The French philosopher Michel Foucault wrote an interesting essay about a nation’s typical strategies of how to “Discipline and Punish“. For sure there are great differences between France or the USA, Russia or Iran, Germany or China.
Compare how political bloggers are bullied in Iran or China, Cuba or Russia.
Yesterday I was surprised when I heard interviews, how to deal with the assassin killed in Boston. No U.S. cemetery wants to take him. A woman screamed: “Throw him to the sharks for feeding!” So were the procedures with Osama bin Laden. Guantanamo Bay is still nice compared with that.
In Germany is just a right-wing woman in court, Beate Zschaepe, which is involved in a series of murders of nine foreign nationals. The German authorities made disappear some incriminating files. Now she stands in front of the cameras, arrogant, dressed in an elegant, expensive black Boss suit. Perhaps the officials of the NSU-trial should force her to wear the striped suits of former concentration camp prisoners, so that she could understand what she did.
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Yesterday I was surprised when I heard interviews, how to deal with the assassin killed in Boston. No U.S. cemetery wants to take him. A woman screamed: “Throw him to the sharks for feeding!”
According to Foucault, at first Christianity has prepared (and then cemented) submissiveness and esprit de corps. The subsequent neo-conservative societies only had to use those structures. Foucault: “The bourgeoisie is intelligent, shrewd and calculating. No form of government has ever been so terrible and so so dangerous.” The neo-conservative elites are gradually reducing meanwhile contradicted civil rights, be it freedom, termination, protection, etc. – they subsidize globally operating banker cliques [nothing more than gambling debts] from taxes, but attack trade unionists and protesting workers and push them to the existence minimum.
In Deutschland steht gerade eine rechtsradikale Frau vor Gericht, Beate Zschäpe, die in eine Mordserie an 9 Ausländern verwickelt ist. Die deutschen Behörden ließen manche belastende Akten verschwinden. Vor den Kameras steht sie nun da, arrogant im eleganten schwarzen Boss-Anzug. Vielleicht sollte man sie zwingen, die gestreifte Kleidung ehemaliger KZ-Häftlinge zu tragen, damit sie kapiert, was sie getan hat.
- Beyond power: Unbridging Foucault and Weber (2013) (foucaultnews.com)
- Foucault and the Panopticon (angryfeministkilljoy.wordpress.com)
- Mental discipline, punishment and recidivism: Reading Foucault against de-radicalisation programmes in the War on Terror (2013) (foucaultnews.com)