Federalism (in One Person): An Exercise of Institutional Fantasy for Contemporary Europe

  • Abstract:

    Every critical theory is a mixture of diagnosis and therapeutic proposal; it’s not an opposition, rather something more nuanced: to find and trace, in the trends of the given situation, the progressive forces and potentials, and design institutional and political frameworks adequate to these forces. We need to start over the critical mechanism and shape a radically new form of critical theory, trying to invent unprecedented forms of political institutions. My proposal is a sort of hyper-federalism: a territorial and overlapping federalism – perfectly described by Dardot and Laval -, plus an “internal” and personal federalism, adequate to the foamy (Sloterdijk) contemporary panorama. To save space, I will focus now only on the second kind of federalism.