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Massimo Cacciari and Alessandro Carrera

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823267163

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823267163.001.0001

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Europe and Empire

Massimo Cacciari

, Alessandro Carrera, Massimo Verdicchio
Fordham University Press

After the end of the great conflicts of the twentieth century, the State (meaning the State according to the European model) is assuming more and more the role of the katechon, the power that “holds back,” elusively mentioned by Paul in his 2 Thessalonians. By turning to merely administrative functions, the State undergoes a process of de-politicization that nonetheless preserves, as much as it is possible, the status quo against the creative-destructive forces of globalization. What politics beyond the State? That has become the dominant political problem of our era. Neither Ernst Jünger’s World State nor Alexandre Kojève’s Latin Empire are viable forms. The Roman form of an empire established on a pact among citizens and a constant widening of citizenship could still be workable, but the only power existing today that could be capable of such a vision, namely the United States, relies on technology and focused military interventions rather than “great politics.” Europe, which could still play a vital role, lacks the political will and its political subject is still missing.

Keywords:   Ernst Jünger, katechon, Alexandre Kojève, Saint Paul

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