Andre Wakefield


On his book The Disordered Police State: German Cameralism as Science and Practice

Cover Interview of November 12, 2009

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Many of our histories about state and science have been built on rotten foundations.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Though the living try to winnow meaning from the chaos of history, they often discover only themselves among the dead generations.”

On the second:

“It seems obvious now that a powerful mix of science, technology, discipline, and bureaucracy created our particular cocktail of modernity.  In fact, it seems so obvious that we routinely project this narrative back onto the past, displacing it onto histories where it does not belong.  This is how imagined pasts become justifications for the present.”