[-empyre-] is there a global horror just around the corner?
swht at clear.net.nz
Thu Nov 20 08:55:32 EST 2014
the discussion wants to open its eyes and ears to the truth of terror
and violence and insists or in some cases concedes - in very general
terms, forgive me - that the vicious circle of
perpetration-victimisation-witnessing expresses or even communicates
politics, as if it were the mere technics of politics, the support for
the image, but has not acknowledged - I will be wrong and embarrassed to
be so as soon as I say - that it /is/ politics, not by convention, not
by association, representation or performance, except that
perpetrator-victim-witness enact politics: there is a political act in
progress in violence and terror as these are engaged here and now. As
violence and terror are engaged (in) as spectacle, they are here now;
and as they are sometimes elsewhere - although always the threat this
will suddenly alter, as with the precautions taken in anti-terrorist
measures, or given voice to at the G20 - they are here too in our
immediate milieux of communication, information: what collapses distance
is not the horror but that the horror has a political function.
Neoliberal reforms in education equally eliminate critique to a purpose.
If the distance is historic, the proximity is in direct proportion to
the political charge, even residue and fall-out, or ramifications of a
past politics to us, in us, today. We feel still the fall of the empires
of the 19th century even as so many 'senseless' wars have been fought in
the name of empire; the senselessness of violence is not an index to its
not making political sense. It made and makes sense for the US to have
and to continue to support divisive and even Jihadist factions and
factionalisation - everywhere in general. Fear is not the secret power
invoked to paralyse populations, rather the forceful determination of
and on a political agenda is the open secret of power. Fear is the
projection. Fear is the knowledge that every individual will prove the
rule by exception should he or she, you or I, criticise the Global War
On Terror - and so become the enemy, terrorist, stuck in a cycle, where
now the neoliberal democratic state is the perpetrator, the public is
constructed as witness and this week's next top victim is... ...Is it
possible to talk about a political intention in accelerating violent
imagery, collapsing historical precedence, dividing societies by
reversing meanings, that debt will be credit, that risk and danger will
be security, that wars are humanitarian, that is eradicating rights
because they threaten democracy, privatising and marketising weapons
manufacture, including nuclear arms, while directing their deployment in
a controlled market of the senseless consumption of living flesh,
enslaving governments to corporations, while violently overthrowing
states who fail to surrender sovereignty or economic self-determination?
Is there a bigger horror being prepared just around the corner? - a
naive question, I know.
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