THE CRONY IS THE ATONAL SHADOW OF THE FRIEND
My problem is not with the friend but with the crony. The friend as conceptual persona is a positive transcendental requirement of philosophy from the beginning, as the Two is an essential component of its existence and founds philosophy’s dialogical nature. The “crony” is the debased atonal equivalent of the friend, its counterpart in the world of democratic materialism. The crony is a product of the suture of philosophy to politics that has itself been degraded to the capitalist law of the count (profit) and to the neoliberal law of free association (interests). The crony is in this sense not a subject, and conflates the active incorporation in a body of truth (immanent assemblage) with the reactive adhesion to and sharing of theoretical, sociological, collegial, and financial interests. Following a remark from Adrian Romero Farias we can say that the “crony” belongs to the logic of debt, including that of social capital, whereas the friend belongs to a logic of excess. The crony is the indebted man or woman, the friend is the transgressive one.
Note: This phenomenon is very close to what Michael Eldred analyses as the “gainful game”.