“...I am postponing, for a short time, the exposition of my analysis of anxiety.
And yet that is the crucial analysis that alone can adequately circumscribe the opposition of the two political methods: that of fear and the anxious search for solution, combining the pursuit of freedom with the imperatives that are the most opposed to freedom; and that of freedom of mind, which issues from the global resources of life, a freedom for which, instantly everything is resolved, everything is rich -- in other words, everything that is commensurate with the universe. I insist on the fact that, to freedom of mind, the search for a solution is an exuberance, superfluity; this gives it an incomparable force. To solve the political problems becomes difficult for those who allow anxiety alone to pose them. It is necessary for anxiety to pose them. But their solution demands at a certain point the removal of this anxiety. The meaning of the political proposals at the end of the volume, is linked to this lucid attitude.”
George Bataille, Preface to The Accursed Share”