By Georges Bataille

ISBN-10: 0942299116

ISBN-13: 9780942299113

So much Anglo-American readers recognize Bataille as a novelist. The Accursed percentage presents an exceptional advent to Bataille the thinker. the following he makes use of his targeted financial concept because the foundation for an incisive inquiry into the very nature of civilization. not like traditional fiscal versions in line with notions of shortage, Bataille's thought develops the idea that of extra: a civilization, he argues, finds its order such a lot sincerely within the remedy of its surplus strength. the result's an excellent mixture of ethics, aesthetics, and cultural anthropology that demanding situations either mainstream economics and ethnology.

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It seems to prevail and to lay down a definitive boundary, but it is surpassed in any case. No doubt the rivalries of individu­ als among themselves take away the multitude's ability to be over­ run by the global exuberance of energy. The weak are fleeced, exploited by the strong, who pay them with flagrant lies. But this cannot change the overall results, where individual interest is mocked, and where the lies of the rich are changed into truth. In the end, with the possibility of growth or of acquisition reaching its limit at a certain point, energy, the object of greed of every isolated individual, is necessarily liberated — truly liber­ ated under the cover of lies.

But one must give 86 87 THE ACCURSED SHARE them something to do. To assemble, to exalt is first of all to elicit an unapplied force; this force cannot follow its impetus and press forward unless it is used the moment it becomes available. From the first, Islam was fortunate in having to set itself violently against the world in which it originated. Mohammed's teaching opposed it to the tribe whose traditions it blasphemed. The tribe threat­ ened to exclude it, which was equivalent to death. It thus had to repudiate the tribal relationship, and since an existence with­ out ties was not conceivable at the time, it had to establish a dif­ ferent type of bond between it and its adherents.

Yet other poorly equipped armies else­ where effectively opposed even armored forces. And Tibet has the advantage of an all but inaccessible position. In reality a positive determination is involved. The Nepalese, whose race, location and material culture are quite similar, have on the contrary a large military capability (they even invaded Tibet various times). At first sight, it is easy to give a reason for this peaceableness: Its origin is Buddhism, which forbids its adherents to kill. War­ like Nepal is dominated politically by the Hindu military aristoc­ racy of the Gurkhas.

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