"Finally, you confuse the living and the dead"

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"Here death can no longer be called death... (but) the fabrication of corpses...

.. fabrication of corpses implies that it is no longer possible truly to speak of death, that what took place in the camps was not death, but rather something infinitely more appalling. In Auschwitz, people did not die; rather corpses were produced. Corpses without death, nonhumans whose decease is debased into matter of serial production. And, according to a possible and widespread interpretation, precisely this degradation of death constitutes the specific offense of Auschwitz, the proper name of its horror.""In one case (humans

have been stripped to) the non-living, as the being whose life is not truly life; in the other case, (their) death cannot be called death, but only the production of a corpse-- as the inscription of life in a dead area, and in death, of a living area."

"As we later called them, The Living Dead...."

"This is the... "third realm" the perfect cipher of the camp, the non-place in which all disciplinary barriers are destroyed and all embankments flooded. (Producing a) indefinite being in whom not only humanity and non-humanity, but also vegetative existence and relation, physiology and ethics, medicine and politics, and life and death continuously pass through each other.

Agamben interrogates what the State of Exclusion (being excluded from the political application of "rights") and Bare Life (stripping subjecthood to elemental basic "life") as breed in the concentration camp and what this entails for society and the contemporary notions of life and death. Focus will be on the definitions of rights and governance in authoritative state structures, how this informed the formulates biopolitical subject and what this means as applied to the individual as produced subject of the social regime at the contemporary moment will be explored.

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Steven Dixon