42) Agamben's vision of such a destituent power, which can never find its embodiment within state sovereignty, echoes Hannah Arendt's writing on spontaneous revolutionary councils as radical instances of the political beyond an institutionalized and co-opted civil society.
I think that we have to abandon this paradigm [NB: which would include contemporary models that aim at the integration of "civil society" in post-2011 Arab polities] and try to think of something as a puissance destituante, a 'purely destituent power', that cannot be captured in the spiral of security.
Basescu comme chef de l'Etat jusqu'en 2014, le terme de son deuxieme mandat, ou s'ils le destituent
, ouvrant la voie a une election presidentielle anticipee.
En 1976, annee electorale, les militaires destituent
le President par un coup d'etat militaire.
sic] Ante leves ergo pascentur in AEthere cervi, Et freta destituent
nudos in littore Pisces: Ante, pererratis amborum finibus exul.
This argument offers an important critique of Agamben's destituent
Likewise, in his essay concluding this theme issue, Agamben asks whether today it has become necessary to imagine not a constituent power, but a destituent power that deactivates or profanes the dispositif--that renders its disparate elements and relations inoperative, opening them to 'new possible use'.
For Agamben, destituent power is not merely another name for existing concepts--use, profanation, deactivation, form-of-life, the Ungovernable--but rather what all of these have in common.
Destituent power does not affirm one side of these pairs, nor does it seek merely to join them: rather it names a using of the world 'as not' that itself deactivates the governmental machine that produces and sustains them as separate in the first place.
Responding directly to recent occupations and insurrections--from Cairo and Istanbul to London and New York City--Agamben builds upon his existing work in order to develop and clarify his understanding of the political and, in particular, the notion of destituent power (potenza destituente).
And if revolutions and insurrections correspond to constituent power, that is, a violence that establishes and constitutes the new law, in order to think a destituent power we have to imagine completely other strategies, whose definition is the task of the coming politics.
And what is a destituent violence that is not only constitutive?