RE: reach... the absurd

The description of the biopower fits exactly to the
communistic regime we has expirienced here, in
Bulgaria. When i read Surveiller et Punir, it seems to
me as a exact description of the communistic world we
lived till 1989 y. So Foucault describes the european
societies, including usa. Dont forget that the
incorcet called east europe is europe, dont decieve
yourself- here is "as much europe" as in england. But
we cannot at all apply this notions to the asian
world, its a completely different world. We can not
meat such fantastic phrases like "ethnic cleansing" or
"biopower" in the region of the near east. The power
here is mostly the good old theocracy, or the power of
the greed - the contemporary "name" of the power is
greed, i think.


--- newidder <N.E.Widder@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

>===== Original Message From
> foucault@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx =====
> >Gee, if you realy was aware about Foucault you
> should
> >know that all foucault did was philosophy, all his
> >work is philosophical. the terms biopower have
> nothing
> >to do with sense you try to put it in. Biopower
> means
> >the way that the power in the west hugs and rules
> the
> >life - the body and its life: its sexuality, the
> space
> >of the body, the details of its life
> Foucault also admitted that though these forms of
> control had their historical
> origin in the West they are hardly limited to them.
> This comes out, for
> example, when he answers attacks that he cannot
> differentiate Western liberal
> states from totalitarian ones because the
> disciplinary forms of power he
> identifies exist in both types of state. Really, to
> suggest that Foucault's
> writings say nothing about life outside the West, or
> that his ontology of
> power cannot say anything about life outside the
> West, is ludicrous.
> >
> >Zhivko
> Nathan
> Dr. Nathan Widder
> Lecturer in Political Theory
> University of Exeter
> Department of Politics
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