The structure degenerates into
tyranny only when fundamental relationships between people become dependent on power.
I point out this critical difference because the term synecdoche so fully realizes Richter's work, as has been noted by Benjamin Buchloh, to whom Storr refers in his piece as being "unquestionably among Richter's most important critics." Without the concept of synecdoche, Richter's work degenerates into
a mindless display of forearm virtuosity.
And businessmen prefer to think of themselves as victims of political extortion, not as initiators of bribes," all the while "government degenerates into
a sea of iniquity." Amazingly, these words are not taken from current news columns on Russia, but from The Titan, Ron Chernov's biography of the oil magnate John D.
Likewise, his usually clear and effective writing degenerates into
such phrasing as "entrepreneurial enterprise" (97).
When he tries to break things off, their meeting degenerates into
a brawl in which he accidentally kills her husband.
Moreover, at a moment when criticism too frequently degenerates into
false polemics around the opposition between easy-on-the-eyes and intellectually engaging, Grant delivers sculptures that are both flat-out gorgeous and in their place and time quite astute.
Siekmann's exploration of Bakunin never degenerates into
didactic directions or pseudotheoretical digressions; rather the artist uses his sketches to communicate his own notion of utopia and his thoughts about a viable anarchistic society - a society of participants.