Henri Carlos and Guy Cohn are two figures of responsibility. In a world in which taking responsibility in any meaningful sense is obscured and policed, Carlos and Cohn present themselves as more than happy to take it. They insist on putting forward the necessity of an end to social relations dictated by capital, and to exposing the chances for the construction of a world beyond capitalist democracy. Their desire for forms of action, thought lost to the past, whether it be shutting down streets or holding universities captive, is not a nostalgia, but a beginning.
- "To escape our determination by the world as it is, let us all assume characters, let even our characters assume characters, let us get rid of ourselves."
- "We must dis-integrate from the imaginary of capitalist democracy."
- "This event was the beginning of the subjectivation to which we belong."
- "After the warrior and after the soldier, they are dead!"
- "We call into question the moment when thinking breaks down and actions become aimless; we can point to this as the moment that subjectivation stalls, as the moment where the figure of the student as a political subject realises a certain impotence."
- "Individuals will coalesce around a totem of discouragement, taking lessons in strategy from the already incorporated unions, from particularist community groups and freelance re-enactors of a bygone era."
- "And, yet, it is precisely this minimal existence that could be turned into actual subjectivation."
- "The conscious and affirmational desire for the transcendence of society’s subsumption was generally ushered into the margins of formal study."
- "The university, within the wider political context, is counted as something that produces a quantifiable product, made manifest in the symbolic register of the market, whether it is performance based research scores for academics, the entrepreneurial gamble of student debt, or an obscure patent mined from neuroscience, engineering or pharmacology."
- "The Situation —From whence we came!"