As soon as the nation begins to form as a sovereign state, its progressive functions all but vanish. Jean Genet was enchanted by the revolutionary desire of the Black Panthers and the Palestinians, but he recognized that becoming a sovereign nation would be the end of their revolutionary qualities. “The day the Palestinians are institutionalized,” he said, “I will no longer be at their side. The day Palestinians become a nation like any other nation, I will no longer be there.” With national “liberation” and the construction of the nation-state, all of the oppressive functions of modern sovereignty inevitably blossom in full force.
- Hardt and Negri (2001) Empire, p 109Filed Under no-state solution, palestine, QuiQui