What is to be done in the face of fundamentalist violence? What is the response to terror which disperses rather than affirms it, that disrupts its logic of differentiation? What is the role of empathy, compassion and love for radicals?Read More
The following is from something I was writing about the Grayzone, but it didn't really fit... I like it as a piece of writing though so I am going to leave it here.
The attacks in Paris last Friday sent ripples of shock though Western media outlets, social and otherwise, and elicited an tremendous collective outpouring of grief. Yet, as many were quick to note, this response stood in stark contrast to reactions to similar attacks in other parts of the world, like those occurring only days before in Beirut and Iraq. Yet, these divergent responses are hardly surprising. For those accustomed to the promise of invulnerability bestowed upon people with white skin, the Paris attacks were fundamentally different. What was shocking about this attack was that suddenly, like so many others are forced to contend with on a daily basis, the unmarked Western subject was forced to grapple with its own precarity, the vulnerable condition of having a body upon which violence can be inflicted.Read More