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So on class Wednesday I tried to raise the point that Derrida is subject to his own criticism. I would like to develop that point in this post. First I will go over my argument in terms of the discussion in class, and then I will try to ground it more in the text (which I freely admit I did not do well in class). Finally, I will synthesize the two readings. (more…)

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Posted on Cyree’s behalf (sorry for the mix-up):

Granted, I have only been at Hampshire College for 1 month, but in that time I have witnessed countless examples of racial bigotry and ignorance. Just as insidious as the instances themselves is the general unwillingness for the average Hampster to talk about these incidents, and race itself outside of an academic context. (more…)

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I’m glad we’re talking about ghosts. I really am. I think the meaning and significance of ghosts might tell us nearly everything we need to know.

It is also an occasion for reopening a question about Derrida’s specific meditations in Specters of Marx: is the consideration largely, or even completely, Eurocentric? (more…)

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I’m curious what you think about Derrida’s remarks, in his ten features of the new world order, about the displacement-placement question. It occurs in the thesis on inter-ethnic conflict, something that persists despite the alleged homogenizing effects of globalism. (more…)

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As I mentioned in class, the BBC has an interesting short feature on new civil unrest in Santiago de Chile. I find it interesting, of course, because I have a long-standing interest in Latin American culture and politics (some of you know this). At the same time, and more relevant to our space here, it is an example of how Marxism haunts both the article and Santiago itself. (more…)

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Tasing a Bro

You’ve surely seen it, but it is worth seeing with the conceptual tools of this course (thus far). And maybe asking some disconcerting questions about the inability of justice to speak itself in a way that mobilizes, rather than unnerves. Of course I’m talking about the UFlorida student who was handcuffed and tasered by security at a John Kerry event. (more…)

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Take a few minutes to listen to and watch this short exchange with Derrida on love. Aside from the rather comical beginning (the interviewer’s French slurs amour to it sounds like mort – love sounds like death!), as well as Derrida’s strangely unsuccessful attempt to get a specific question, Derrida’s thoughts are really interesting. (more…)

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