A C K N O W L E D G M E N T S
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he chapters of Democracy and Other Neoliberal Fantasies
as responses. Some were responses to specific invita-
tions. All were responses to the worsening political situation in
the United States under the regime of George W. Bush and his
global war of terror. I have substantially reworked the arguments
here since I first delivered or published them, and I am grateful
to those who took the time to respond to the early versions, to
question or provoke me, and to offer suggestions and oppor-
tunities. Early versions of the first two chapters were published in
Cultural Politics; the first appeared as ‘‘Communicative Capital-
ism: Circulation and the Foreclosure of Politics,’’ in volume 1,
number 1 (2005); the second appeared as ‘‘Enjoying Neoliberal-
ism,’’ in volume 4, number 1 (2008). Chapters 3 and 4 grew out of
articles published in Theory and Event: ‘‘The Democratic Dead-
lock,’’ from volume 10, number 4 (2008); and ‘‘Evil’s Political
Habitats,’’ from volume 8, number 2 (2005). The fifth chapter
reworks material from my contribution to Terrell Carver’s and
Samuel A. Chamber’s Judith Butler’s Precarious Politics (Rout-
ledge, 2008).
In writing this book, I have benefited from the work of nu-
merous people. I try to thank by name those who extended
invitations that enabled me to present and develop my ideas. Yet
I want also to acknowledge my appreciation of the work of those
who arranged flights and hotels, offices and meals, receptions
and translators, but remain unnamed, behind the scenes. Thanks
to Gonzalo Portocarrero for the opportunity to deliver a series of
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