Capitalism and space – reading Weizman inspired ideas of property and the politics of decay and warfare. In war-torn areas of developing countries that have experienced isolation and desolation, I find it intriguing how navigating these spaces for survival and protection (as well a for guerrilla warfare) is studied by the US military, an adaptable machine. As the article posits, the lack of training afforded to Palestinian soldiers requires their use of public/private space in order to mitigate their shortcomings in strategy and power. Transforming these spaces into battleground is mutual – done by the US government and by whoever happens to be at war against the US at that time.
It is worth noting how the US strategizes the destruction of property abroad (and at home) as a method of environmental and urban warfare. In the US we view capital and clear property rights as values of American rights and necessary to maintain a sustainable standard of care and living. When applied to the other, this is less so the case.
Most interesting was this concept of détournement: the adaptation of space to fulfill a purpose it was not designed to perform. This transformation of capital should be noticed in the US as also a proliferation of war (warring classes). In the context of the US military aggression against foreign countries, it’s almost the necessity to economize on space sacred space in order to stay alive. I wonder how much of the physical (non green) space could be attributed to the success or failure (and death) of a country or group of people?For instance if the community center or Temple is destroyed and is no longer a safe space, what does this mean for the people?