What is important about the camp at Drancy is that it was heralded as a modernist urban structure, responding to the suburban sprawl from Paris. Designed by Lods and Beaudouinas, it was among the first of France’s high-rise apartments. It is not that this was a singularly unique misstep, that the building was turned away and co-opted from its ‘original’ function,  but rather that within modern city architecture, of which the high-rise is here the paradigm, precisely inheres a totalitarian logic. This was the logical fulfillment of industrial modernity. Every high-rise is a camp.


‘60,000 Reichsmark is what this person suffering from a hereditary defect costs the People’s Community during his lifetime. Fellow citizen, that is your money too. Read ‘A New People’, the monthly magazine of the Bureau for Race Politics of the NSDAP.’

This is the precise argument detractors of universal healthcare rehearse: ‘Why should I give up my hard-earned money in taxes to help that hopeless person?’ It is proprietary capitalism that leads logically to fascist totalitarianism.


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