Asking things from Politics

What frightens us so much in collective action, the reason why we delight so much in despising it, is that we might see reflected in its distorted mirror our own grimacing faces. Are we not asking from the assembly something it cannot possibly deliver, so that talking positively of politics horrifies us because it’s our limitations that we are not prepared to accept?

– Page 29, Latour, B. & Weibel, P. eds., 2005. Making Things Public: Atmospheres of Democracy, Cambridge, Massachusetts: Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe & Massachusetts Institute of Technology.