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Addressed in 1999 to a small group of persons, the following text was intended to describe in general the philosophical and religious affiliations that the members of the magazine Tiqqun (which had just released its first issue) associated themselves with either explicitly or implicitly. A ridiculously small number of copies of it were printed; the text was never intended for any kind of big public release. A (lucky?) leak then caused it to have a significant release; that's why we're putting it out publicly now.

Tiqqun's project is essentially based on three sources, each comprising a part of this text: Heidegger's thought, which involves the whole of western metaphysical thinking; reflections in the Jewish Kabbala; and the philosophical and political movement of nihilism. For minds steeped in Tiqqunery, they correspond perfectly and fit together totally. Thus it's only for explanatory purposes that they are presented separately here. By simplifying these doctrines and this story, which are rich and complex, we've been able to draw from them a certain theoretical coherence, from a mess of erudite commentary and flat citations; of course it goes without saying that coherence does not imply truth.

And what we said at the time regarding the purpose of this text has not changed either: though it appears didactic at its heart, it should be read above all as critical study notes. Only its conclusion, in the form of theses, could be used as a trampoline to jump to a more directly political critique. The last thesis has often been described as an attack both slanderous and halfhearted. But it is within the eccentric reality of "bullshitting college kids" with underdeveloped literary ambitions that Tiqqun has found its audience. And don't worry, it won't have any other. In its decomposition, our era has been apt to give favor to gurus swinging around "the essence" with a dash of rhetorical mush, much like others once swung around censers; but this gives some others no less an urge to make ad hominem critiques of all these modern-day priests trying to pass themselves off as revolutionaries.

February 2002.

Note: Tiqoun, a Kabbalistic concept, is spelled with an "o" in this text. When referring to the magazine itself, we spell it Tiqqun.

changed April 27, 2010