Thinking of OWS and other movements resisting corporate globalization, I wonder if another world is possible. It’s an open question. If another world is possible, and we are going to facilitate its arrival, we will need a lot more than acentered, deterritorialized, destratified, or horizontal networks. A lot more than rhizomatic flows and smooth spaces. We will also need centralized institutions, judgments, hierarchies, and plenty of strata. Even Deleuze and Guattari recognize this. The rhizome is not neatly amenable to an opposition with arborescent hierarchy. “There are knots of arborescence in rhizomes and rhizomatic offshoots in roots” (A Thousand Plateaus [University of Minnesota, 1987], p. 20).
Of course, smooth spaces are not in themselves liberatory. But the struggle is changed or displaced in them, and life reconstitutes its stakes, confronts new obstacles, invents new paces, switches adversaries. Never believe that a smooth space will suffice to save us. (p. 500)
The Earth–the Deterritorialized, the Glacial, the giant Molecule–is a body without organs. This body without organs is permeated by unformed, unstable matters, by flows in all directions, by free intensities or nomadic singularities, by mad or transitory particles. That, however, was not the question at hand. For there simultaneously occurs upon the earth a very important, inevitable phenomenon that is beneficial in many respects and unfortunate in many others: stratification. (p. 40)