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Adorno: o cárcere conceitual do sujeito, o fetichismo político e a luta de classes

Por Sergio Tischler Visquerra [1]: “Para Adorno, a particularidade é a categoria crítica por excelência. Consiste no excedente do sistema, o qual pode ser entendido como crise da totalidade organizada como sistema. Desse modo, o centro da questão do sujeito em Adorno é radicalmente transferido à particularidade, o que deixa a totalidade positiva como o […]

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Still a Game of Thrones

O agonismo nas relações sociais do Partido, dos espaços públicos da sociedade civil e do sistema administrativo estatal: a experiência da Administração Popular em Porto Alegre . Por César Filomena: [Resumo] Esta é uma pesquisa que interpreta os movimentos que influenciaram as disputas pela montagem e pela condução política das quatro gestões coordenadas pelo Partido […]

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O que os Bitcoins revelam sobre o meio dinheiro

Por Claus Peter Ortlieb: Em última análise, o Bitcoin é dinheiro falso, que nem sequer faz um esforço para parecer dinheiro “verdadeiro”. No entanto, se ele consegue fazer carreira, se pode ser trocado facilmente por dólares ou euros, então provavelmente já não estará assim tão longe da moeda emitida pelos bancos centrais… BITTE EIN BITCOIN […]

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From welfare to poverty management…

Lena Lavinas: What is taking place—spurred on by the ‘success story’ of CCTS—is a downsizing of social protection in the name of the poor. Over the past six years these programmes have benefited from boom conditions, as surplus capital flooded into ‘emerging economies’ from the crisis-stricken advanced capitalist zones. Yet how they will weather a […]

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Da (Anti)Reforma Urbana brasileira a um novo ciclo de lutas nas cidades

Por Pedro Fiori Arantes: Nos países avançados, em que a crise econômica bateu mais forte e trilhões de dólares foram drenados do orçamento público para o sistema financeiro, o desemprego e o desalento dos jovens levaram às ruas e praças das grandes cidades indignados e occupies. Nos países árabes, foi o “basta!” (kifaya) às ditaduras […]

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Le grand bond en avant de la charité

Pour Monique Selim: – “Au « clochard » des années 50, au « marginal » des années 60-70, contre le « système », au chômeur des années 80-90, s’est désormais substituée l’image du pauvre « fou », bipolaire, psychotique et/ou schizophrène.” –  Dès les années 80, l’expression charity business fait son apparition pour désigner l’ampleur […]

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A financeirização da burocracia sindical no Brasil

Por Alvaro Bianchi e Ruy Braga: Desde a eleição de Lula da Silva, em 2002, a relação do sindicalismo brasileiro com o aparelho de Estado modificou-se radicalmente. Nunca é demais rememorar alguns fatos. Em primeiro lugar, a administração de Lula da Silva preencheu aproximadamente metade dos cargos superiores de direção e assessoramento – cerca de […]

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Citizens as Customers

Considerations on the New Politics of Consumption – By Wolfgang Streeck: [Excerpt] (…) [E]xpectations of what politics can do may have eroded too far, and the civic skills and organizational structures needed to develop effective public demand may have atrophied beyond redemption, while the political personnel themselves may have adapted entirely to specializing in the […]

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Capitalizing on Bare Life: Sovereignty, Exception, and Gender Politics

By Jennifer Fluri: [EXCERPT] The reduction of civilian lives (in conflict zones) to zoe may also be economized through death, such as the military collateralization of civilian bodies. Remittances paid to the families of civilians killed by US coalition forces exemplify the monetary value placed on death, in contrast to civilian life. This form of […]

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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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Financialisation and Social Policy

By Ben Fine, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London: “Recent developments in social policy under neo-liberalism have been driven by the requirements of, and responses to the dysfunctions of, financialisation. Whilst the current crisis has undermined the legitimacy of neo-liberalism, shifts in social policy will require a combination of greater resources and […]

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The Evolving Agenda of ‘Poverty Reduction’: from Structural Adjustment to Universal Competitiveness

By Paul Cammack: (Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ISA’s 50th ANNUAL CONVENTION “EXPLORING THE PAST, ANTICIPATING THE FUTURE”, New York Marriott Marquis, NEW YORK CITY, NY, USA – 2009-02-15) (…) I share Best’s conclusion that the “new turn to global ethics does not .. significantly challenge the current neo-liberal logic of contemporary global […]

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Shoot the citizen, save the customer: participatory budgeting and bare citizenship

By Sérgio Baierle “In this text we reasoned that the deconstruction of the popular-democratic project in Brazil opened space for the reemergence of the neoliberal project as a hegemonic act, meaning that it was based on active acquiescence. Articulated by the concept of good governance, this new version of the same concept, now in its […]

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Competitiveness, social justice, and the Third Way

Paul Cammack: This paper addresses two questions. How are social justice and competitivenessreconciled in Giddens’ Third Way? And what are the implications for the goal ofmaking capitalism work in the interests of consumers and in the long-terminterests of society? The argument put forward is that the Third Way reconciles competitiveness andsocial justice by redefining social […]

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What the World Bank Means by Poverty Reduction

Paul Cammack: [Manchester Metropolitan University] Critics of the World Bank have variously attributed its proclaimed commitment to poverty reduction to empty rhetoric, hypocrisy, incompetence, confusion, or overload in the absence of a coherent agenda. This article argues that the commitment is genuine, but that it is not a first order goal: poverty reduction is an […]

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