Sunday 16 September 2012
Universal Politics, False Radicalism
For some it is the epitome of radicalism to extend politics to cover everything but actually I think that this is the most conservative of moves since if everything is always already political then the work that I believe is necessary to make something political, to tie it into those networks, is unnecessary. The universalisation of politics, far from being intellectual radicalism writ-large, is a conceptual rationalisation of political quietism and a justification for inaction. We need only sit around and lament.
If politics is nothing without politicisation, on the other hand, then we're not faced with a universe of politics that some people are too stupid to open their eyes and see but rather a meshwork of politics that hasn't gone far enough, yet. The tasks required to set the latter straight are, if not simple, then at least thinkable. There's no mystery. The tasks necessary to solve the former, however, are so gargantuan as to be frankly unthinkable.