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But the uniqueness of the United States is that such assumptions form the virtually uncontested basis of the political culture and the culture of daily life as well. Moreover, they cut across the conventional divisions of left and right. As Michael Sandel (I 996a) has put it, such assumptions inform not only the economy but also the public philosophy by which we live and the conception of citizenship that informs our political debates. The central belief in such debates is that freedom con sists in our capacity to choose our ends for ourselves - exogenously as it were.
And allowed to conduct their dance' (Miller, 1 993: 223-4). Foucault's appeal in the United States rests partly on his affinity with a liberal individualist political culture that sees society and our fellow citizens only as constraint or coercion. In writing an allegory of endless domination, Foucault constructed a hymn to the pleasure of exercis ing power, and, paradoxically enough, a reverence toward the state of nature as a justification for cruel and murderous practices. 5 In short, in Foucault's Reflections on the Project of (American) Cultural Studies 19 rendition, power i s simply another name for culture, for the webs of signifi cance and meaning, in which the self is suspended, but that web is one of intrinsic cruelty.
The complex culture of a people and an adequate 18 Cultural Studies in Question understanding of its formation was exhausted by grasping one limited part of its formulation. Moreover, by discovering ideology in the texts of popular cul ture, by searching for it in the enacted ideas of the popular practices of everyday life - shopping, commodities, music, television and leisure - politi cal culture was reduced to the most managed and instrumental parts of life and the common-sense understandings of politics were completely evacu ated.