Two readings, a night and a morning apart:
1. The way that “monsters” (the monstrous, the abnormal) came under a politico-judicial scheme (or later, a “juridico-political” scheme).
2. A review of a book about how smuggling is increasing due to globalization, which the reviewer is skeptical about. Particularly the idea that borders are now transparent:
Similarly, all the hype over today’s international mobility must be taken with a grain of salt, if not the entire shaker. Before World War One, people who had the means were able to cross frontiers at will. Those who utter platitudes about today’s borderless world might try crossing the US-Mexico border during a trade dispute or drug alert. They will soon discover why it has been called the new Iron Curtain. All that has really happened is that borders which once had a fiscal (or conventional military) purpose now have more of a political one – for example, to interdict ‘criminals’ or ‘terrorists’.
So borders are still there, they are now (bio-)political rather than military, a biopolitics that winnows out the abnormal, the monstrous?