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I one were to represent the subversion of society schematical- ly, the words oppressors and oppressed do not designate the totality of the oppressors and oppressed which by necessity, corresponds to the soclal totality but only to those oppressors or oppressed for whom each Imposed oppression Is not compensated for, in principle, by an equiva- lent oppression undergone—and vice versa.
Inthe final analysis, oppressors must be reduced to sovereign- ty In Its individual form: on the contrary, the oppressed are formed out of the amorphous and Immense mass of the wretched population. But the Imperative forces do not exercise their coercive action directly on the oppressed: they content themselves with excluding them by prohibiting any contact.
The splendor of sovereignty Is merely the consequence of the movernent of aversion which elevates It above the Impure human mass. The deep rip which opposes the various aspects of existence Is further revealed in the ambiguly of the word miserable. The word miserable which at frst evoked pity has now become a synonym for abject: Ithas stopped hypoerktically soliciting pity for cynically demanding aversion. This last word expresses an anger shattered by disgust and reduced to mute horror: it implies an attitude ruled by feelings of cistress or excessive grandeur whose sadness Is associated with a wider human value.
All the same, in principle, no positive attitude nor any active leaning justifies the exclu- sion which ejects the victims of misery outside the moral com- munity.
In other words, misery does not engage the will and dis: gusts of both those who exper fence it and those wito avoid It: it Is lived exclusively as impotence and does not leave any possibilty of affirmation whatsoever.
Filth, snot and vermin are enough to render an infant vile; his personal nature is not responsible frit, only the negligence or help- lessness of those raising it. General abjection is of the seme nature as.
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