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Foucault’s job interview

“The judges of normality are present everywhere. We are in the society of the teacher-judge, the doctor-judge, the educator-judge, the social worker-judge; it is on them that the universal reign of the normative is based; and each individual, wherever he may find himself, subjects to it his body, his gestures, his behavior, his aptitudes, his achievements.”

In the year 1950, it was another day in Paris and Foucault was still unemployed. Foucault still had a set of hair at that time, and a sense of purpose. He also had a job interview at an NGO. Foucault was known to have a passion for social issues, drugs, and not starving to death. He was a rising philosopher at that time; in other words, he was on the edge of the poverty line. Anyway, this is how the interview went with Foucault:

Inter: Tell me why do you want to work here?
Fouc: Tell me why I shouldn’t.
Inter: mmm confident too
Fouc: Where there is power, there is resistance.
Inter: Are you trying to pick a fight or get a job?
Fouc: Well that’s an intriguing question. In both cases, there is no escaping from power.
Inter: You’re really bad at interviews you know that?
Fouc: That’s maybe because: where there is power, there is resistance.
Inter: What was your last job?
Fouc: I act in shampoo commercials sometimes.
Inter: Hmm no wonder
Fouc: I’m also a philosopher but that’s not really a job.
Inter: Can you tell me about your weaknesses? Other than being bad at job interviews
Fouc: I’m bad at skiing too, I’m also bad at cooking and taking care of plants to name a few. I even killed a Bonsai tree last week.
Inter: Hmm tell me more about your weaknesses
Fouc: Sometimes, if I don’t take drugs my mind stops working all of a sudden; but that doesn’t happen every day. Or at least it doesn’t happen on Sundays since I’m always high on Sundays.
Inter: Interesting, have you ever considered going to therapy?
Fouc: Yes, I have suicidal tendencies and a bad liver
Inter: And do you have a broken heart too?
Fouc: Well sometimes I have troubles breathing but I think that’s just drug related
Inter: Great, anyway we’ll call you back.
Fouc: It’s amazing how people like judging! The judges of normality are present everywhere. We are in the society of the teacher-judge, the doctor-judge, the educator-judge, the social worker-judge; it is on them that the universal reign of the normative is based.
Inter: Ok please stop talking and get out of my office now
Fouc: Where there is power, there is resistance.

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