by olasvenle

Guattari’s thoughts on the liberation of human beings from labour are striking in their actuality today. The substitution of human workforce with robots has long since taken place in the manufacturing industry. Starting now the service industry finds itself in the same situation. It won’t be long before computers can perform juridical, economical, medical services.[1] As spare time for humans ever increases, Guattari’s cry for meaningful (artful) occupations rings out unheard. Instead politicians keep clinging to the notion of full-time work for everyone as the solid societal foundation.

What’s constantly underestimated in utopian forecasts is people’s need for consistency. This is evident when he turns briefly to architecture, and bases his judgement only on what’s suitable for contemporary material needs. Archaism and folklorism are his terms for those complexes of thought ascribing value to consistency, essentially recognizing that aesthetic experiences be defined as meaningful relations between user and object. Meaningful because the extentional relations represent the intentional ones. The inner images of the world and of architecture don’t necessarily change as easily as the outer ones do, they abide to other laws of the psyche.

How true don’t Guattari’s thoughts hold on the invasive commercialism of our days? Capitalism has moved into our lives and become an inseparable part of them, shifting focus from the production of commodities to that of messages, values, emotions.

Also, Guattari notes how Integrated World Capitalism is dependent on the establishment of “stimulation” with zones of misery and poverty in the developing countries. In the developed countries their equivalents are the groups of people stuck in unemployment and marginalization.[2]

[1] Paulsen, Roland. DN, artikel, After Work – när datoriseringen tar bort jobben 2015-04-29

[2] Guattari, Félix. The Three Ecologies, article. p. 21f