Where am I?

Turns out other women in the area don’t have a problem getting their husbands a Christmas gift. Because they are getting a gun, a new scope for a gun, or a million other gewgaws for the blasted gun.

Book Notes: Wendy Brown’s Walled States, Waning Sovereignty

I like graduation ceremonies because they allow me to catch up on my reading. I haven’t read this whole book yet, so this isn’t a review but, rather, my notes on it until page 42, which is what I had time to read at the ceremony.

Brown doesn’t say anything earth-shatteringly new that we haven’t discussed on this blog many times before. She’s working in the tradition of Zygmunt Bauman and his analysis of the erosion of the nation-state. But she fills in the blanks very well, and I’m enjoying the book a lot.

Even though most people don’t articulate it, everybody feels that the concept of national sovereignty is falling apart. People are bothered by that, and understandably so, given that there is no institution, no system, and no political arrangement other than the nation-state that has any interest whatsoever in protecting people from the vagaries of fate and depredations of global capital. The growing support for walls, fences and all sorts of physical barriers between states, says Brown, arises from the popular discomfort with the destruction of national sovereignty. Contrary to the belief that border walls symbolize the great power of a nation, they testify to the exact opposite, namely, the erosion of this power.

I like this analysis because it goes a lot deeper than the usual “the only reason to support a border wall is racism” narrative. I don’t know if it goes deep enough for my liking because I’m only on page 42 but I’ll let you, folks, know.

Grumpy

I’m grumpy and sad because I had to suspend my fitness membership for a month (because I’ll be out of town). I’m forever traumatized by ten years of PT at school, and as a result I always hated anything athletic. This is the first time I’ve actually not hated working out and even noticed that I can now do things I couldn’t at the beginning. So I’ve grown attached. Plus, there is a group challenge going on, and I like the competitive edge. The program is like CrossFit for overweight middle-aged mom crowd. It’s perfect for me.