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Homo Sacer in Afghanistan

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The lesson to be learned from Carl [[Schmitt ]] is that the [[divide ]] friend/enemy is never just the verification of a factual [[difference]]: the [[enemy ]] is by definition always — up to a point, at least — invisible, it looks like one of us, it cannot be directly recognized, which is why the big problem and task of the [[political ]] [[struggle ]] is that of providing/constructing the recognizable IMAGE of the enemy. (This also makes it clear why [[Jews ]] are the enemy par excellence: it is not only that they conceal their [[true ]] [[image ]] or contours — it is that there is ultimately NOTHING beneath their deceiving appearances. Jews [[lack ]] the "inner [[form]]" that pertains to any proper national [[identity]]: they are a non-[[nation ]] among nations, their national substance resides precisely in a lack of substance, in a formless infinite plasticity). In short, the "enemy [[recognition]]" is always a [[performative ]] procedure which, in contrast to the deceiving appearances, brings to light / constructs the enemy's "true face." Schmitt refers here directly to the Kantian [[category ]] of Einbildungskraft, the [[transcendental ]] [[power ]] of [[imagination]]: in [[order ]] to recognize the enemy, the [[conceptual ]] subsumption under preexisting [[categories ]] is not enough; one has "to schematize" the [[logical ]] [[figure ]] of the Enemy, providing it with [[concrete ]] sensible features which make it into an appropriate target of [[hatred ]] and struggle.
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