Chantal Mouffe (via vagias)
The Senate will be voting on a bill that will direct American military resources not at an enemy shooting at our military in a war zone, but at American citizens and other civilians far from any battlefield — even people in the United States itself.
The Senate is going to vote on whether Congress will give this president—and every future president — the power to order the military to pick up and imprison without charge or trial civilians anywhere in the world.
Wherever the standard of freedom and independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will be America’s heart, her benedictions, and her prayers. But she goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. She will recommend the general cause by the countenance of her voice, and by the benignant sympathy of her example.
—John Quincy Adams, July 4, 1821.
The West’s tragedy of capital
Here’s a crash course on global finance 2.0. The debt is in the Atlanticist, wealthy North. The resources are in the global South. And the (reluctant) supreme banker of the last resort is the Middle Kingdom, as personified by the Almighty Hu (Jintao).
The name of the game - Marx revisited by Occupy the World - is class struggle. It’s casino capitalism, aka finance turbo-neoliberalism, as practiced by a liquid modernity elite of one per cent, versus the have-a-little-something, have-nots and have-nothing, aka the 99 per cent.
There could not be a more graphic demonstration than last week’s Greek tragedy takeover of the Cannes debt festival of Slavoj Zizek’s thesis that the marriage of capitalism and democracy is over.
from the article: “Failure to approve the bill would force farmers to reforest about 70 million hectares (173 million acres) of land currently under coffee, oranges and other commodities”
I just got out of the shower and put on NDTV and apparently Gadhafi’s dead?
And this is how you accomplish a State of justice, freedom and democracy, kids: by killing whoever you disagree with, not bringing them to court, not holding them accountable, not examining whatever it is that you disagree with, not by following the law, but killing your “enemies” and doing to them EXACTLY WHAT THEY DID TO YOU in the first place.
That is what brings change to the world. Right? Right?