File spoon-archives/foucault.archive/foucault_1998/foucault.9806, message 30

Date: Sat, 6 Jun 1998 22:19:04 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: reification, agency

On Sun, 7 Jun 1998, na.devine wrote:

> In reply to M.A.King, I don't think at all that neo-liberal governments 
> govern by not governming. Quite the contrary. They are most active in 
> government. but the appeararance of non-government is essential to their 
> project. If you think of government as something more than the 'system' 
> - as indeed 'dispositif' then the apparatus of govt in neo-liberal govt 
> includes business and the reconstruction of the subject as well - hardly 
> not  governing.

That was exactly my point.  Put scare quotes around "not governing", if
that makes it clearer.

----Matthew A. King------Department of Philosophy------McMaster University----
     "The border is often narrow between a permanent temptation to commit
     suicide and the birth of a certain form of political consciousness."
-----------------------------(Michel Foucault)--------------------------------


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