Derek Gregory on the everywhere war and bombing from above

While I think it is both premature and excessive to see this as a transformation from governmentality to ‘militariality’ (Marzec 2009), I do believe that Foucault’s (2003) injunction – ‘Society must be defended’ – has been transformed into an unconditional imperative since 9/11 and that this involves an intensifying triangulation of the planet by legality, security and war. We might remember that biopolitics, one of the central projects of late modern war, requires a legal armature to authorise its interventions, and that necropolitics is not always outside the law.

Derek Gregory “The Everywhere War

Gregory will be speaking at this week’s Shock and Awe Conference in London on Bombing from Above.


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