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This is Actually Happening

By Escalate (collective of writers and activists from around the University of London) – January 2011 – Introduction: The delusional cries in the media that our protests are hijacked by trouble-makers are indicative of how complete our alienation is. The unspoken belief is that all disorder and disobedience must originate outside of normal society, as […]

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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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Mucho ciberactivismo… pocos votos: Antanas Mockus y el Partido Verde colombiano

Por Omár Rincon: [ABSTRACT] El ex-alcalde de Bogotá Antanas Mockus y su «ola verde» constituyeron un auténtico caso de ciberactivismo en la campaña presidencial colombiana de 2010. Una ilusión democrática creada en internet convocó a jóvenes y ciudadanos sofisticados a cambiar un país sobre la base de la promesa de legalidad, pero la historia terminó […]

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Tensions of Citizenship

By Be Young and Shut up: In the much debated discourse over the consequences of economic globalization and the pervasive constructs of neoliberal governmentality that is seemingly creeping into every imaginable space of the world today, it appears that the contested frameworks of citizenship and the democratic principles it assumes have once again come into […]

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The expropriation of time

By Robert Kurz: After the fall of the utopia of labor, the utopia of free time has also failed in a society that has transformed leisure into the accelerated consumption of commodities.  The last few years have witnessed the disgusting birth of a literature on the category of time. Radio programs and plays, academic seminars […]

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Focopolítica y Gubernamentalidad Neoliberal, las políticas sociales

Por Sonia Alvarez Leguizamón: El nuevo arte de gobernar, de la gubernamentalidad neoliberal, está constituido por una nueva tecnologia de gobierno que conforma una “nueva economía”, basada en el ahorro de energía del Estado caracterizada por el marcaje de poblaciones de riesgo. Tiene como preocupación la gestiõn, control y producción de saberes especializados sobre esas […]

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Gross Social Happiness

By Maria Wölflingseder: The new magic formula against poverty, unemployment and all other grievous dislocations is: “Invest in Social Capital. Enjoy immediate profit, the personal surplus value of voluntary activity. You, dear entrepreneur, create social and ecological surplus value.” Sociology has discovered “social capital” as a wonder cure. People with an intact social network, many […]

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Council housing isn’t welfare

By John Perry: As part of the authoritarian crackdown following last week’s riots, David Cameron announced on Friday that rioters should be evicted from their council houses – even though the only thing that we know for sure about the connection between riots and where people live is that some of the disturbances happened in […]

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Unelected Oligarchy:

Corporate and Financial Dominance in Britain’s Democracy By David Beetham ( Democratic Audit):  [“What we call democracy is in fact a compromise between the power of the vote and the power of business, with government negotiating the interface between the two.”] – This democratic audit of the UK takes place in the aftermath of the […]

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¿Profesionales de la educación, o sólo empleados?

Por Manuel Pérez Rocha: [La Jornada] Muchas de las reformas y acciones que se están poniendo en marcha en el sector educativo, principalmente en la SEP, pero no sólo ahí, alejan cada vez más la posibilidad de que el magisterio se constituya en comunidades colegiadas de profesionales de la educación, condición sin la cual la […]

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Rosario: la experiencia política de la ciudad-empresa

By Emiliano Sacchi: * We try to understand the “form of government” of the city, but shifting the accent from a classical perspective (legal and political) toward a perspective focused on political practices and their own specifics rationalities, understanding urban governance as political technology [subjectification process establishing our political experience of the city boundaries]. * […]

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Minimum Feasible Participation: The Politics of ‘Rationality’

By Jamie Stern-Weiner: In early twentieth century America many thinkers perceived and reacted to a shift towards judgement by experts, an apparent realisation of an influential tradition in political thought that has conceived of political judgement as a technical skill. Some, like Walter Lippmann, championed “dependence on those who know” as a necessary adaptation to […]

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Participatory Decision Making: A Field Experiment on Manipulating the Votes

By Paolo Spada and James Raymond Vreeland: Many believe that deliberative democracy, where individuals discuss alternatives before voting on them, should result in collectively superior outcomes because voters become better informed and decisions are justified using reason. These deliberations typically involve a moderator, however, whose role has been under-examined. We conduct a field experiment to […]

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Education Reform – the Fix is In

The Realignment Project: In any other area of public policy where we see rich hedge-funders providing government agencies with private funds with strings attached, demanding control over choice of administrators and direction of public policy (such as was the case with various foundations and the D.C schools), and financing the opponents of elected officials who […]

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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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