Thursday January 5th 2012 Tim
Foucault's use of Bentham's Panopticon to illustrate his understanding of
"perfection of power" fails primarily because I suspect Foucault
preferred to think of "power" as "agreement," but just couldn't
bring himself to say something that ordinary.
Better perhaps to admit that power
is the ability to enforce agreement, and then define perfection as an
understanding of the alternatives to agreement, and then dismiss
"perfection" as a product of fantasy or advertising. What's up for
grabs is the "agreed upon."