In the articles written after L’invenzione di un’epidemia Agamben illustrates what mechanisms are used to turn a crisis into a political opportunity and how to turn the state of exception into the new norm. Nevertheless the question remained how was it that it came about so easily and especially that it came about so quickly? In his recent reflections – Riflessioni sulla peste –Agamben addresses that very question. How does it come that societies feel so plagued that they so easily give up their freedom, their rights and privileges? His answer is simple: they were already unwell. The plague was already present.
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