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The affirmatives attempt to ameliorate the problem of poverty takes place upon the backdrop of a seemingly neutral
economy, resulting in an apolitical strategy that will simply be integrated into the violent capitalist system.
(Slavoj, Senior Researcher at the Institute for Social Studies, Ljubljana, The Ticklish Subject, page 352-355)
The big news of today’s post-political age of the ‘end of ideology’ is thus the radical depoliticization of the sphere of the
economy: the way the economy functions
(the need to cut social welfare, etc.) is accepted as a simple insight into the
objective state of things.
However, as long as this fundamental depoliticization of the economic sphere is accepted, all the
talk about active citizenship, about public discussion leading to responsible collective decisions, and so on, will remain
limited to the ‘cultural’ issues of religious, sexual, ethnic and other way-of-life differences, without actually encroaching
upon the level at which long-term decisions that affect us all are made.
In short, the only way effectively to bring about a
society in which risky long-term decisions would ensue from public debate involving all concerned is some kind of radical
limitation of Capital’s freedom, the subordinated of the process of production to social control – the radical
of the economy
. That is to say: if the problem with today’s post-politics
(‘administration of social affairs’) is that it increasingly
undermines the possibility of a proper political act, this undermining is directly due to the depoliticization of economics, to
the common acceptance of Capital and market mechanisms as neutral tools/ procedures to be exploited.
now see why today’s post-politics cannot attain the properly political dimension of universality; because it silently
precludes the sphere of economy from politicization. The domain of global capitalist market relations in the Other Scene of
the so-called repoliticization of civil society advocated by the partisans of ‘identity politics’ and other postmodern forms of
politicization: all the talk about new forms of politics bursting out all over, focused on particular issues
(gay rights, ecology,
ethnic minorities…), all this incessant activity of
fluid, shifting identities, of building multiple
and so on, has
something inauthentic about it, and ultimately resembles the obsessional neurotic who talks all the time and is otherwise
frantically active precisely in order to ensure that something – what
be disturbed, that it will
35 So, instead of celebrating the new freedoms and responsibilities brought about by the ‘second
modernity’, it is much more crucial to focus on what
remains the same
in this global fluidity and reflexivity, on what serves
as the very motor of this fluidity: the inexorable logic of Capital.