By Anna Alexander, Mark S. Roberts
This is often the 1st finished textual content to handle dependancy and its a number of results on and extensions into paintings, literature, philosophy, and psychology. such a lot learn into dependancy has taken position in the disciplines of medication, criminology, politics, and social psychology. while noticeable from a huge cultural point of view, despite the fact that, habit emerges without delay along modernity, haunting its quite a few discourses of digression, dissent, and the transcendence of the general. Who may even think sleek writing with no the addictive, visionary excesses of writers like Baudelaire, DeQuincey, Poe, Burroughs, or Artaud? Or, for that topic, glossy tradition with out its “outsiders,” its incorrigible addicts, its defaced matters: people who smoke, clients, overeaters, alcoholics, the insane? Taking a cultural experiences method of habit, excessive tradition bargains a readable and obtainable choice of essays on those socially marginalized practices and discourses so relevant to modernity.
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People hardly talk about it, but in this case the opposition between different regimes and types of society becomes more paradoxical than ever. In so-called socialist societies, those based on a philosophy of work and the ideal of its reappropriation by the worker, certain forms of unemployment and unproductivity need to be disguised, and the phenomena of drugs need to be dissembled. A book written in Czechoslovakia has recently revealed a considerable drug problem in the Eastern bloc nations, despite the severity of their laws and criminal prosecution.
Every phantasmatic organization, whether collective or individual, is the invention of a drug, or of a rhetoric of drugs, be it aphrodisiac or not, with production, consumption, semi-secrecy, and a semi-private market. . ) But to justify the ethos that draws me towards an apparently “repressive” attitude (in the case of “classified” drugs) I should not, in the final analysis, rely on any of those discourses or axiomatics which I have here sketched out. This much would be strictly necessary, and yet so hard!
What is a contraphantom? It is the phantom that one plays against another phantom, yet it is also the phantom of the phantom, the alibi phantom, the other phantom. Thus, do we not have a choice between phantoms, or between the simulacra of phantoms? But let’s not act as if we knew just what a phantom or a phantasm was, and as if it would be enough simply to set out the consequences of such a knowledge. ”), beyond the opposition of presence and absence, of the real and the imaginary, even beyond the properly ontological question, the philosophical, political, and ideological “answers” to what we call “the drug problem” will remain expedients incapable of any radical autojustification.