Tag Archives: Ernesto Laclau

MQM, the Empty Signifier?


The emerging rhetoric emanating from various sources in Pakistan in the wake of Karachi’s target killings is almost stunning in its unusual alignment against the MQM. TV Anchors, politicians [many of whom were otherwise at loggerheads with each other], civil society magnates, all of them seem aligned in their belief that MQM is on the […]

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Glenn Beck likens Norwegian dead to Hitler youth | Media | The Guardian


Glenn Beck does it again!  Read the Guardian report below, particularly its last paragraph: Glenn Beck, the rightwing US broadcaster and Tea Party favourite, has compared those who were massacred on the Norwegian island of Utøya to the Nazi party’s youth wing. “There was a shooting at a political camp, which sounds a little like […]

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Chain of Equivalence


In response to my post on ‘interest aggregation,’ Ajay Sharma wrote the following: I guess interest aggregation could need some sort of (Laclau’s) chain of equivalence so that different yet non-competing interests can comingle and aggregate. Getting such chain of equivalence to form and endure is a perennial challenge I just thought another post was warranted […]

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Egyptian Revolution, Muslim Brotherhood, and Empty Signifiers…


The Egyptian uprising has brought together differences within the Egyptian society overrunning them by an overwhelmingly unifying rhetoric.  Tahrir square has become an unmistakable symbol of this integration. In its statement today, Muslim Brotherhood (MB) minced no words in emphasizing that it was part of a national movement for all Egyptian people. The statement was […]

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