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Lao flag hammer and sickle Kaison Phomvihane bust Sekong Museum Lao PDR

Chapter 9: Conclusion

This concluding chapter reflects on projects: one’s life as a project, revolution as a project, and statefcraft as a project, the project of anthropology and psychoanalytic projection. I understand these as encasing different kinds of temporalities that can seem at odds (the Eternal Return as opposed to Progress) but which can also come together in a single person or outlook.

In socialist sentiment, the Golden Age is reinstalled not as a lost past but is imagined in a future.

Projectland, Chapter 9