In this chapter, I will discuss Agamben’s work through an analysis of one of his recurrent techniques: the genealogical interlacing of apparently antithetical concepts. I will examine this technique of Agamben’s in some detail, with particular reference to what it enables him to adopt from and reshape in the work of Michel Foucault. In doing so, I give some justifications for Agamben’s procedure in quite abstract philosophical terms, before showing how the challenges it raises are anything but abstract. I further show how this technique functions as a kind of motor for Agamben’s work, driving him to extend and revisit his own theses on biopolitics. I conclude with a remark on its recent redeployment in The Kingdom and the glory, where it enables a further rearticulation of familiar political oppositions, such as those between thought and action, power and glory, and repressive and ideological state apparatuses. Finally, I suggest that it is this intellectual operation of Agamben’s that gives us an orientation towards the challenges of radical politics today, as well as itself being a mode of pursuing such a politics.