Although it was inspiring and effective, the metaphor [of empire . . . as a castle besieged by a manifold army of peasants] was a misrepresentation. There was no real siege going on, as you can’t besiege a power that’s everywhere and whose main manifestation is a constant flow of electrons from stock exchange to stock exchange.
That misrepresentation would prove fatal in Genoa.
We were mistaking the power’s formal ceremonies for the power itself. (“Spectres of Müntzer at Sunrise”)
This seems right to me. I do still wonder about the effect (if any) of “power’s formal ceremonies,” and so likewise the effect (if any) of disrupting those ceremonies. Is there such a thing as a power that is absolutely non-ceremonial, that doesn’t at all rely on such ceremonies? Or on the other hand, is there a ceremony that is truly empty of power?