Agamben and the Politics of Human Rights: Statelessness, by John Lechte

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By John Lechte

Can human rights defend the stateless? Or are they completely excluded from politics and condemned to "bare life"?

Human rights are in problem this present day. all over the place one seems to be, there's violence, deprivation, and oppression, which human rights norms look powerless to avoid. This booklet investigates the roots of the present concern in the course of the considered Italian thinker, Giorgio Agamben. Human rights conception and perform needs to come to grips with key difficulties pointed out via Agamben - the violence of the sovereign kingdom of exception and the aid of humanity to 'bare' existence. Any renewal of human rights this day needs to contain breaking decisively with the conventional coordinates of Western political proposal and as an alternative verify a brand new knowing of existence and political action.

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Such a notion of the human would transcend any simple division between oikos and polis, private and public, necessity and freedom. There may be an objection that today the state is not the personal fiefdom of a single individual, but is, in Western-style democracies, in the hands of many representatives acting as the executives of the people. And, of course, the structure of the modern state is very different from that presented in Antigone.

First, let us address the daim that it is pointless beginningwith a notion of the hum an as such in defending human rights, because such a being is not fully human. One must start with the campaign for the 'right to have rights', that is, to be admitted into a political community. On what basis, however, can such a campaign take place? Presumably only on the basis that those who deserve the 'right to have rights' are, in some essential sense, human. There is a cruel circularity here, a catch -22, whereby stateless people are trapped in an ontological (and real) no-man's land between humanity and non -humanity.

In this light, one of the objectives of our examination is to explore Agamben' s enigmatic claim that: Human Rights and Statelessness Today 19 given the by nmN unstoppable de cline of the Nation-State and the general corrosion of traditional political-juridical categories, the refugee is perhaps the only thinkable figure for the people of our time and the only category in which one may see today at least until the process of dissolution of the Nation-State and its sovereignty has achieved full completion - the forms and limits of a coming political community.

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