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Hent de Vries and Lawrence E. Sullivan

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780823226443

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823226443.001.0001

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Rogue Democracy and the Hidden God

Rogue Democracy and the Hidden God

(p.382) Rogue Democracy and the Hidden God
Political Theologies

Samuel Weber

Fordham University Press

The United States uses the phrase “rogue states” to designate not only a state that “relies on acts of terror” itself, but also “terrorists”, who presumably are not integral parts of the state. Thus, rogue states are held to subcontract out what traditionally has been regarded as their exclusive prerogative: the massive and systemic use of violence. The notion of “rogue” therefore marks the turning point at which the legitimate use of violence by the nation-state is delegated to non-state agents who, precisely because they do not wear the uniforms or uniformity of the state, are increasingly difficult to identify, localize, and anticipate. In his latest writings, especially the “trilogy” consisting of Specters of Marx, “Faith and Knowledge”, and Rogues, Jacques Derrida argues that the place and function of the body politic is taken by the demos, now no longer seen as the fuller and universal expression of humanity but as something—some “thing”—that precedes, exceeds, surrounds, and traverses the conceptions and instances of sovereignty and nationhood, freedom and community.

Keywords:   Jacques Derrida, rogue states, terrorists, violence, non-state agents, body politic, sovereignty, nationhood, freedom, humanity

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