Before the Law // Exodus

The violence that [Walter] Benjamin defines as divine is instead situated in a zone in which it is no longer possible to distinguish between exception and rule. […] Divine violence shows the connection between the two violences [i.e. law-making and law-preserving]—and, even more, between violence and law—to be the single real content of law.            … Continue reading Before the Law // Exodus

A Trace of Blood // Genesis

You shall not pollute the land in which you live; for blood pollutes the land, and no expiation can be made for the land, for the blood that is shed in it, except by the blood of the one who shed it.             Numbers 35.33 The tale spoke clearly: whatever brotherhood human beings may be… Continue reading A Trace of Blood // Genesis

A Critical Theory of Everything // Genesis 1

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was formless and void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.             Genesis 1.1-2 Here one may certainly admire man as a mighty genius of construction, who succeeds in… Continue reading A Critical Theory of Everything // Genesis 1

Becoming Undone // Arendt and Butler

On that which follows terror. Nothing in his fucked-up study of black history had ever hipped him to this: The long life of a people can use their fugitivity, their grief, their history for good. This isn't magic, this is how it was, and how it will always be. This is how we keep our… Continue reading Becoming Undone // Arendt and Butler

The Ends of the World // Kant and Fisher

On imagining futures. A philosophical attempt to write a general world history according to a plan of nature which aims at a perfect civil association of mankind must be considered possible and even helpful to this intention of nature.             Immanuel Kant, “Idea for a Universal History with Cosmopolitan Intent” (1784) Capitalism is what is… Continue reading The Ends of the World // Kant and Fisher

The Island, the Promised Land, and the Desert // Derrida

On being. “In this same light, and under the same sky, let us this day name three places: the island, the Promised Land, the desert. Three aporetical places: with no way out or any assured path, without itinerary or point of arrival, without an exterior with a predictable map and a calculable programme. These three… Continue reading The Island, the Promised Land, and the Desert // Derrida