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.
- "From the point of view of that which the state glosses over—the point of view of thought which follows its consequences without compromising its principles—it is possible to think a rupture with the dominant logics of today, and act in support of this."
- "The Imaginary Party makes potential the idea that the seemingly spontaneous outbursts of resistance we find in recent history, whether they be the recalcitrance of the workforce or the riots of the poor, find a potentially unifying principle in the possibility of an imaginary recognition of a shared project."
- "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."
- "In the beginning, there was not a problem of the head, but of the body and its acts."
- "This was very much contingent on who happened to be teaching where, and always subject to change."
- "By ‘subjectivation’ we mean the process through which a new body with the ability to act in and on the world is organised."
- "In fact, the reality of the university—the students, academics, workers, and broader community—which should count for everything, counted for nothing unless subsumed by the rationale of capitalist democracy."
- "Between the beginning of 2011 and the end of 2012, we tried to expose the reality of university life."
- "It is in this Party of the Imaginary that we found each other."
- "Again and again, we were presented with points at which the truth would be contested: could the process in which we were participating be enclosed within the circle of a group, or does such an enclosure work to delimit the possibilities that present themselves, which is to say, prevent possibilities from becoming present?"