In other words, it is Sacrifice that organizes and makes democracy possible. And considering that there will always be those who benefit more/less than others (since "value benefit" can hardly be exact even in distribution), the democratic system is one that builds individuals as sovereigns yet "undermines their very experience of sovereignty". There is an inherent powerlessness that belies every individual's "sovereignty". By extension this means that historical contexts (though as David Foster Wallace has pointed out somewhere else, what an unworthy term, "historical contexts") enable certain societal strata to always have a leg up. The ones who "sacrifice" will be, more often than not, the dispossessed and disempowered.
But who are the victims in our system today? Who are the ones who "sacrifice", so to speak, so that most of the rest of us can live middle-class lives and go home to electrical hob-cooked food and buy new consoles for our Xboxes when Amazon has a sale? How do we define "sacrifice"? Are the "victims" still those racially oppressed, however subtly? Or are they the poor who stay poor, or the homeless who should but don't qualify for benefits, or the factory workers who work twelve-hour shifts in third-world/developing countries?
More importantly : Are we all victims to some extent? And if we are, is it possible to willingly take on more "sacrifices" so that these others don't have to do it for us? And how? How do we do that?
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