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of Injury : Power and Freedom in Late Modernity by
Whether in characterizing Catharine
MacKinnon's theory of gender as itself pornographic or in
identifying liberalism as unable to make good on its promises,
Wendy Brown pursues a central question: how does a sense of
woundedness become the basis for a sense of identity? Brown
argues that efforts to outlaw hate speech and pornography
powerfully legitimize the state: such apparently well-
intentioned attempts harm victims further by portraying them as
so helpless as to be in continuing need of governmental
protection. "Whether one is dealing with the state, the
Mafia, parents, pimps, police, or husbands," writes Brown,
"the heavy price of institutionalized protection is always
a measure of dependence and agreement to abide by the
protector's rules." True democracy, she insists, requires
sharing power, not regulation by it; freedom, not protection.
Refusing any facile identification with one political position
or another, Brown applies her argument to a panoply of topics,
from the basis of litigiousness in political life to the
appearance on the academic Left of themes of revenge and a
thwarted will to power. These and other provocations in
contemporary political thought and political life provide an
occasion for rethinking the value of several of the last two
centuries' most compelling theoretical critiques of modern
political life, including the positions of Nietzsche, Marx,
Weber, and Foucault...
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