject the gesture of making a species “merely killable.”

8. Nonhuman animals are not the only beings who get made merely killable.

9. Colonialism and genocide hinge around the gesture of making people merely killable.

10. “Dehumanization” is a word for making beings merely killable.

11. Fascists like Hitler and Donald Trump incite and organize violence by dehumanizing groups and thus, making them merely killable.

12. Biologically speaking, all Homo sapiens are in the same “human” species. Politically speaking, we are not.

13. The category of the human is subject to historical and political forces, in the exact same way that the changing boundaries of nation-states are the products of historical and political forces.

14. “Sovereignty” is a word for momentary forms of species affiliation.

15. Sovereignty is an incitement to kill the Other.

16. Whether or not fascists should be considered human is an open question.

17. That fascists must be opposed is without arguing. Whether or not this opposition must be based on dehumanization is an open question.

18. Solidarity is not the same as sovereignty.

19. Dehumanization is a filthy trick meant to prevent solidarity among the oppressed.

20. It is a historical tragedy that likening people to animals has long meant making them merely killable.

21. Fascists and colonists are worse than animals, not least because animals are never in charge on whether or not they are, in fact, animals. Fascists, however, are always in charge on whether or not they are fascists.

22. Only fascists can consent to fascism.

women’s march: truth and biological feminism, killing a rapist

the biological feminist position is repulsive for its exclusionary violence. we have already told you: we refuse to know what woman is. yet on the occasion of the women’s march, we stood behind this position. this is not because we accept the idea that a woman is to be defined on the reproductive terms that appear under attack. we realize these terms have been weaponized in the protection of their own territory. we reject this violence. we stood behind this position because it united one million in DC and nearly 750,000 people in los angeles against a regime that is at war with women as such. at this point we must look at what it means to get together. from the need to stand together, we begin to discuss how and why and to what extent we stand with a biological feminist movement.

“women’s march: truth and biological feminism, killing a rapist”

partial memorial

iii.
(poem based on a dream i’ve mostly forgotten but remember explaining to nilo in a football field)

i am hidden in exteriors
that contradict
the natural circulation

reverse the movement and inhibit digestion
i am teeming with
visions

unofficial
if not, unconvincing

in another
faster than ever

https://vimeo.com/168579809

 

Scenes 1 and 7

SCENE 1: ENTER CARPETED APARTMENT CLOSET TO SIDE OF WALL MIRROR IS PRESENT REFLECTING CLOSET

FIGURE ENTERS SCENE IN CHEETAH PRINTED DRESS

CAT MEOW IS HEARD, INSINUATION THAT CAT IS PRESENT OUTSIDE APARTMENT

SCENE 7: The Funeral Studio in MME IRMA’S listing of the Studios. The studio is in ruins. The lace and velvet are torn. The art cial wreaths are tattered. An impression ofdesolation. IRMA’S dress is in rags. So is the suit of THE CHIEF OF POLICE. ARTHUR’S corpse is lying on a kind offake tomb offake black marble. Nearby, a new character, THE COURT ENVOY. Embassy un orm. He is the only one un scathed. CARMEN is dressed as at the beginning. A tremendous explosion. Everything shatters.

IRMA : Not at all , your Excellency. It’s make-believe that these gentlemen want. The Minister desired a fake corpse. But this one is real. Look at it : it’s truer than life . His entire being is speeding towards immobility .

the other day a cat jumped into my garden and I touched it

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Balcony

 

the manyheaded screaming octopus of the pacific northwest

—in october the supermarket transferred me from the deli department to the
seafood department which means birds and mammals are out and fish are in—
in the lobby its a circle of dogs walking each other but at the higher levels of the
organization youll find the dogs walk in much more complex shapes —the russian
woman took monica no no to the elevator where together they ascended to the
thirtyseventh floor which opened up to a grey hallway— down to the right here is
the office for insight global which provides algorithmic marketing services for
ours and other churches —on my first day at the seafood section my boss takes
me to the stockroom which is reached through a long flight of descending stairs
the room is cavernous dimly lit and a thick wet groan bounces off the walls—the
first thing that monica noticed as she entered the waiting room of insight global
was that it was full of empty chairs—on the receptionists desk was a telephone
receiver and a small sign that said please pick up the phone and someone will be
with you shortly —monica picked up the phone said hello? and in reply heard a
dog barking—because the dog was in the next room over monica could hear the
dogsbark on both the phone receiver and through the offices walls—out a door
burst a strong black labrador wearing a dark blue business suit on its torso and a
bright red collar around its neck—monica and the russian woman followed the
dog down the hallway to a gigantic room full of many rows of tables and many
different sizes and breeds of dogs each wearing either one or two or three or four
or five red leashes on each of their red collars each leash connecting directly to
the collar of another dog with either one or two or three or four or five leashes on
its collar which were each connected to the collars of other dogs inside the big
room—all the leashes and all the dogs in the room were entangled overlapped
falling over and on each other and the sound of a thousand dogs screams
bounced off the walls— this room is where we keep our most prized creature the
manyheaded screaming octopus of the pacific northwest—