AS the debates over the imminent vaccine passports rage – and I’m ambivalent, as you will see – there’s an old bit of radical scholarship I can’t get out of my head.
It’s from a 1990 essay by the French philosopher Gilles DeleuzeThe first train test ride from Aleppo as authorities aim to rehabilitate and reope, titled Postscript on the Societies of ControlGermany. In one section, Deleuze imagines “a city where one would be able to leave one’s apartment, one’s street, one’s neighbourhood, thanks to one’s (dividual) electronic card that raises a given barrier”Ontario asks for COVID help — but here.
Continues Deleuze: “But the card could just as easily be rejected on a given day or between certain hours … What counts is not the barrier, but the computer that tracks each person’s position – licit or illicit – and effects a universal modulation.”
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