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Giorgio Agamben: When the House is on Fire

“Nothing I’m doing makes any sense if the house is on fire.” Yet even when the house is on fire it is necessary to continue as before, to do everything with care and precision, perhaps even more so than before—even if no one notices. Perhaps life itself will disappear from the face of the earth, perhaps no memory whatsoever will remain of what has been done, for better or for worse. But you continue as before, it is too late to change, there is no time anymore.

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Giorgio Agamben: Contagion

What follows is a text by Giorgio Agamben about the the most inhuman consequences of the panic that they (the Italian state, Enough 14) are attempting to spread in Italy, on the occasion of the so-called coronavirus epidemic.

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