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Tous contre la finance ?

Par Anselm Jappe: Apparemment, les choses sont simples. La crise financière qui a éclaté en 2008, et qui est loin d’être terminée, a révélé le véritable visage du capitalisme contemporain : l’économie, et finalement la société tout entière, sont dominées par la haute finance. Les banques, les assurances et les fonds de placement n’investissent pas dans […]

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Civil Society and State-Building in Latin America

By Rebecca Abers and Margareth Keck: In this essay we will suggest that significant barriers to deepening democracy in much of Latin America include not just the weakness of civil society vis-à-vis the state, but also the weakness of the state itself vis-à-vis its public administrative, technical, and enforcement functions. This is not a recent […]

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De la critique du travail à l’abolition de la société marchande

Exposé de Norbert Trenkle (groupe Krisis), juin 2003: (…) La difficulté fondamentale d’un mouvement d’émancipation sociale réside dans le fait qu’il doit se former contre la logique objectivée de destruction et d’anéantissement de la crise fondamentale de la production marchande et du travail. C’est une situation historique fondamentalement différente de celle dans laquelle le plus grand mouvement social […]

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The catechism of the citizen: politics, law and religion in, after, with and against Rousseau

By Simon Crhichley: “(…) is politics conceivable without religion? The answer is obviously affirmative as the evidence of various secular political theories testifies. But is politics practicable without religion? That is the question. And that is the question that Rousseau’s thinking of politics faces. Can politics become effective as a way of shaping, motivating and […]

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A New Vision for the Summit of the Americas

By Jeffrey W. Rubin and Emma Sokoloff-Rubin “Today, once again, the idea of equitable development doesn’t seem radical, but rather makes common sense. And the potential for a hemispheric alliance is stronger than ever. Democracies in Latin America have already produced innovative strategies for tackling tough problems, from racial exclusion to urban poverty to migration, […]

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A big opportunity for Obama and Lula

By Jeffrey Rubin and Emma Sokoloff-Rubin “From the 1950s to the 1970s, the US government supported Latin American militaries as they ousted democratic governments and tortured opponents to silence dissent. In the 1980s, as Latin Americans reconstructed fragile democracies, US leaders encouraged the new governments to subscribe to the logic of unregulated markets. The result […]

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PURPLE PATCH: Democracy and the people

Eric Hobsbawm Daily Times – Pakistan November 24, 2008 Read it Excerpt: (…) it is now clear that the utopia of a stateless, global laissez-faire market will not arrive. Most of the world’s population, and certainly those under liberal-democratic regimes deserving of the name, will continue to live in operationally effective states, even though in […]

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Report on decentralization in Brazil

By Sérgio Baierle: This document is a report on the status of the political and territorial decentralization and local development in Brazil. Its basis is a former document written by Cidade for the II Cumbre Iberoamericana por la Descentralización del Estado y el Desarrollo Local, held in San Salvador from July 20 to July 22, […]

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