London Review of Books has published a long article by Hugh Roberts on the Libya intervention, in which he alleges that the Western powers always intended to remove Qaddafi from the get-go and engaged in a demonization campaign and a series of bad-faith gestures toward negotiation reminiscent of the lead-up to the Iraq War. It … Continue reading Libya in retrospect: Or, Iraq redux
This is the sixth paragraph in the main New York Times story about unfolding events in Libya: But as rebel leaders said they had arrested two sons of Colonel Qaddafi, the European Union said on Monday that it had begun planning for a post-Qaddafi era. Financial markets rose smartly in Europe and the United States, … Continue reading Some much-needed perspective on Libya
Jean-Luc Nancy recently came out in favor of the Libya intervention, and Alain Badiou is disappointed.
Since writing my post questioning the Libya intervention, I have read a great deal by people who know much better than me what they’re talking about, most notably Aaron Bady (a specialist in Africa) and Juan Cole (a specialist in the Middle East). Bady is probably right about the trap of “taking a position” on … Continue reading Further thoughts on Libya
With any luck, the mere threat of intervention will lead to a genuine cease-fire. Failing that, the situation seems to me to be much more ambiguous than many of our hysterical pundits would have it. Some questions I have:
VERNON W. CISNEY is Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Gettysburg College. He is the author of Derrida’s Voice and Phenomenon: An Edinburgh Philosophical Guide (Edinburgh University Press, 2014); as well as Deleuze and Derrida: Difference and the Power of the Negative (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming, 2016). He is also the editor of Biopower: Foucault … Continue reading Book Event: The Figure of the Migrant: Provocations in Consideration of…(Cisney)
This is the text of a talk I gave at Greenbelt Festival 2014. The theme of the Festival was “Travelling Light”; my talk was originally called “Travelling Heavy”, and I summarised it for the programme as follows: Christianity doesn’t travel light. It is weighed down with history, much of it shameful. But if we don’t understand … Continue reading The White Christian’s Burden
I can’t claim to be an expert on the internal politics of Iran, but my meager efforts are surely better than the active anti-knowledge that is spreading around the Iran nuclear deal. I’ve ranted on Twitter a bit, and I thought I’d write down some longer-form thoughts here, in no particular order. It was rational … Continue reading What if the Iranians are people too?
In all the discussion of the debt ceiling, I think a really simple point is often lost — namely, that if the debt ceiling is not high enough to account for the debt required to spend all the money Congress has legally obligated the executive branch to spend, there is a contradiction in the law. … Continue reading Obama’s submerged sovereignty
It’s a reliable rule of thumb: Whatever the U.S. does abroad, I’m against it. My first, gut-level thought on 9/11 — a moment that was all the more remarkable given that at that point I was coasting along with my family’s Republicanism as a kind of “default setting” — was to be horrified at the … Continue reading The thing about drones