reply to post by cloudyday
This is a great find karl 12! Thanks, I love it! I'm witting a book about this stuff....
Can somebody post a summary?
You got it! I'll give it a try. It really is a lot of words.
Traditional sources of power on Earth have always existed within a human cultural framework. "Anthropocentric [or human-centered] sovereignty seems
necessary; after all, who else, besides humans, might rule?" Alien entities fundamentally violate this framework, AND these entities would be
tremendously more powerful than us... Thus, why should States explore or legitimize a phenomena that challenges their earthly power? So even though
our whole culture "knows about UFO," the culture generally doesn't confirm their likely ET-ness.
UFOs simply expose the limits of human power, and thus governments will refuse to acknowledge them; the "reason, we argue, lies in the triple threat
that the UFO poses to modern rule, at once physical [technological], ontological [hierarchical], and metaphysical [spiritual]." As, "the UFO calls
into question the state’s claim to protect its citizens, which it would be unwilling to admit. Because the threat is so grave, the only rational
response is to ignore the UFO"
...But more so, the UFO threat is different than the physical threat because "the challenge it poses to the metaphysics of modern sovereignty, which
are fundamentally anthropocentric [a human centered view]...before modern states can deal with threats to their physical and ontological security,
they must first secure this metaphysic" problem. Modern "governmentality usually proceeds by making objects visible so they can be known and
regularized, which in the UFO case would be self-subverting" to another entity.
THE SHORT: "From the standpoint of modern rule, therefore, the threat of the UFO is not unlike that of the Christian’s Second Coming, a potential
materialization of the metaphysical. ...UFO skepticism is akin to denial in psychoanalysis: the sovereign represses the UFO out of fear of what it
would reveal about itself," such as our tremendous limits! "There is therefore nothing for the sovereign to do but turn away its gaze from and
ignore the UFO, and making no decision about it at all."