On how the discourse of "peasant ecological backwardness" has become an endoxa, a part of common doxa in China.
On how the discourse of "peasant ecological backwardness"...
The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere
评语：好想找一找探讨祁克果和哈贝马斯对公共领域不同考虑的文章，now that the modern public sphere is radically different from the ancient polis or republic, understanding itself as being outside political power, should we deem mediated public sphere a site of elitist communicative ideal or a dangerous producer of nihilism and detached reflection? Does the transformation from liberal commercialized capitalism to state-managed welfare capitalism produce any meaningful intimacy between embodied society and the polis, the divergence of which was what the public sphere relied on in its liberal stage? How to sketch a phenomenology of the public sphere in state-managed capitalism (in relation to the telepresence and anonymity on Internet)
评语：Cancer village as a site of discursive contestation and official manipulation or repression. What disturbs me in reading these discourse theory-informed theses is that they ask formal-democratic questions without asking critical-democratic questions, that is, "how do we get from here to there under the political status quo", or the democeratic functionability of the regime (in Woodly's work, social movements are even seen primarily as an integrated part of democratic establishment), but not "how the political status quo is programmed to be unable to fulfill the radical political aims", or the democratic dysfunctionality of the regime. Oftentime, the divergence appears at the starting points, where regime-optimistic thinkers draw attention to the urgency of need here and now (marriage equality, compensation from pollution, police violence, climate change, etc.) and seek for immediate solutions, while the regime-pessmistic thinkers argue that the system is prone to crisis, marked by contradictions, doomed to produce functiona failures or injustice, and fueled with unquestioned assumptions.
The Politics of Common Sense
Public articulations of “the way things are” that are repeated
in terms that ordinarily competent members of the polity find both intelligible
and resonant can and do provide very different logics for social and political
problem-solving. This is the fundamental reason why public speech has power,
because it can bring new understandings into being, and new understandings
precipitate new possibilities for political action.
评语：Woodly这篇主要观点就是美国的neoliberal doxic truism如何变成一种political common sense并阻碍工人阶级政治运动的
评语：potentially helpful for understanding the discourse of peasant backwardness in China