Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Power and Justice

During Control Room, I was impressed when the head of Al Jazeera mentioned how the "Arab nightmare became the American dream" and then quipped that he still believes in and holds "that dream" for himself, and that he plans to send his children to America.

Incredible. For me this highlights the relationship between justice and power, and brings to mind a Foucault quote that's been stuck in my head this week: "The strategic adversary is fascism... the fascism in us all, in our heads and in our everyday behavior, the fascism that causes us to love power, to desire the very thing that dominates and exploits us." How is this man able to simultaneously recognize American imperialism's damaging impact on his livlihood and countrymen and their active media work against him while also retaining hopes of joining their oppressive ranks? Power and justice seem to be in opposition to one another.

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