The Advantages of Isolation: War on Terror and European Refugee Debate
That way the semiotics of war on terror became a part of larger discourse, in which the community is shown as a fortress under siege. I will try to draw connections between these occurrences and an observation made by Fredric Jameson several years ago, that in times of late capitalism the middle classes of affluent societies are more and more perceiving themselves figuratively as closed in a fortress encircled by hostile surroundings.
I will further argue, that in times of late capitalism, certain (representational) 'politics of isolation' became necessary structural counterpart of global situation of multidimensional and disorganized conflicts: it provides a comfortable mapping tool and excuse for inaction at the same time.
Furthermore, I want to observe, that discourse of isolation in face of uncertainty is not produced only at the level of nationwide politics. The isolation of individual, constantly under threat in face of growing uncertainty, finds its reinforcement and justification in discourse of entrepreneurial self. Discourse of community under siege is an allegorical equivalent of the latter on the national level.