By Michel Senellart, François Ewald, Alessandro Fontana (eds.)
Foucault maintains at the topic of his 1978 direction via targeting the examine of liberal and neo-liberal kinds of govt and concentrating specifically on different types of neo-liberalism: German post-war liberalism and the liberalism of the Chicago School.
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Extra resources for The Birth of Biopolitics: Lectures at the Collège de France, 1978–1979
Thus, questioning the objectives, ways, and means of an enlightened and so self-limited government can give rise to the right to property, to possible means of subsistence, to work, etcetera. —Or, questioning the basic rights, asserting them all and at once. And, on this basis, only allowing a government to be formed on condition that its self-regulation reproduces all of them. Method [crossed out: revolutionary] of governmental subordination. [p. 29] Liberal practice adopts the method of the necessary and sufficient juridical remainder.
Walpole said: “quieta non movere” (“let sleeping dogs lie”). This is no doubt a counsel of prudence, and we are still in the realm of the wisdom of the prince, that is to say: When the people are peaceful, when they are not agitating and there is no discontent or revolt, stay calm. So, wisdom of the prince. I think he said this around the 1740s. In 1751 an anonymous article appeared in the Journal économique. It was in fact written by the marquis d’Argenson,13 who, had just given up his official activities.
Not, however, as obedient or intractable subjects, but insofar as they are themselves linked to this economic naturalness, insofar as their longevity, health, and ways of conducting themselves have complex and tangled relationships with these economic processes. With the emergence of political economy, with the introduction of the restrictive principle in governmental practice itself, an important substitution, or doubling rather, is carried out, since the subjects of right on which political sovereignty is exercised appear as a population that a government must manage.
The Birth of Biopolitics: Lectures at the Collège de France, 1978–1979 by Michel Senellart, François Ewald, Alessandro Fontana (eds.)