Tag Archives: Cold War

Into the Mystic: Capitalism and the Structuralization of Spirituality

In his fantastic book The Closed World: Computers and the Politics of Discourse in Cold War America, Paul N. Edwards forwards a quasi-literary reading of the way power and subjectivity operate in the age of the computer, focusing primarily on … Continue reading

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Bringing Democracy to Nicaragua (Part 2 of 2)

More from the archives, part one here. The End of Enterprise In December of 1982, a group of 70 departed from the Nicaraguan town of Esteli to take part in the annual coffee harvest. Among the group was Felipe Barreda, … Continue reading

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Bringing Democracy to Nicaragua (Part 1 of 2)

Another set of text fragments from one the deep archives…. The Unmaking of a Country The actions in Chile had helped signal the most important development at the end of the Cold War – the triumph of the transnational moderate … Continue reading

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“The sage speaks of what he sees”: War Games and the New Spirit of Capitalism

Technological Ideologues “At the end of the twentieth century, the long predicted convergence of the media, computing and telecommunications into hypermedia is finally happening,” wrote Richard Barbrook and Andy Cameron in 1995. “Once again, capitalism’s relentless drive to diversify and … Continue reading

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Reading Notes from S.M. Amadae’s “Rationalizing Democracy”

Introduction “…recounts the defeat of Marxism by rational choice liberalism: a philosophy of markets and democracies that was developed in part to anchor the foundations of American society during the Cold War.” (pgs. 2-3) RC has persisted past the Cold War … Continue reading

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A Counter-History of the California Ideology

From California, Wired magazine has achieved global notoriety through its claims that the Net will create the sort of free market capitalism until now only found in neo-classical economics text books. Everyone will be able to buy and sell in … Continue reading

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