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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Fidelity to the Dead: The Holocaust Survivor Who Was Arrested in Ferguson

Posted by on Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 9:53 AM

The French philosopher Alain Badiou speaks about the fidelity to an event. An event, according to him, is a truth the breaks with and is distinct from an old way of thinking and existing. Think of Galileo's discovery of the moons of Jupiter and the implication of that discovery—the earth is not the center of the universe. After an event, there is no going back.

I like to think of an event in less dramatic terms. For me it is simply a truth, and it can break from or be continuous with the past or an old custom. Such a simple truth is that a human life must never be reduced to a bare life. A human life must always be politicized, even without official/state representation. Politics precedes the state. The Nazis reduced humans to a bare life. The dead black teen in Ferguson was also reduced to a bare life, as are thousands of others in the United States. Fidelity to the event is the rejection of this illusion of life wherever it appears in the world...


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rob! 1
The Dorli Rainey of Ferguson!
Posted by rob! on August 19, 2014 at 10:23 AM · Report this
Fnarf 2
This is never going to go away. This is never going to end. They're going to be standing there in their military uniforms firing gas canisters and pointing M240s at people until the end of time. The War on Black People is just starting its shooting phase.
Posted by Fnarf on August 19, 2014 at 10:52 AM · Report this
johnjacobjingleheimerschmidt 3
Shorter police: now that we've pissed everyone off...its time to calm down.
Posted by johnjacobjingleheimerschmidt on August 19, 2014 at 11:14 AM · Report this
Why doesn't Mr. Mudede Freedom Ride down to Ferguson and organize the 70% Black Majority there into a political force?…

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on August 19, 2014 at 11:48 AM · Report this
Kudos to her. That is a fantastic shirt.
Posted by Hanoumatoi on August 19, 2014 at 12:03 PM · Report this
@4, I think Charles should first organize the Black masses of Renton and Kent into a powerful political force. Politics begins at home.
Posted by neo-realist on August 19, 2014 at 12:04 PM · Report this
mackro 7
Apologies for the digression, but what's with the pomegranate yarn / bandana combination on the cop on the left?
Posted by mackro on August 19, 2014 at 1:12 PM · Report this
Charles, the Nazis reduced humans to non-humans. That's what "stay human" means.
Posted by sarah91 on August 19, 2014 at 1:13 PM · Report this
Cascadian Bacon 9
It would be rather embarrassing to be arrested by officer Ronald McDonald.

At least you wont have to worry about tear gas or stray bullets up on Phinny Ridge with the rest of the white people.
Posted by Cascadian Bacon on August 19, 2014 at 5:49 PM · Report this
@9 Are you sure about that?
Posted by longwayhome on August 19, 2014 at 10:09 PM · Report this
someone's been reading their agamben
Posted by zoe/bios on August 20, 2014 at 12:52 PM · Report this
Slam1263 12
I expect nothing less, than systemic government abuse, in a city that is ran by Democrats.

Maybe its time to look at being independents.
Posted by Slam1263 on August 22, 2014 at 10:45 AM · Report this

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