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Law transformed: Guantanamo and the ’other’ exception By Claudia Aradau

Guantánamo Bay is almost unanimously seen as an exceptional space inhabited by ‘bare life’. This article unpacks the double rendering of the exception in Carl Schmitt’s work and argues that the conceptualisation of the exception in The Nomos of the Earth can help us understand the form of exception that is at work in the ‘war on terror’. 249 more words

Some methodological thoughts on Homo Sacer

One thing that makes Agamben’s Homo Sacer so difficult to grasp is that the status of the claims is very unclear. On the one hand, you have the close analysis of this particular legal figure from ancient Rome, and on the other, you have a whole range of claimed homologies from linguistics, ontology, etc., as well as some very wide-ranging claims for the relevance of the homo sacer figure for Western politics. 423 more words


12 χρόνια σκλάβα του σεξ: η πολιτική της βίας ενάντια σε Νιγηριανές γυναίκες στην Ελλάδα - του Φ.Ν.

Συνέβη μέσα στα τελευταία πέντε-έξι χρόνια. Το κέντρο της Αθήνας μεταμορφώθηκε σταδιακά σε μια μεγάλη υπαίθρια γειτονιά με κόκκινα φανάρια, γεμάτη ανήλικα κορίτσια από τη Νιγηρία. 17 more words

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12 years a sex-slave: the politics of violence against Nigerian women in the Greek context - by F.N.

It happened within the last five or six years.  The center of Athens, capital of Greece, gradually turned into one big, outdoor red light district, full of underage Nigerian girls.  438 more words

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Economy, Ecumenes, Communism: Economy as the Devastation of Ecumenes, Communism as the Exit From Economy – by Jacques Fradin

This amazing critique of economic thinking is by Jacques Fradin. I cannot claim responsibility for either the English translation or the distribution of the text – credit should go to my comrades at… 12,555 more words

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When the state of exception becomes the rule

Europe got to the point when the state of exception might become the rule. If this happens, a social/political/legal response will be necessary. In my opinion, we are not intellectually prepared to give such a response. 647 more words

Exception and Example: What is Agamben's Endgame?

Last summer, I reviewed Mathew Abbott’s excellent book on Agamben, The Figure of This World. The one reservation that I expressed was over Abbott’s claim that Agamben’s goal is a world in which “everything is exceptional” — but I admitted that I needed time to ponder why that was. 471 more words