III. State Power, Ideology, State Space, Colonization, Surveillance

1. Hobbes: Functions of the State

Recommended Reading: Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, p. 183-192, 228-237. Ed. C.B. Macpherson, Penguin 1968.

Selected texts/quotations

Hobbes diag


2. Spinoza: Natural Right and Combined Force

Spinoza, Nietzsche and Marx audio lecture


Recommended Reading: Benedict de Spinoza, A Political Treatise, pp. 291-298. Tran. R. H. M. Elwes. Dover 1951.

Selected texts/quotations

Video lecture on Spinoza

3. Nietzsche: The World as Will to Power

Recommended Reading: Nietzsche, Will to Power, pp. 339-340 (fragment 636), 346-347 (fragments 655-658). Ed. Walter Kauffman, Vintage 1968.

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4. Marx: Class Power, Labor Power, Ideology

Recommended Reading: Marx, The German Ideology, pp. 42-43, 46-47, 48-50, 52-60, 64-66.

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Marx Engels broad Notes


5. Lenin and Trotsky: State Power and Revolution

Lenin and Trotsky video lecture

Recommended Reading: Lenin, State and Revolution, and Trotsky, The Revolution Betrayed, from Curtis, pp. 366-378.

Selected Lenin texts/quotations

Selected Trotsky texts/quotation


6. Emma Goldman: Anarchism as Opposition to State, Religion, and Property

Goldman video lecture

Recommended Reading: Goldman, “Anarchism…” pp. 47-67.

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Goldman and Kropotkin


7. Louis Althusser: Ideological State Apparatuses

Althusser audio lecture:


Recommended Reading: Althusser, “Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses,” pp. 1-11, 14-31.

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Althusser notes (+Fanon Said)


8. James C. Scott: Seeing Like a State / State Space

Scott audio lecture


Recommended Reading: James C. Scott, Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed, pp. 22-83. Yale 1998.

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Scott Seeing like a State


9. Silvia Federici: Primitive Accumulation and Women

Recommended Reading: Silvia Federici, Caliban and the Witch, pp. 61-75, 82-97. Autonomedia 2004.

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Federici Notes


10. James and Dallacosta: Women and the Subversion of the Community

James and Dalla Costa audio lecture:


Recommended Reading: James and Dallacosta, Women and the Subversion of the Community, pp. 5-19.

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11. John Gaventa: Stages of (Internal) Colonization

Gaventa audio lecture:


Recommended Reading: Gaventa, Power and Powerlessness, pp. 47-83.

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Gaventa Notes - Tagged


12. Ture and Hamilton: White Power vs Black Power

Ture and Hamilton audio lecture


Recommended Reading: Ture and Hamilton, Black Power, pp. 2-23, 34-41, 44-56.

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Ture Diags


13. Michel Foucault: Disciplinary Power

Althusser and Foucault audio lecture


Recommended Reading: Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison, pp. 195-228. Trans. Alan Sheridan, Vintage 1977.

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14. Eyal Weizman: Architecture and Power in Occupied Palestine

Foucault Weizman audio lecture


Recommended Reading: Eyal Weizman, Hollow Land: Israel’s Architecture of Occupation, pp. 1-11, 63-70, 80-85. Verso 2007.

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