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Judith Butler: Notes Toward and Performative Theory of Assembly

The body as a starting point for Judith Butler's thinking about democracy is promising – but does not meet because of the author's one-sided reading of Hannah Arendt. 

The body of politics

"I came here today to give you my support [...] [S] the baby we make democracy [...]" The words stem from Judith Butler's appeal under the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York in 2011 (the appeal can be viewed at YouTube). Then she took advantage of what social movements term a human megaphone (also called "human microphone" or "people's microphone") – which is that the appellant reads the appeal sentence by sentence, and that the assembly repeats each sentence in chorus before appellant continues on the next.
The purpose is to reinforce the impact of political statements when bodies are unregulated in streets or in places, and collectively, the appeal is valid. In Butler's new book Notes Toward and Performative Theory of Assembly is called this act of resistance, which raises the ideal of direct democracy.

Expressive freedom. In the book, Butler develops the idea of ​​democracy as what she calls body politics. In the author, the body refers to the whole person. This springs from the assumption that the body is common. . .

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