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Henceforth, my dear philosophers, let us be on guard against the dangerous old conceptual fiction that posited a “pure, will-less, painless, timeless knowing subject” [which] demand[s] that we should think of an eye that is completely unthinkable, an eye turned in no particular direction, in which the active and interpreting forces, through which alone seeing becomes seeing something, are supposed to be lacking…. There is only a perspective seeing, only a perspective “knowing”; and the more affects we allow to speak about one thing, the more eyes, different eyes, we can use to observe one thing, the more complete will our “concept” of this thing, our “objectivity,” be.
Nietzche, On the Genealogy of Morals
One of the soundest arguments for direct democracy…
The general political tendency of the past three decades is that of nation-state governments directing their attention outward towards the elite business sectors of other nation-states as opposed to inward toward the populations that these governments supposedly represent. So in turn, capital has flowed in the same way.
There are in theory two reactions to this neoliberal tendency.
One is a reactionary, nationalist, right-wing reaction that yearns for a more “pure” past with racism and sexism being the primary expressions of this homogeneous movement. The Tea Party in the U.S. and Breivik in Norway are exemplars of this reaction.
The other reaction is a left-wing call for real globalization, that is, movements from the ground up that aren’t exclusive along lines of class, race, or gender, and that ignore nation-state boundaries just as capitalist globalization does. The Zapatistas and Occupy are expressions of this second reaction. In the face of being ignored by representative governments, and the increasing consolidation of global power into organizations like the WTO, and through agreements like NAFTA and the imminent TPP, this progressive response wants to decentralize power into groups of people who actually listen to each other in hopes of building communities with more expressive and moral human relationships.