Our Impacts


The surveillance state is not a new technological phenomenon; it is an inevitable expression of sovereignty. The concept of privacy protections are incoherent in modern life because individuals are rendered bare in a zone of indistinct decisions made by the state. Whereas traditional responses to the topic rely on a false belief in state reform and legal regulation, we will confront the heart of the topic – biopower.

Douglas, independent scholar,2009– (Jeremy, “Disappearing Citizenship: surveillance and the state of exception”, published in Surveillance & Society Vol 6, No 1, p. 33-34 http://library.queensu.ca/ojs/index.php/surveillance-and-society/article/view/3402/3365)//roetlin
This type of ... governmentality from sovereignty.

The war on terror has created a permanent state of emergency where laws are passed to manage risk and create security. Bureaucratic surveillance programs are the central part of this project because of the desire to capture and control everything. The paradox is that the state can always suspend its own laws – this state of exception renders all life bare.

Van Munster - Senior Researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies – 2014 (DIIS) and teaches security studies at the Department of Political Science, University of Southern Denmark (Rens, “The War on Terrorism: When the Exception Becomes the Rule”, 5/28/2014, Danish Institute for International Studies, p. 146-152)//roetlin
A direct parallel ... a secondary move.

Life captured by sovereignty and normalized by law is devoid of value.

Federman and Holmes ’11(Cary Federman, professor of justice studies at Montclair State University and Dave Holmes, professor of health sciences at the University of Ottawa, “Guantanamo Bodies: Law, Media, Biopower,” MediaTropes eJournal Vol III, No 1 (2011): ♥Tina
Agamben asks, regarding ... and prison law” (Agamben, 1998, 169).

This biopolitical system of terror, law, and surveillance necessitates constant global genocides which escalate to extinction.

Gulli ’13 (Bruno Gulli, professor of history, philosophy, and political science at Kingsborough College in New York, “For the critique of sovereignty and violence,” http://academia.edu/2527260/For_the_Critique_of_Sovereignty_and_Violence, ♥Tina
We live in ... a thanatopolitical instrument.

Bruno Gulli concludes in that same article

It is then ... robbery, [and] murder” (ibid.).

Prioritize our description of violence – wars are no longer between nation-states, but are “civil” and “global” in scope. Biopower is the root cause of war.

McLoughlin 12[Daniel McLoughlin is a doctoral candidate in Philosophy at the University of New South Wales, working on the political philosophy of Giorgio Agamben. “Giorgio Agamben on Security, Government and the Crisis of Law”, Griffith Law Review, Volume 21, Issue 3, 2012, msm]
One of the ... the alternatives emerging.

Our Politics


The surveillance state cannot be erased, but it can be deactivated – We must find a way to push the paradox of sovereignty beyond itself.

Kotsko ‘13 (Adam Kotsko is Assistant Professor of Humanities at Shimer College in Chicago and the translator of Giorgio Agamben’s Sacrament of Language: An Archeology of the Oath, The Highest Poverty: Monastic Rules and Form-of-Life, and Opus Dei: An Archeology of Duty. “How to Read Agamben” 6/4/13 http://lareviewofbooks.org/essay/how-to-read-agamben)///CW
Many critics of ... Western legal thought.

Thus our law: The United States Federal Government should substantially curtail its surveillance of itself.


Our aff profanes the sacred and turns the law into a toy – playing with the law rips it of its force and disrupts biopolitics. The affirmative is part of a slow unraveling of normative legality that will create a better vocabulary to discuss sovereign violence.

Agamben ‘5 – professor of philosophy at the College International de Philosophie in Paris (Giorgio, “The State of Exception”, pg. 63)//roetlin
In the Kafka ... or made juridical (Benjamin 1992, 41).

This isn’t a game, we’re playing for keeps – Our affirmation is a form of play that liberates debate from rigid rules and detaches humanity from the sacred.

Dragona ‘8 – PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Communication and Mass Media at University Of Athens, Freelance media arts curator (Daphne, “WhoDaresToDe-sacraliseTodaySPlay,” Personal Cinema, Page Last Modified 24 April 2008, http://www.personalcinema.org/warport/index.php?n=Main.WhoDaresToDe-sacraliseTodaySPlay?)
Giorgio Agamben considers ... wait and see…


“Child-like play” good – Unlike dominant modes of education that are preoccupied with adulthood skills and corporate purpose, our aff is a means without ends.

Lewis '14 [Tyson E. Lewis is Associate professor of art education in the Department of art education and art history, College of Visual Arts and Design, University of North Texas. “THE POTENTIALITY OF STUDY: GIORGIO AGAMBEN ON THE POLITICS OF EDUCATIONAL EXCEPTIONALITY”, symploke Vol. 22, Nos. 1-2 (2014), msm]
To begin, I ... kind of life.