And that is because as the modern history of the planet bears incontrovertible

And that is because as the modern history of the

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And that is because , as the modern history of the planet bears incontrovertible witness, Western and, more recently, American military force has exacerbated violence rather than reduced it in that fraught part of the world. The recent terrorist attacks in Paris are exemplary of this. This is not to say that the US should isolate itself from the urgent problems that face the globe; it is to say, that the solution will require a radically different orientation to them, one that abandons the arrogant Exceptionalism enabled by its democratic/ totalitarian binary and acknowledges that it was the West's relentless imperial project in the name of its superiority that by and large produced not only the destabilization of the planet , particularly in the Middle East , but also the fanatic terrorism that a certain segment of that ravaged world has adopted to combat that Western domination . To put this negative positively -- and in keeping with my initial remarks about the debate world -- the US's interest resides in taking part with the global community of peoples in behalf of transforming the friend/foe or war- to-the- end mentality it has always fostered in the name of the nation state. I mean a community of identityless identities in which , as the late Edward Said put it, " 'the complete consort dances together' contrapuntally ." Or, in the language of the great Afro-Caribbean poet Aime Cesaire, in qhich no race possesses the monopoly of beauty, of intelligence, of force, and there is room for everyone at the rendezvous of victory. The role of the judge should be to curate moments of unpreparedness --- the only radical potential of the university is to cultivate thoughts capable of inconvenient the normative reproduction of power Berlant and Cooke 13 [Lauren Berlant, George M. Pullman Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature, The University of Chicago, is interviewed by Jennifer Cooke, Lecturer in English at Loughborough University, “Transformations and challenges in politics, teaching, art and writing: an interview with Lauren Berlant,” Textual Practice, Volume 27, Issue 6, 2013] LB: That's a great question: a pedagogy of spontaneity is also a pedagogy of adjustment, after all, of learning how to use the synaptic space of communication to reroute the sign, the mood, the trajectory. To teach absorption, adjustment, and invention from within the becoming event of direct action is an intimate part of political practice . This transmission of the capacity for liveness is essential not only to making mediations that would induce new potentials but also to making opportunities to transform the grounds on which one's own claims are made . That's where your observations about the minor incidents that add themselves on to the big events might come in. Archiving , like footnoting , is a context-making practice .
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