Mijn God, mijn God, waarom hebt Gij mij verlaten? Een commentaar bij Kracauers ‘Over uitzendbureaus’

“But the life that begins on earth after the last day is simply human life.” – Giorgio Agamben In 1930 schreef de Duitse cultuurkriticus Siegfried Kracauer een krantenartikel over Berlijnse uitzendbureaus voor de Frankfurter Zeitung. Zijn samenleving is die van de Weimarrepubliek van de jaren ’30. Het land werd geteisterd door de zwaarste economische crisissen…

Biopower and homophobia in Russia

“Men accept servility in order to acquire wealth; as if they could acquire anything of their own when they cannot even assert that they belong to themselves.” – Etienne De La Boétie Gays not allowed Gay people no longer seem welcomed even in the West. On the one hand, far right politicians like Geert Wilders…

The slavery of freedom

“We used to own our slaves, now we just rent them.” –          Anonymous. The American anthropologist David Graeber once remarked that the difference between wage labor existing today and slavery is rather small. In the past people were so in debt that they had to sell their lives to others in order to survive. Nowadays…