The Ethic of Terror

Jacques Lezra

in Wild Materialism

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780823232352
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235889 | DOI:
The Ethic of Terror

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This chapter shows how terror can be distinguished from terrorism. The chapter opens by analyzing the persistence and function of organic models of association in the work of Slavoj žižek and then proposes an alternative account based on a close analysis of the discursive construction of one of the best-known acts of targeted terrorism of the twentieth century, the assassination by ETA in 1973 of the Spanish president, Admiral Luis Carrero Blanco. The complex of accounts constructs the event of the assassination according to a logic that confirms the organic conception of the state promoted by the Spanish Falange under Francisco Franco, furnishes an instrumental, heroic counternarrative still loosely expressed in the Falange's conceptual lexicon, and also, simultaneously, describes a remarkable domain of objectless anxiety—of terror—on which a concept of an-organic sociality can be imagined.

Keywords: terror; terrorism; Slavoj Žižek; assassination; Admiral Luis Carrero Blanco; Falange; Francisco Franco

Chapter.  11752 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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