From: Mitch Wilson <lobster@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 21 Jun 1999 13:02:30 -0500
Long time since this topic has been discussed, huh? Well, here's a question
that I hope will get it started again.
Can the apparent contradiction between F's concepts of power in D&P and HS1
be resolved if we consider the Nazi belief that the genocide of the Jew was
productive to the Arian?
In this perverse reasoning, that power is productive in the mechanisms of
genocide, death becomes productive as a mechanism and so, since it is
productive to the Arian nation in shaping its society on the level of
biology (genetics and the social body), becomes a mechanism of power:
-- death (of the Jew) becomes productive (to the subjectivity of the Arian,
who can supposed only exist in true form when genetically pure in a
complementarly "pure" society).
I guess for the above to be valid as a resolution to the contradiction you
pointed out, one would have to show that, in D&P, Foucault's concept of
power didn't deal with death, in the form of genocide, as an exclusively
negative force, which would put in in contradiction with death, in the form
of genocide, as a productive one in HS1.