Any science is based upon the special nature of that which it has made its object through its methods of objectifying. The method of modern science is characterized from the start by a refusal: namely, to exclude all that which actually eludes its own methodology and procedures. Precisely in this way it would prove to itself that it is without limits and never wanting for self-justification. Thus it gives the appearance of being total in its knowledge and in this way provides a defense behind which social prejudices and interests lie hidden and thus protected. One need only think of the role of experts in contemporary society and of the way economics, politics, war, and the implementation of justice are more strongly influenced by the voice of experts than by the political bodies that represent the will of the society.
"What passion itself fails to do, passion well-imitated accomplishes." — Diderot
We must be insistently aware of how space can be made to hide consequences from us, how relations of power and discipline are inscribed into the apparently innocent spatiality of social life, how human geographies become filled with politics and ideology.
“ ‘Tolerance’ also wants the other with the ‘fall’. We are interpellated into [ideological] safety, no ‘fall’: safe sex, or—you know, the same story at all levels of consumerism—beer yes but without alcohol, chocolate yes but with no sugar and so on: to get a thing (a product) but without this potentially-dangerous dimension. And that’s my problem with (official) “Multiculturalism”.
Of course I am for other cultures, but official multiculturalism and tolerance also wants the Other, without the ‘fall’: you know: the other, who is like us. And then you idealize the other. This is, for me, the worst form of racism.
I had the experience of a lifetime a couple of years ago in Misoula, Montana with 3 or 4 so-called “native” Americans. First of all, they protested this term—I love them, they said, “We are ‘native’ Americans, so you are… ‘cultural’? [Americans], we are ‘native’?, or what?” They told me, “we much prefer to be called “Indians” because at least then our name is a monument to White man’s stupidity—thinking they were in India!”
And they immediately detect this [idealization]. They told me they hate it so much when they get white guys come up to them and say, “you’re so wonderful, holistic, sensitive, and so on”, with such pride… I love them, they told me, “F*** you white people! We burned more forests, we killed more buffalos than you ever will do! etc”, because they got very well how foul is this celebration of a holistic, harmonious approach etc.
That’s the paradox of our era: the more we talk of “tolerance”, the more intolerant we are." — Slavoj Zizek [YouTube →]
Well, I’ve changed the course of music five or six times. What have you done except fuck the president?
Hysteria is not ‘I don’t know what I want,’ but the perplexion … ‘I see that others see something in me, want something from me. What is it in me that makes me an object…?
I’m telling myself, “No, I’m not yet writing. I’m just putting down ideas.” Then, at a certain point, I tell myself, “Everything is already there. Now I just have to edit it.”
In addition, it is important to remember that the other aspect of the double bind I have described— i.e., diagnosis of a mental illness as the justification for involuntary confinement and forcible “treatment”— also carries additional risks for Black people. While white people are more often diagnosed with depression and prescribed antidepressants, African Americans are diagnosed with schizophrenia at much higher rates and are also given antipsychotic medications more frequently and in higher doses. They are also more often institutionalized involuntarily, in part because racial stereotypes affect psychiatrists’ assessments of their “dangerousness.” The pathologization of Black people is also built into what Danquah terms “the oppressive nature of the existing language surrounding depression,” the commonplace metaphors of depression as darkness and blackness.
Sarcasm: the last refuge of modest and chaste-souled people when the privacy of their soul is coarsely and intrusively invaded.