Unser Terrorismus-Tabu

Von Georg Meggle

Philosophischer Versuch zur Klärung und zur Verwendung des Terrorismus-Begriffs

The only hope of ever winning the “war on terrorism” lies in ceasing to invest in its bankrupt philosophy. – Jackson 2005

Mit diesem Beitrag verfolge ich drei Ziele: (1) Ich will erklären, was Terrorismus ist (T-Semantik); (2) ich will zeigen, an welchen Merkmalen unserer Verwendung dieses Begriffs es liegt, dass “Terrorismus” zu dem Kampf- und Killerbegriff par excellence avanciert ist (T-Pragmatik); und (3) ich will abschließend deutlich machen, dass mit dieser Diagnose bereits alles Nötige zur Erklärung unseres “Terrorismus”-Tabus gesagt ist.[1]Continue Reading

Anarchism and Violence

by Errico Malatesta

Originally published in Umanita Nova (New Humanity), December 1921

Anarchists are opposed to every kind of violence; everyone knows that. The main plank of Anarchism is the removal of violence from human relations. It is life based on the freedom of the individual, without the intervention of the gendarme. For this reason we are enemies of capitalism which depends on the protection of the gendarme to oblige workers to allow themselves to be exploited – or even to remain idle and go hungry when it is not in the interest of the bosses to exploit them. We are therefore enemies of the State, which is the coercive, violent organisation of society.Continue Reading

For a Theory of Destituent Power

This is the transcript of a public lecture by Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben delivered to a packed auditorium in Athens on November 16, 2013 and recently published by Chronos.

Invitation and organization by Nicos Poulantzas Institute and SYRIZA Youth

Giorgio Agamben

A reflection on the destiny of democracy today here in Athens is in some ways disturbing, because it obliges us to think of the end of democracy in the very place where it was born. As a matter of fact, the hypothesis I would like to suggest is that the prevailing governamental paradigm in Europe today is not only non-democratic, but that it also cannot be considered political. I will try, therefore, to show that European society today is no longer a political society: it is something entirely new, for which we lack proper terminology.  We have therefore to invent a new strategy.Continue Reading

On Bullshit

by Harry Frankfurt
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One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit. Everyone knows this. Each of us contributes his share. But we tend to take the situation for granted. Most people are rather confident of their ability to recognize bullshit and to avoid being taken in by it. So the phenomenon has not aroused much deliberate concern, or attracted much sustained inquiry. In consequence, we have no clear understanding of what bullshit is, why there is so much of it, or what functions it serves. And we lack a conscientiously developed appreciation of what it means to us. In other words, we have no theory.