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"[Les 'mauvais sujets']... occasionnellement provoquent l'interposition d'un des détachements de l'appareillage (répressif) d'état. Mais la grande majorité (de bons) sujets travaillent tous bien 'tous par eux-mêmes, c.-à-d. par l'idéologie..."
Louis Althusser, "Idéologie et appareillages idéologiques d'état"

Les Mauvais Sujets est un collectif qui édite un magasine (Mauvais Sujets: L'éducation politique pendant la vie quotidienne) et permet d'accéder à elle par l'intermédiaire d'un site Web de public-accès d'accès publique. En 1998, les Mauvais Sujets ont fondé une petite société sans but lucratif éducative à but non lucratif, également appelée Mauvais Sujets, qui favorise l'utilisation progressive de nouveaux medias médias et publications d'impression et de publications imprimées. Les donations au sans but lucratif vont vers placer les copies imprimées des Mauvais Sujets de magasin (distribués pour libre), Les donations sont destinées aux copies imprimées des Mauvais sujets qui seront distribuées gratuitement en magasins avec leurs autres associés et autre a associé des projets, tels que de mauvais livres de sujets. Les Mauvais Sujets recherche cherche à revitaliser la politique progressive en retrait. Nous pensons que trop de gens du côté gauche de gauche ont pris leurs convictions pour accordé . Ainsi nous défions le dogme progressif en encourageant des lecteurs à penser à la dimension politique à tous les aspects de vie quotidienne. Nous recherchons également à élargir les assistances pour l'écriture de gauche et progressive, par un engagement à l'accessibilité et à la pertinence contemporaine.

De Mauvais Sujets ont été fondés en septembre 1992, chez Université de la Californie-Berkeley. Depuis lors il a circulé largement, et aujourd'hui nous avons réellement environ 120.000 lecteurs de partout dans le monde par mois. Vous pouvez employer nos équipements en ligne pour trouver des articles sur n'importe quel sujet, ou parcourez nos questions actuelles ou récentes.

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Bad Subjects Issue #87:

Weapons

BAD SUBJECTS Issue #87 investigates how the topic of weapons is woven into the fabric of society and is broadly defined in the popular psyche and technological history. From words to pictures, to media culture and cinema, a culture of weaponry--from handguns to drones and beyond----preoccupies the global imagination.

Creative articles on how weapons impact daily life in human interaction, geopolitics, or the life of cities or other are strongly encouraged. Weapons are unsettling, technological phenomenon prone to inducing controversy, horror, pleasure, and pain. The very word 'weapon' touches a powerful nerve in American identity, that of property and liberty.

Then there is the freedom to arm oneself which for many is a concept deeply embedded in the American mind. Whether in response to real or perceived threat, personal weapons have an attraction, use, and appeal. In art, media culture, literature, and film scripts that appeal manifests as images and words; a culture of ideas. Since Sandy Hook and Isla Vista, a renewed debate about gun control counteracts the virulent demand for gun freedom from the conservative right. Indeed, notions of “weaponry” extend far beyond that which can be worn on the body, or carried, or used by a single individual shooter when entire nations are beset with the forever marks of bombs, bullets, chemicals, and military actions. Historic events may offer an understanding of where American society stands with respect to military force, military aid, or the Second Amendment, but do they put us any closer to self-reliance, sovereignty, and the pursuit of happiness?

What do guns signify and how are they, or are they not, significant? Are weapons an idea, lodged in our minds, colonizing our thoughts to the point of no return? How can we dislodge their power over us and send it, naked and vulnerable, into the world, like a frightened piece of game? This is the purpose of this issue.

We are opposed to “open carry” and want more regulation and gun control. We have been active in the history of anti-war and anti-military activity. We seek articles addressing history; articles on art, cinema, culture, political life. We want to look at weapons, at guns and gun worship; at weapons and sexuality, at war and at peace.

In a remarkable work, The Ray Gun Museum, Claes Oldenburg placed a large collection of small plastic, wood, and metal gun-shaped items he'd found over time on display in a gun shaped room. The artwork talks about the symbolism of the gun shape and what it signifies; the likeness of the found object to the gun.

Thus, we have contradictions. We relentlessly glamorize the weapon, sexualize it, make it part of gender; fool with it. A femininity of wiles is often considered insidiously complex and amoral. We make poison, cast spells, bewitch and beguile while the gangster, and the gun moll, model unequal power relations in film noir after film noir and the masculinized, westernized military industrial complex dominates virtually all of Hollywood from The Terminator to Iron Man to Full Metal Jacket and Zero Dark Thirty,despite Lara Croft! Man and his Technology reigns supreme.

An even newer weapon, possibly, has emerged since 9/11, that of a pure ideology, immaterial absolutes and a global political spectrum laced with ideas emerging fresh from the US lead “War on Terror”. The Internet as terminal hiding place, as battlefield, cities as vulnerable, and surveillance as a necessary evil are ideas which reconstitute the feedback loop of the perpetual terrorist Other; a war machine.

What then, do events like the Bundy ranch face-off mean for "revolutionary" acts of freedom in the United States? How has the history of weapons influenced such events and what do they mean for the future of civil society?

Bad Subjects welcomes articles which will generate greater understanding about this complex topic. Submitted essays must be 1,000–3,000 words long. The deadline for submission is October 1. Please send completed essays (.rtf format), your contact information, and a brief author bio of 100 words, to submissions.badsubjects@gmail.com. Please include “Submission for Issue 87” in the subject line of the email.

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