By Georges Bataille
*always readable pdf yet with occasional written notes in margins & few events of moderate distortion at backside of pages because of mediocre scanning
"A critical e-book of political economic climate that still claims 'the sexual act is in time what the tiger is in space.'... The Accursed percentage is a superb manufactured from [Bataille's] loony-tunes coupling of serious genres: pseudo/antisurrealist manifestos, leftist political treatises, erotics, Hegel 'n' Nietzsche stories, mysticism, anthropology, and solar worship." -- Erik Davis , The Voice Literary Supplement
Most Anglo-American readers recognize Bataille as a novelist. The Accursed proportion offers a very good creation to Bataille the thinker. right here he makes use of his detailed fiscal thought because the foundation for an incisive inquiry into the very nature of civilization. not like traditional monetary types in keeping with notions of shortage, Bataille's thought develops the concept that of extra: a civilization, he argues, finds its order such a lot truly within the therapy of its surplus power. the result's an excellent mix of ethics, aesthetics, and cultural anthropology that demanding situations either mainstream economics and ethnology.
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But the fact that the emphasis is placed on freedom as against servitude, on gentleness as against violence, is surprising, and indicative of the perplexity of some one trying to formulate a deep attraction. When Dermenghem speaks of freedom he is expressing the attraction he feels both to freedom and to Islam, but the quotations he offers are uncon vincing. 2 "God does not love oppressors," says the Koran. One grants the antithesis of the idea of God and an unjust oppression, but this is not a Moslem trait.
Consequently, in a sense they lie in any case. As a rule the individual accumulation of resources is doomed to destruction. The individuals who carry out this destruction do not truly possess this wealth, this rank. Under primitive conditions, wealth is always analogous to stocks of munitions, which so clearly express the annihilation, not the possession of wealth. But this image is just as accurate if it is a matter of expressing the equally ludicrous truth of rank: It is an explosive charge. The man of high rank is originally only an explosive individual (all men are explo sive, but he is explosive is a privileged way).
The Mexicans built stone temples embellished with divine statues, and the ritual service multiplied the expensive offerings. The officiants and the victims were richly adorned; the ritual feasts entailed consider able expenditures. Public festivals were given personally by the wealthy, the "merchants" in particular. 18 The Wealthy and Ritual Prodigality The Spanish chroniclers left precise information concerning the "merchants" of Mexico and the customs they followed, customs that must have astonished the Spaniards.