Necropolitics by debgrant
New word for me
here's the definition
to save you a google
so you don't have
to reveal that Latin
is not your first language.
The relationship between sovereignty and power over life and death.
It's been around a long time.
I just didn't know there was a word for it.
Necropolitics is what happens
when we discover we can smoosh an ant
with our baby foot muscles.
It is what happens when we choose
to end our dog's suffering.
It is what happens on an adoption form
That includes the question:
"If your biological child and your adopted child were drowning and you could only save one, which would it be?"
It is what happens when....
fill in the blank.
you know, you know.
In the hands of sovereign rulers
or bodies of legislators,
the lines are drawn.
The labels invented.
The T-shirts printed.
The lapel-ribbon color chosen.
Wombs are territories to fight over.
Nursing homes are not.
Prisons. Didn't we already abandon that fight?
Survival of the fittest.
The one with the most power to decide over life and death
Wins what exactly?
Once there was a
Challenger to the powers that be
We asked him necropolitical questions
like "Who is my neighbor?"
to help us sort our own research data
into who lives, who dies, who gets to choose.
The Challenger's response to
"who is my neighbor?"
was "Close your fisted law books.
Stop riveting plates on your religious hearts.
Get over your racist bullshit.
Use your eyes, your clothes, your food, your money.
Invite others to use theirs.
It is a power not of
He told us that.
We still don't get it.