Neoliberal governmentality

subjectivity that encourages us to keep going for a reward that is always around the corner. a socio-political concept which loosely translates to”erm… we don’t judge but we judging” or the government is relinquishing its obligation  to “monitor wellbeing” but they’re “monitoring”

we are sold to the idea that the more of ourselves we expend the more we get in turn. we constantly need to work on ourselves to be better, faster stronger, physically, emotionally, mentally, financially, religiously. failure to self-realize becomes a subject for anxiety. but hey you are responsible for that too. with great power usually, comes the responsibility of what to do with it.

“the old power of death that symbolized sovereign power was now carefully supplanted by the administration of bodies and the calculated management of bodies” (Foucault, 1980, p.139)

this new form of power seems to come with the underpinnings of Jeremy Bentham’s Panopticon designed to allow all inmates of an institution to be observed by a single watchman without the inmates being able to tell whether or not they are being watched. Although it is physically impossible for the single watchman to observe all cells at once, the fact that the inmates cannot know when they are being watched means that all inmates must act as though they are watched at all times, effectively controlling their own behavior constantly. The name is also a reference to Panoptes from Greek mythology; he was a giant with a hundred eyes and thus was known to be a very effective watchman

we become our own watchdog. we watch each other. we watch ourself.


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