Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Conspiracy of silence

[That’s what I was trying to get at in a weird conference paper last year that drew together Gramsci and Schmitt’s writings on Roman Catholicism with Laclau and Agamben: the pope is a unique political actor insofar as he never has to do anything. In the division Agamben posits between glory and governance, the papacy is pure glory.
That makes the papacy very interesting for political theory...
Further thoughts on papal strategy from An und für sich by Adam Kotsko]

The Managing Trustee (of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Puducherry), on the other hand, does many things ostensibly maintaining a dignified silence. [TNM]

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