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.
- "Although the emergence of a militant form of Islamism, world-changing new technologies, and political movements exemplified most recently by Occupy and the uprisings collectively referred to as the Arab Spring give a clear indication of how history is alive and well, and even the author of the original end of history thesis, Francis Fukuyama, has had to correct the absurdity of his claim, there remains the general belief that capitalism remains the ultimate social and political form."
- "Democracy and social inception To say a little more about this inception that emerges from the questioning of the world, we can turn to the work of Cornelius Castoriadis."
- "For Rancière politics is fundamentally ‘antagonistic to policing’ because it breaks with the given configuration of parts and ‘divisions of the police order’."
- "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."
- "Although we may vote for politicians and their parties, it is increasingly the ratings agencies, banks, and large transnational corporations that determine policy."
- "As a consequence, government by title continually represents equality as catastrophic for democratic civilisation; as the anarchic, excessive ‘disorder of passions’."
- "All of this means that democracy can only be at odds with the current situation defined by a new aristocratic social order, and the god-like market that supposedly brings an end to both history and the radical social imaginary."
- "After the collapse of Soviet communism, the supposed victory of the capitalist democracies has in reality more closely resembled the consolidation of plutocracy governed by an unaccountable oligarchy."
- "This means that buried deep inside democracy is a connection to the commons, and to labour, from which the current form of democracy as privatised consumer choice is very far removed."
- "For Rancière, politics is precisely the disjoining of government from what is perceived to be the natural difference contained in the title aristos (best)."