TRANSPARENCY

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Politics is supposed to be transparent so that full democratic access is possible.

The world of power should be immediately apprehensible, comprehensible, at your command.

At the same time, we could reverse these statements, tip them on their heads.

Political affects aren't transparent, e.g. not easy to read or secure.

Political feelings could be defenses, expressions that drown out the exposure of vulnerability or the will to power.

Yet there is always a sense, where power is concerned, that something is being hidden: something shameful about other people's appetites. An ethics of openness and transparency is a way of pointing to a frightening excess, an enigmatic sacred otherworldliness of the subject in proximity to power.

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