foucault chomsky debate

The real political task in a society such as ours is to criticize the workings of institutions that appear to be both neutral and independent, to criticize and attack them in such a manner that the political violence that has always exercised itself obscurely through them will be unmasked, so that one can fight against them.
—  ― Michel Foucault, The Chomsky - Foucault Debate: On Human Nature
Your question is: why am I so interested in politics? But if I were to answer you very simply, I would say this: why shouldn’t I be interested? That is to say, what blindness, what deafness, what density of ideology would have to weigh me down to prevent me from being interested in what is probably the most crucial subject to our existence, that is to say the society in which we live, the economic relations within which it functions, and the system of power which defines the regular forms and the regular permissions and prohibitions of our conduct… Not to be interested in politics, that’s what constitutes a problem. So instead of asking me, you should ask someone who is not interested in politics and then your question will be well-founded, and you would have the right to say, ‘Why, damn it, are you not interested?’
—  Michel Foucault, “Human Nature: Justice vs. Power” from The Chomsky-Foucault Debate On Human Nature (via dw-miller)