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.
- "Democracy has lost its political essence and is now used as a technique for social management."
- "The second characteristic of politics, for Rancière, is that the division between those who count and those who do not is perpetually challenged through the pursuit of equality."
- "Democratic politics is therefore the continual creation or ‘coming to light’ of ‘another relation’ between the instituting and instituted imagination, and ‘does not halt before a conception, given once and for all, of what is just, equal, or free’."
- "What’s in a name?"
- "What he calls ‘the preproblematic world’ is a world of ‘pregiven meaning [where gods] stand over humans, ruling over them and deciding their destiny’."
- "Alain Joxe uses this term to describe the way in which capitalist oligarchy increasingly rolls back the advances of the eighteenth century democratic revolutions and reinstates social division and elite power equal to the absolute monarchy which the age of revolution sought to do away with."
- "Importantly, it must also be noted that this inception of new social forms is not the work of atomised or sovereign individuals: the work of what he also calls the ‘radical imaginary’ is always the creation of ‘a common world—kosmos koinos’."
- "Neither closed around the atomised individual nor any predefined dogma, democracy—or rather the demos—is, as I hope to show, open in the sense that it is both public and permanently creative."
- "A second double meaning of the word demos also has political potential, I believe."
- "The gods of the preproblematic world assumed the police function that regulated everyday life and preserved social order."