Antistrategic resistance – Foucault

I am working with the notion of antistrategic resistance and found this interesting quote from Michel Foucault:

““If someone ask me what it is I think I am doing, I would answer: if the strategist is a man who says “what importance does a particular death, a particular cry, a particular uprising have in relation to the great necessity of the whole, and of what importance to me is such-and-such a general principle in the specific situation in which we find ourselves?” then it is indifferent to me whether the strategist is a politician, a historian, a revolutionary, someone who supports the Shah or the ayatollah. My theoretical morality is the opposite. It is “antistrategic”: be respectful when singularity rises up, and intransigent when power infringes on the universal.””

Per Herngren
July 19, 2007, version 0.1


“Is it useless to revolt?” (Inutile de se soulever?). Quoted here from Foucauldian Reflections. Who quoted from Eribon, Michel Foucault, (pp. 290-91).