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In past the Spirit of Empire, the authors research the worldwide empire not just in its political and fiscal dimensions, but additionally in its symbolic buildings of strength and in its common assumptions usually taken with no consideration. How does empire mildew human subjectivity, for example, and the way does it have an effect on the knowledge of people in the entire of construction? What are the non secular dimensions of empire, its claims to divine attributes like omniscience, omnipresence, omnipotence, eternity, and what approximately its alleged exclusiveness and pervasiveness that destroys human existence and freedom, which turns politics right into a banal topic? The authors suggest to appear past empire to the opportunity of politics and freedom, to the restoration of the idea of individuals, to the significance of ongoing difficulty for the oppressed and excluded, and to a messianic religion that permits us to reside in anticipation, even though ambiguously, of the promise of latest instances to return.
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Global communications businesses (misnamed the ‘media’, given that they convey their own ends), which answer to the same interests, create the sensation that the desires established by the market are the only valid ones, the only possible ones, the only path that leads us to that fullness enjoyed by imperial subjects. To that end, the realities of all real subjects, the environments in which they emerge and live, are made virtual. Whether in the news or soap operas, reality is made virtual and dissolves into nonsense.
In the United States, for instance, the situation in the prisons is telling: there is little oversight or structure in many of these institutions and often people are imprisoned without due process for long periods of time. As a result, the subjectivity of the guards is virtually omnipotent (an attribute of the divine in classical theism) while the subjectivity of the inmates is systematically eroded. The fact that the US intentionally supports prisons where due process is explicitly rejected, such as the detention camps in Guantánamo Bay that defy international law, is even more alarming.
45–6. 26 See Mouffe, On the Political, pp. 59 ff. 27 Mouffe, On the Political, p. 37. 28 Mouffe, On the Political, pp. 83–9. 29 A reference point in this debate is Laclau and Mouffe’s Hegemony, as well as the debates that have occurred around authors such as Slavoj Žižek and Judith Butler. 24 empire, religion, and the political 30 See Carl Schmitt, Political Theology: Four Chapters on the Concept of Sovereignty [1922, 1934], trans. George D. Schwab, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006; and Giorgio Agamben’s reflection in his State of Exception, trans.