» Nonsite Author: Jonathan Poore
May 1st, 2013
Jeff Wall, Milk, 1984, transparency in lightbox, 187 x 229 cm.
Bartleby’s Occupation: “Passive Resistance” Then and Now
By (Rock Valley College)

For, when the neoliberal state has been absorbed by the market, how is it possible to resist it? Or, to put the question in a simpler form, how does one “resist” the market (essentially, the question posed by “Bartleby”)? Neoliberalism, of course, has no interest in answering this question; its account of political resistance is not resistance to the market, but resistance in the market. In other words, resistance itself essentially becomes privatized, as political principles find their primary expression in market preferences.

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