I thought that this was a great piece by Mamdani as well:
Thanks for posting this.
Are we not getting to the point where we are afraid to say anything about anything for fear of being accused of representational exploitation?
This is a narrow and very liberal view. It is based on the assumption that intervention, force and over-determination of a situation are the only forms of violence and oppression.
But indifference, disarticulation, under-determination and disengagement can also be forms of oppression, leaving people to their own devices is not always that best way.
Just because Anglo-Saxon polities were founded on liberal notions of negative freedom, and just because writers like Foucault took this negative sense of freedom and translated it into the representational and discursive realm (though even he turned back, realising we could not be “free” of discourse as it is constitutive of what we become as people) does not mean that hand-wringing and caution to this extent is necessarily ever going to help anybody.
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Yes, the discussion on the Darfur-blog is continuing: Patience Kabamba makes a similar point as you, Daniel: “Mamdani’s argument does seem to overlook the daily suffering of Darfurians“, while Alex de Waal explains the connections with Save Darfur and the “War on the Terror”