Neal Curtis is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Film, Television and Media Studies at the University of Auckland. He is the author of Against Autonomy, Ashgate 2001; War and Social Theory, Palgrave 2006; and Idiotism, Pluto 2013. His current interests include media theory, technology and comics and is currently writing a book called On Sovereignty and Superheroes for Manchester University Press.
- "This is especially pertinent today as the current oligarchy that governs the global economic system can more readily be likened to a new aristocracy, and a counter-revolutionary one at that."
- "The demos is thus an interruption in the established public order brought about by the continual opening up of questions pertaining to who we are and how we should live together."
- "Today, social creativity is tied to technocratic adjustment and entrepreneurial innovation all tuned to the furtherance of profit, but this, if it is to be referred to as democracy, is a profoundly impoverished democracy."
- "It has also been assumed that the university is an institution that tests what people think they already know and challenges what the already think they should do."
- "My point is that no representation or institution can be adequate to the demos, but that this is not a deficiency."
- "The gods of the preproblematic world assumed the police function that regulated everyday life and preserved social order."
- "Much in the way ‘the market’ reigns over everything today, the gods of the current aristos attempt to render the world unproblematic, save for the technical problem of global delivery."
- "History, then, is not the gradual emergence of the true form of human society, but the continual eruption of a polemical truth without end."
- "This space is absolutely essential to the criticality and creativity of democracy and must be recovered in an age in which citizenry and state are collapsed into a free market deemed to be the perfect expression and synthesis of both."
- "That higher education should be privatised and for-profit and that teaching and research is legitimate only when it directly contributes to economic growth are part of the new common sense of free-market capitalism that has come to dominate all aspects of social life."