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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 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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Movement, Counter-paradigm chart (incomplete)

  Movement Years Reacting to Counter-paradigm Characteristics Wartime/post-war liberalism mid-1930s-late 1950s “Authoritarian Personality” “Democratic Personality” Multiculturalism, openness, participation Post-war avant-garde 1942-1960 Liberal corporatism Active experience Spontaneity, participation, self-organization, Eastern philosophy New Left 1960-1972 Liberalism corporatism, Marxist-Leninism Authentic experience Direct democracy, … 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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From Socialism to Neoliberalism: A Story of Capture (Part 2 of 2)

Kahn Goes to Washington, Rustin Goes to War Overall, 1972 proved to be a year of change on all fronts. Shachtman passed away and was eulogized by Kahn in the pages of Dissent. Henry Jackson lost the nomination to George McGovern … Continue reading

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