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Intolerable Violence

Intolerable Violence general articles BRAD EVANS AND HENRY A. GIROUX Vengeance from the Borderlands Writing in the New York Times on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11, the philosopher Simon Critchley posed a seemingly impossible question. "What if," Crichley mused, "nothing had happened after 9/11? No revenge, no retribution, no failed surgical strikes on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, no poorly planned bloody fiasco in Iraq, no surges and no insurgencies to surge against; nothing" (Critchley 2001). Hindsight is of course a wonderful thing. That is of little consequence here as a peaceful response was never a consideration. There were wider political and economic considerations to factor that were all about the governance of people and the exploitation of resources. If there was to be peace, it had to be imposed through the violence of our terms. Such has been the failure of the liberal political policy and modes of governance for the past decade or so. And such has been its veritable undoing as its spectacles of violence have exposed more fully its fleeting concern for humanitarian obligations. If there is a contemporary embodiment of liberal market state it now looks eerily familiar to Goya's Saturn Devouring His Son, the strength of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png symploke University of Nebraska Press

Intolerable Violence

symploke , Volume 23 (1) – Dec 31, 2015

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general articles BRAD EVANS AND HENRY A. GIROUX Vengeance from the Borderlands Writing in the New York Times on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11, the philosopher Simon Critchley posed a seemingly impossible question. "What if," Crichley mused, "nothing had happened after 9/11? No revenge, no retribution, no failed surgical strikes on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, no poorly planned bloody fiasco in Iraq, no surges and no insurgencies to surge against; nothing" (Critchley 2001). Hindsight is of course a wonderful thing. That is of little consequence here as a peaceful response was never a consideration. There were wider political and economic considerations to factor that were all about the governance of people and the exploitation of resources. If there was to be peace, it had to be imposed through the violence of our terms. Such has been the failure of the liberal political policy and modes of governance for the past decade or so. And such has been its veritable undoing as its spectacles of violence have exposed more fully its fleeting concern for humanitarian obligations. If there is a contemporary embodiment of liberal market state it now looks eerily familiar to Goya's Saturn Devouring His Son, the strength of

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Published: Dec 31, 2015

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