Thursday, April 24, 2008

Michel Foucault

"An amusing and yet also depressing passage to contemplate in the light of contemporary politics"

"I do not think that explicitly showing power to be abject, despicable, Ubu-esque or simply ridiculous is a way of limiting its effects and of magically dethroning the person to whom one gives the crown. Rather, it seems to me to be a way of giving a striking form of expression to the unavoidability, the inevitability of power, which can function in its full rigor and at the extreme point of its rationality even when it is effectively discredited."

--Michel Foucault, Abnormal: Lectures at the College de France, 1974-75, p. 13

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