Identitarian movements unfold in space through violently insisting on identity and the closure of spaces for alternatives. But that does not mean space in itself is a neutral field, a blank or abstract space
Today, the asylee is, among other things, a political instrument, through which the broad majority of the middleclass exercises its own vitality through symbol politics and national identity questions.
Every morning, waking up, I lie there a couple of minutes, not daring to open my eyes. I force them closed. Keep my hands over them. Let the fingers slide over the eyelids. Attempt to rub the fear away. I check if they are there, even though it is only when I open them, I can be sure. Are they here today?
Trump ought to be an occasion to examine national democracy, because it is within this framework he became president, but unfortunately it seldom occurs. Actually, most analysis unfolds in a manner that precisely avoids analysis of national democracy.
It shouldn’t surprise us so much that love is missing in the hypersexualized universe of the West, but what is striking is that it has no real place or important role in recent upheavals all around the world, from Tahrir Square to Taksim, from Zuccotti Park to Puerta del Sol, from Hong Kong to Sarajevo.