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The Uses and Abuses of Global Civil Society

Yesterday dmf linked an article here titled “Internet privacy, funded by spooks”, which advances the argument that through a series of intermediary organizations, federal money has been subsidizing the creation of whistleblower technologies and privacy tools like Tor and Open … 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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Santa Fe Goes to War

In February 2011, a remarkable meeting took place at the Santa Fe Institute (SFI) in Santa Fe, New Mexico. SFI, one of the world’s preeminent academic and research institutions, has pioneered the use of concepts developed in studying complex adaptive … Continue reading

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The Swarmachine: A Historical Puzzle (Part 1)

The Colors of Revolution As the Cold War came to an end, undoing the critical strategic worldwide gridlock fueled by the competition between the United States and the Soviet Union, globalization took off, accelerating the flows of capital, technology, and … Continue reading

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Resistance/Control: Vanguard Capitalism for Transnational Dissent

The following is a file from the archives, fragments from a long-since jettisoned text that had proven itself unwieldy in articulation and in dire need of critical reconsideration in its theoretical approach. That said, I’ve dusted it off and posted … Continue reading

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Between the Transnational Capitalist Class and Global Civil Society: The Structures of Imperial Protocol

In several past posts, I’ve looked at different ways in which Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri’s hypothesis of Empire, the current transnational order, is composed and operates through its various methodologies and influences. In one of these, Life in the … Continue reading

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