Brown's thesis, summarily put, is that modern-day walls are discredited markers of failing sovereignty. What is sovereignty? It is the revealed will of a political association to dispose of its own affairs. As that definition implies, it contains an irreducible element of the de facto. For Brown, sovereignty is now a ragged oriflamme, a willful but doomed exercise in self-persuasion.
(Glen Newey London Review of Books
About the Author
Wendy Brown is Class of 1936 First Chair of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, where she is also affiliated with the Department of Rhetoric and the Critical Theory Program. She is the author, most recently, of Regulating Aversion: Tolerance in the Ageof Identity and Empire
, Edgework: Critical Essays on Knowledge and Politics
, and Politics Out of History