State of National Emergency: Did the Jeffersonians ‘Break’ the Constitution?
“The [State of National Emergency] is more interesting than the [State of Total Mobilization]. The [latter] proves nothing; the [former] proves everything. In the [former] the power of Real Life breaks through the crust of a mechanism that has become torpid by repetition.”
–Carl Schmitt, The Concept of the Political, 1922
Most of my readers should already be familiar with the Generalmobilmachung (State of Total Mobilization). Neoliberalism’s Total Mobilization of Production for Profit/Utility is comprehended by ideological language like “Full Employment” or “Marginal Utility.” This is normal for all forms of Total Mobilization of Production. In Socialism, we encounter the Total Mobilization of Production for Dasein, its All-American version being Production for Eternal Glory. The specific terminology which I had chosen as a shorthand to refer back…
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