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Book Review: The Philosophy of War and Exile by Nolen Gertz | LSE Review of Books
Citing the alienation and harassment of veterans who returned home from the war in Vietnam, and the mockery of drone operators who try to express their trauma, Gertz perceives that both traditional combatants and modern drone operators have been exiled from a society that severely misunderstands these experiences of war and which refuses to take due responsibility. Crucially, Gertz discerns that traumatic events are not recognised as having been made possible by a ‘peaceful’ society, and so they are placed in another, aberrant realm, thereby protecting the status quo: ‘The diagnosis of PTSD serves to treat what can be seen as our fears of having to face the truth of our everyday lives, rather than serving to treat what is seen as their fears of having to relive such “traumatic” events.’ (p. 121). This is not to ask ‘whether PTSD exists’ (p. 122), but rather, whether we should not instead be re-evaluating the ‘normality’ – the morality – that treatment of these symptoms seeks to return the veteran to.
war  psychology  sociology  theory 
march 2015 by juliusbeezer
Benjamin in Palestine | Benjamin in Palestine
With painful prescience, Benjamin, the essayist, philosopher and translator, authored the landmark essay “The Critique of Violence” (1921), in which he vigorously exposed the violence of the modern state and its jurisdiction, legislation, and executive forces. For the early Benjamin, it was clear that there was “something rotten in the law” – be it the law of monarchy, “normal” democracy or autocratic regimes. From Benjamin’s perspective of a radical critique of violence, justice and the law of the state remain irreconcilable.
Palestine  theory  war  politics 
february 2015 by juliusbeezer

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