on 31 January 2004
There is a great need for authors to start taking Deleuze and Guattari seriously as political writers. Many of their most central concepts are more-or-less directly political, yet they tend to be used most often in analyses of culture. Perez's book at least partly answers the need, because the last two chapters deal with political issues in relation to the politics of everyday life and the structuring of desire. Perez also looks at a lot of cultural issues, but with something of a political eye. His style reads a bit like Zizek, but with fewer dogmas and better politics.
He differentiates the "an(archy)" of the title from traditional political anarchy, because it has less to do with the struggle against the state (which may be carried out in the name of some other overarching totality) than to do with challenging authoritarian and microfascist attachments in everyday life. The weakness of this book is that Perez does not give many clues as to what a new an(archic) politics should look like, in specific terms - for instance, how forms of organisation or disorganisation might emerge which do not entrench microfascist tendencies. He more than compensates, however, with an eclectic series of applications of Deleuze and Guattari's ideas which keep the critique of microfascism constantly in focus.
I also liked the illustrations which are included inbetween the chapters. They are clearly "outsider art" if ever there was such a thing. They seem almost three-dimensional, standing out from the page.
The book is also more accessible than Deleuze and Guattari's own work (although it is still quite theoretical in its vocabulary).