Jodi

Having the assassination cheer squads on heavy rotation on the Jingo channel (BBC news) is embarrassing us all. No critical voice yet on tv, as far as I’ve seen. Worse than the Saddam execution on the Hanging Channel. Who needs media critique when they cartoon it up so bad by themselves? And to think that the rest of the election campaign just inaugurated is gonna be built up on this four-fronts-war led by the Geronimo-killer Kool-aid seller. Thank Obiwan for Jodi Dean, who can at least think past the ‘barbarous variant’ of ‘capitalist anarcho-fascism':

Cheerleaders, chants, and beach balls are barbaric responses to the announcement of a political assassination.

Political assassination is not an act of justice. It does not bring about justice in some kind of cosmic tit for tat.  It is not the doing of justice. Justice is not done when another is killed in retaliation.

Retaliation, retribution, revenge–are these now the common terms through which justice is understood in the US? Do we think that victims are avenged when their assailant is killed? The victims are still dead, still gone, still mourned. Are they brought back in the acts of terror, torture, and imprisonment enacted in their name? Are they memorialized daily in airports as we take off our belts and shoes, as we put our hand behind are heads, spread-eagled, and searched, as we are x-rayed and scanned?

For a moment, the twenty minutes or so when the intertubes were alive with the news and before the president spoke, I felt something–something like relief, the sense of an end, perhaps even hope. It was, I think, the anticipation of an end to the disaster of the last ten years of ritualized humiliation, electronically stimulated fear, widespread surveillance, and the enjoyment of camps and torture.

The television media quickly made it clear that this sort of anticipation has no place: the war on terrorism is endless, total. It won’t stop. We are not the same people. We have been reconfigured in a massive psycho-political experiment in transforming democracy into fascism, or a new barbarous variant of fascism, capitalist anarcho-fascism.

We are now the sort of people who cheer for death and murder, who repeat mindless lies, who glory in inequality–not bread and circuses but cheetos and reality tv. Everything is a game, yet we don’t even recognize the levels on which it is played, the levels on which we aren’t players at all but the targets captured or shot as the real players, hot shots, move on up.

Can we glimpse post-terrorism? Can we use it as an opening to something else, a focus not on war but on global capitalist exploitation? Can it be a chance to remake the decade’s choice for barbarism into a new choice for socialism?

http://jdeanicite.typepad.com/i_cite/2011/05/post-terrorism.html

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  • Jodi  On 03/05/2011 at 16:25

    thanks! glad you like it!

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  • lost  On 03/05/2011 at 17:37

    i have just completed a response to your post headed”jodi”,so im less than impressed that at the end end of it,having supplied my name and email,it tells me that there is an error and that i must suppky a valid email address.

    im sorry but telling me its atechnical hitch is not good enough.thanks for wasting my time.

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    • john hutnyk  On 03/05/2011 at 18:32

      WordPress glitch or your i.p address/connection? either way, sorry to hear. First report I’ve had of such a thing. Very annoying.

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  • john hutnyk  On 04/05/2011 at 08:31

    Anthropology, believe it or not, is having something of a resurgence over the past couple of years – I think since the US Forces Counter-insurgency handbook controversy, and maybe David Price’s work. Of course we should still be reading the anthro’s and sorting them into voyeurs (bin them) and writers (read Taussig) etc. No discipline is healthy these days – too many contradictions in the employ of a grudge-filled state. But, crawling up out of the stew, the occasional sanity, especially on some of the blogs, such as here for example:

    http://www.antropologi.info/blog/anthropology/2011/osama-bin-laden

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