MGW10-GT-A2-Biopolitics

MGW10-GT-A2-Biopolitics - MGW 2010 A2 Biopolitics...

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Unformatted text preview: MGW 2010 A2 Biopolitics Gothbreht/Thomas A2 Biopolitics A2 Biopolitics........................................................................................................................................................... 1 A2 Biopolitics saves lives.......................................................................................................................................2 A2 Biopolitics limits state power............................................................................................................................3 A2 Biopolitics rights ............................................................................................................................................. 4 A2 Biopolitics checks totalitarianism .....................................................................................................................5 A2 Biopolitics generic defense...............................................................................................................................6 A2 Biopolitics resistance .......................................................................................................................................7 A2 Biopolitics inevitable .......................................................................................................................................8 A2 Biopolitics state is biopolitical..........................................................................................................................9 1 MGW 2010 A2 Biopolitics Gothbreht/Thomas A2 Biopolitics saves lives ( _ ) Even if biopower can be destructive, it is on balance necessary to save livesNOTE: we reject the gendered language in this evidence Ojakangus in 05 (Mika, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies , Impossible Dialogue on Bio-power http://www.foucault-studies.com/no2/ojakangas1.pdf) In fact, the history of modern Western societies would be quite incomprehensible without taking into account that there exists a form o power which refrains from killing but which nevertheless is capable of directing peoples lives. The effectiveness of biopower can be seen lying precisely in that it refrains and withdraws before every demand of killing, even though these demands would derive from the demand of justice. In bio-political societies, according to Foucault, capital punishment could not be maintained except by invoking less the enormity of the crime itself than the monstrosity of the criminal: One had the right to kill those who represented a kind of biological danger to others. 112 However, given that the right to kill is precisely a sovereign right, it can be argued that the biopolitical societies analyzed by Foucault were not entirely bio-political. Perhaps, there neither has been nor can be a society that is entirely bio-political. Nevertheless, the fact is...
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