Asia and the Road Ahead by Robert A. Scalapino

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Center and periphery are equivaIent. Conquerors are the moving, transient root of their people. \Test, therefore, is where this movement becomes fixed and nations de clare themselves in preparation for their repercussions in the world. This fixing, this declaration, this expansion, aIl require that the idea of the root gradually take on the intolerant sense that Deleuze and Guattari, no doubt, mean t to challenge. The reason for our return to this episode in Western history is that it spread throughout the world.

Just as the first uprooting was not marked by any defiance, in the Sénne way the prescience and actual experience of Relation have nothing to do with vanity. Peoples who have been to the abyss do not brag of being chosen. They do not believe they are giving birth to any modern force. They live Relation and clear the way for it, to the extent that the oblivion of the abyss cornes to them and that, consequently, their memory intensifies. For though this experience made you, O1iginal victim floating toward the sea's abysses, an exception, it became something shared and made us, the descendants, one people among others.

These solutions, precariously outlined as decisions, are still the prerogative of only a few, who, as a result, are lTlarginalized. InternaI exile is the voyage out of this enclosure. It is a motionless and exac- 19 erbated introduction to the thought of errantry. Most often it is diverted into partial, pleasurable compensations in which the individual is consumed. InternaI exile tends toward material comfôrt, which cannot l'eaUy distract fi"om anguish. Whereas exile may erode one's sense of identity, the thought of errantry-the thought of that which relates-usually reinforces this sense of identity.

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