So far, we are aware that the EU is characterized by a fundamental asymmetry between the institutional conditions of positive integration and those of negative integration, in a way that strongly favors the latter. We have also seen that the Dutch private firm Van Gend & Loos, through a case brought before the European Court … Continue reading The supremacy of EU law
We can now answer the question that has provided our first point of orientation. What is depoliticization critique? We need to start off by distinguishing between its localized and generalized varieties. In its localized variety, depoliticization critique is unable to invert the priority relation between ontology and politics, and can for that reason have depoliticizing … Continue reading Finishing touches: what is depoliticization critique?
A few posts back, I proposed that the concept of self-withdrawal is key to understanding current depoliticization processes. Self-withdrawal depends on the kind of spectator attitude that is dismissed by depoliticization critique. The attitude itself is informed by a particular ontology, which is seen as objective and fixed. As Ernesto Laclau has put it, the … Continue reading Depoliticization: a crucial distinction
With Rousseau, we left behind the ontology and reified anthropology that had founded and closed off politics in the tradition before him; and we saw how this entailed responsibility for humankind as such. However, this responsibility was one towards a common good that was itself reified into the concept of the general will, which sets … Continue reading Depolcrit #13: Into Ethics, Derrida