I am currently in the process of (re)writing my second book.
In the first, I laid out in broad strokes what ‘subverting’ the norm might look like theoretically.
As expected, the overwhelming pushback I received was the ‘how’.
Thus I have set out to deal with this question.
Of course, to be honest, I, as most others, have no idea how to answer this question.
In other words, the New is just as impenetrable for me as the most outspoken academics of our time.
However, that said, I do have some ‘answers’.
To begin to formulate such answers, we must first ask the question: What do the powers claim to ‘establish’?
This question is paramount.—Why?
Foremost, it is important to remember, that, in order for the powers to retain power there must be an implicit altruistic motive.
In other words, the powers are powerful not simply because they are powerful (i.e. holding the most weapons, etc.), as this doesn’t work, for ‘the masses’ can at any point overthrow them.
The powers are powerful precisely because they claim to bring peace and justice.
The battle is thus ideological.
Therefore, as I am exploring in my current book, the key to undermining the powers (in Žižekian-like fashion) is demanding what they claim to proffer society.
To put it simply: to ‘subvert the norm’ is to take the discourse of power more seriously than the powers.
I.e. subverting the norm means radically accepting its ideological presuppositions.