Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Notwithstanding Agamben

What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them - that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply.
- Barack Hussein Obama

I don’t know about you, and I am not even entirely sure about myself, but I do have a very strong feeling that today Hannah Arendt is celebrating up there in heaven.


Anonymous said...

One of the things that I hope for, though this point is rarely mentioned, is that abolitionism will come back to life, this time around in order to destroy mental slavery, rather than physical one. Slavery is above all else a state of mind that spreads among whites and blacks, rich and poor, formally educated and uneducated alike. Slave morality is so prevalent in this land that its people elected, and then re-elected, a person with an obvious slave mentality to sit in the white house for the past 8 years. Obama, by contrast, is such a perfect example of noble morality, as Nietzsche describes it so well in his Genealogy.

Anonymous said...

assuming for a moment that this "noble morality" is either profitable or desirable, do you really think obama could/would/does embody it ? he strikes me as, well, "still pious." or maybe just another soothsayer.

Liam said...

I am sort of horrified and a bit chargy about the near-future. I think Obama may usher into being a "fascism that will make us nostologic" for the old practices. Although I feel congruently, somewhat optimistic and a bit or charge for the proof of some of Agamben's and Debrod's theses--that there is only zones of indifferece between worlds and that materially this may prove evident as well.

I think the events in Greece are closer to real re-appropriation of "hope" in life within a global camp