When the personal is necropolitical: on Inauguration Day and alliances of hate

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“Today marks what I believe will be remembered as a new era. We tend to think of historical eras as having neat demarcations, limits we can recall with specific dates and times. “Today this country declared independence”. “On this date, the regime fell”, etc. But historical eras are more like processes that follow a continuum rather than neatly marked portions of time. And yet, I cannot help but see today’s President Donald Trump’s inauguration as the officialization of something that has been a long time in the making: the institution of necropolitics as State policy, no longer disguised or thinly veiled under the pretense of “national interests” or “freedom for all” but as an explicitly declared intention of leaving vast swaths of the world open to harm for the benefit of the very few in Trump’s administration.”

 

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