October 1, 2015

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“The Autonomy Of The Law Is Not Inconsistent With Tyranny:” Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin, David Graeber

“Tyranny- defined as the exercise of state power in the private interest.”
Graeber, David: Toward An Anthropological Theory of Value. New York: Palsgrave 2001

pp102

“…the autonomy of the law, which is necessary to its legitimacy, is not inconsistent with serving the needs of political and economic power.”

Dezalay and Garth, Dealing In Virtue, pp98. Cited in Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin: The Making Of Global Capitalism: The Political Economy Of American Empire, London, Verso 2012.

Both books are excellent.

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October 27, 2014

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“Technology, Like The Market, Has No Limits Or Morality.” Thomas Piketty

The principle lesson… is surely that there is no natural force that inevitably reduces the importance of capital (more…)

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September 5, 2014

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The Lie of Executive Pay For Merit: Tomas Pikkety

“The most convincing proof of the failure of corporate governance (more…)

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November 21, 2011

“Occupy Wall Street” Founding Statement:

“As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. (more…)

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February 23, 2011

The Obama Administration Is At The Charity Of The Powers That Be:” Jonathan Schell

“The Obama administration exhibited its overall signature flaw in caricature: It is embedded with (let’s say this straight: in bed with) the powers that be. Well meaning, it begins by taking those powers –the commanding heights of society- as given, immovable. Then it starts to bargain. (On healthcare, it begins with Big Pharma, o finance with Wall Street, on war with the top generals –above all David Petrraeus.) Then when the administration is duly handed its half- or quarter-loaf – the stripped-down healthcare plan, the eviscerated financial regulations, the soft date for withdrawal from Afghanistan bought with the surge in troop levels- it’s at the charity of these powers.”

Jonathan Schell. The Revolutionary Moment. In The Nation, 21 February 2011

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November 26, 2010

“Choose From A Selection Of Lavishly Advertised And Colorfully Marketed Candidates:” John Michael Greer.

“[M]ost people in North America made the consumer economy their model for political participation. A consumer’s role in the economic process (more…)

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October 3, 2010

“Since The Problem Could Not Be Solved By Scientific Methods, It Has Not Been Solved At All:” John Michael Greer

“The forces that will take the lead in the opening phases of the deindustrial age will be political, cultural and psychological, not scientific. (more…)

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