TWO MAKES ONE

Every social body of thought is a device for battle, and takes effect through its particular milieu. Marxism took at face value the idealist definition of thought as subjective determination, having its only seat in the brain of individuals, without grasping that an ideological corpus is not separable from the institutional corporate organization that shelters it, that it has produced and that it produces. Briefly and put its own language: without grasping that a process of thought possesses the objective materiality of an organizational process. The Protestant heresy did not first take place in the minds of the faithful, only subsequently in a second phase to engender pastors, temples, synods. Geneva, and burnings at the stake. It was right away besieged by and within collective practices of organization: the two moments make only one.

Régis Debray, Media Manifestos, p.95

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