focusing the crisis

Liberal humanism mourns its failure to emancipate, in the wake of rationalized war and torture. The particular applications of universality light up its endless failures.
The marginalized can’t escape the master-slave dialectic, can’t escape identity constructed through trauma, unless, to borrow from Deleuze, they/we draw our being at least partially from the future, the “city to come.”
If the idea of the individual, with its drive to romantic love, free speech, and other idealistically democratic freedoms is not as useful an idea as it was, was possibility remains for the collective? How differentiated are we/do we need to be from one another? What of our hybridities– racial, gendered, technological? Are we already borg, with all its orientalized implications?
Can you tell I’m trying to write a grant proposal?

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