The Agony of Power by Jean BaudrillardThe Agony of Power by Jean Baudrillard

The Agony of Power

byJean BaudrillardIntroduction bySylvère LotringerTranslated byAmes Hodges

Paperback | December 3, 2010

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Baudrillard's unsettling coda: previously unpublished texts written just before the visionary theorist's death in 2007.

History that repeats itself turns to farce. But a farce that repeats itself ends up making a history.-from The Agony of Power

In these previously unpublished manuscripts written just before his death in 2007, Jean Baudrillard takes a last crack at the bewildering situation currently facing us as we exit the system of "domination" (based on alienation, revolt, revolution) and enter a world of generalized "hegemony" in which everyone becomes both hostage and accomplice of the global market. But in the free-form market of political and sexual liberation, as the possibility of revolution (and our understanding of it) dissipates, Baudrillard sees the hegemonic process as only beginning. Once expelled, negativity returns from within ourselves as an antagonistic force-most vividly in the phenomenon of terrorism, but also as irony, mockery, and the symbolic liquidation of all human values. This is the dimension of hegemony marked by an unbridled circulation-of capital, goods, information, or manufactured history-that is bringing the very concept of exchange to an end and pushing capital beyond its limits: to the point at which it destroys the conditions of its own existence. In the system of hegemony, the alienated, the oppressed, and the colonized find themselves on the side of the system that holds them hostage. In this paradoxical moment in which history has turned to farce, domination itself may appear to have been a lesser evil.This book gathers together three essays-"From Domination to Hegemony," "The White Terror of World Order," and "Where Good Grows"-and a 2005 interview with Baudrillard by Sylvère Lotringer. Semiotext(e) launched Baudrillard into English back in the early 1980s; now, as our media and information infested "ultra-reality" finally catches up with his theory, Semiotext(e) offers The Agony of Power, Baudrillard's unsettling coda.

Jean Baudrillard (1929--2007) was a philosopher, sociologist, cultural critic, and theorist of postmodernity who challenged all existing theories of contemporary society with humor and precision. An outsider in the French intellectual establishment, he was internationally renowned as a twenty-first century visionary, reporter, and prov...
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Title:The Agony of PowerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 7 × 4.5 × 0.38 inPublished:December 3, 2010Publisher:Semiotext(e)Language:English

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ISBN - 10:158435092X

ISBN - 13:9781584350927

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