Charlie Bertsch (cbertsch) wrote,
Charlie Bertsch

Within and Without

Discussing her interactions with the medical establishment just now, Kim commented that, "They'll listen to me because I know how to speak with authority." I'd never noticed the double meaning in that expression before. In order to speak with authority, you have to speak with authority. I like the symmetry that implies. It functions much like the one invoked by the word "subject," as famously remarked by the French thinkers Jacques Lacan and Louis Althusser: the subject of a sentence is subject to the sentence.
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