The New Caledonian referenda and the strategies of diverting political power into violence

This contribution discusses the circular process that has the effect of disfranchising an identity group by endorsing a paradigm of unity. Under a veneer of normativity the process hides, it would be argued, a series of precarious constitutional assumptions which steer institutional and judicial narratives into a self-referential loop that denies the contextual reasons which justify the normative existence of democracy as a model of governance.
The effect of self-referential use of power on individuals is well covered by critical literature. Benjamin’s analysis on the German word ‘staatliche Gewalt’ is perhaps the best known example of the sophistic circularity of administrative or judicial activities. In the case of Benjamin, it was an attempt at justifying his decision to avoid conscription. However, the circularity of the process in which institutions set the limits of ‘proper’ and then adopt obscene methods to achieve such equanimity has also an effect on groups