Sunday, January 19, 2014

On the Political Party Supposed to Obstruct and Impede

Of course, the sense of menace had been ignited by genuine disorder and violence (New Orleans/Katrina aftermath): Looting, ranging from base thievery to foraging for the necessities of life, did occur after the storm passed over New Orleans. However, the (limited) reality of crimes in no way exonerates "reports" on the total breakdown of law and order-not because these reports were "exaggerated," but for a much more radical reason. Jacques Lacan claimed that, even if the patient's wife is really sleeping around with other men, the patient 's jealousy is still to be treated as a pathological condition. In a homologous way, even if rich Jews in early 1930s Germany "really" had exploited German workers, seduced their daughters and dominated the popular press, the Nazis ' anti-Semitism would still have been an emphatically "untrue," pathological ideological condition. Why? Because the causes of all social antagonisms were projected onto the "Jew" - an object of perverted love-hatred, a spectral figure of mixed fascination and disgust.
- Slavoj Zizek, "The Subject Supposed to Loot and Rape"

So, how many Republican sponsored House bills has the 2013 Democratically lead Senate taken up or passed after having changed Senate rules?

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