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Mass Culture and Terrorist Culture

By David Kishik: 1. The great fear of the nineteenth century was that amorphous blob called “the masses.” The masses were irrational, unpredictable, ungovernable, and extremely violent. From the construction of the wide boulevards in Paris to the castle-like armories across New York, the people in charge went out of their way to combat the […]

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Theses on the New European Fascism

An anticipatory paper of Paolo Virno: [excerpts] 1. At the turn of the century, European fascism is the twin brother, which is to say the terrifying “double,” of the most radical instances of freedom and community that arise in the crisis of the labor-based society. It is the malignant caricature of what men and women […]

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Giorgio Agamben: Política da profanação versus religião do consumo

Por Demétrio Cherobini: Em 1921, Walter Benjamin escreveu um breve artigo que viria a público somente após sua morte: O capitalismo como religião. Nele o filósofo acreditou ter decifrado três das principais características da sociedade capitalista de seu tempo, enquanto fenômeno intrinsecamente religioso. O capitalismo seria, em primeiro lugar, uma religião essencialmente cultual: o dinheiro, […]

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Planning Displacement: The Real Legacy of Major Sporting Events

By Libby Porter and others: [excerpt] (…) In the official narrative ordinary citizens are, quite literally, invisible and Porter explains how this comes about. First, state planners deal in abstractions. This is a world of legacy claims, eminent domain and Compulsory Purchase Inquiries, where displacements are framed as “disruptions” in planning applications. These stories remind […]

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Metropolis

By Giorgio Agamben: Many years ago I was having a conversation with Guy (Debord) which I believed to be about political philosophy, until at some point Guy interrupted me and said: ‘Look, I am not a philosopher, I am a strategist’. This statement struck me because I used to see him as a philosopher as […]

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THE ANTI-OLYMPICS (what happened in Vancouver)

By Jules Boykoff: Walking along east Hastings Street in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver one crisp January morning in 2010, I came across a perplexing set of white panels on the outer flank of the refurbished Woodward’s building. The panels featured an explosion of repudiation: stark, black-lettered phrases like ‘hell no’, ‘i said no’, ‘no […]

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Missing Biopolitics: Governance Vs. Governmentality in the Management of the Neighborhood Movement in Madrid

By Álvaro Sevilla Buitrago, 1. Introduction: Up to now, the term “governance” has been widely recognized and used to describe the new exercise of political authority in a context of interaction between political, economical and social actors, emphasizing the legitimation of policies through the achievement of “consensus by participation”. In the field of town planning, it […]

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On the Post-City

By Daniel Miller, Original post at Mute: I. City of Zombies: The film I Am Legend (2007) presented military scientist Robert Neville as the last man alive in an abandoned Manhattan. Working on a cure for a global zombie pandemic, he hasn’t seen another human for nearly three years. He drives around with his dog, […]

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Opportunities and Risks

By Manuel DeLanda: How do animals perceive their material environments? This question is intimately related to another one: what opportunities for action are supplied to an animal by its environment? The complementarity of the two questions points to the fact that when it comes to animal perception it is the interaction of organic bodies and […]

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Civic Governmentality: The Politics of Inclusion in Beirut and Mumbai

By Ananya Roy This article is concerned with the politics of inclusion. It analyzes the institutionalization of participatory citizenship as the formation of regimes of “civic governmentality”. Through the study of key civil society organizations such as SPARC and Hezbollah, it studies three dimensions of civic governmentality: an infrastructure of populist mediation; technologies of governing […]

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