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He represents the necessity and failure of pragmatism in politics, and it is surely telling that even after his death his name is used almost totemically to recollect this fact, leaving us to conclude that only the idealistic is really ideal.
I mean to bring into representation these forms of citizenship structured in dominance, in scenes where adults act on behalf of the little girl form that represents totemically and fetishistically the unhumiliated citizen.
The items littering the ground--tools, foodstuffs, a toppled jug, a toy duck on wheels, a black bird--seem both carefully random and totemically strange.