The theory of encryption of power understands that there is only a world where difference exists as the fundamental and sole order, but also that such a possibility is heavily obstructed by the concentration of power in forms of oppression. The world hangs on the thread of this entangled reality, made up of difference and its denial, of democracy and its simulations, of truth and its codifications. The decryption of power is then, above all, a theory of justice essential to radical democracy, which comes fully-equipped to prevail over the conditions that deny the possibility of an egalitarian world.
One of the most problematic aspects of critique these days is a fantasy about politics without power. This collection of powerful essays tackles the issue head on. What does it mean for progressive forces and the left to be in power? Power is not some ready-at-hand thing, a mere tool which can be wielded one way or another by progressives and reactionaries. Power institutions not only have a language of their own, but also a code. To participate in them is to engage with both. But if the left is to be in power, as it must, then it must also be ready to hack current institutional technologies, decrypt their code, and harness their performative force in new ceremonials and utopian technologies. Sanín-Restrepo has gifted us with the concepts to do so.