Notes toward an everyday life activism

“The bourgeois whose existence is split into a business and a private life, whose private life is split into keeping up his public image and intimacy, whose intimacy is split into the surly partnership of marriage and the bitter comfort of being quite alone, at odds with himself and everybody else, is already virtually a Nazi, replete both with enthusiasm and abuse; or a modern city-dweller who can now only imagine friendship as a “social contact”: that is, as being in social contact with others with whom he has no inward contact.” (Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno. Dialectic of Enlightenment. p.155. Continuum, New York)

Activism is guided by the things we say and write. The ideas and theory, the whys and what fors are important, but their necessity is linked to the action they direct. The affect of activism is in the doing. An effective protest is an action that creates a difference. A theory of everyday life is necessary for an everyday life activism.

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