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How the Global Elite Benefit from War of the Poor Against the Poor

“When the poor lock horns with the poor, the rich have every reason to rub their hands with glee.

It is not just that the danger of them turning on those responsible for their suffering will be averted indefinitely, as it has been in the past whenever the principle of ‘divide and rule’ has been cleverly and effectively implemented;

today there are new reasons to rejoice, specific to our times, conditioned as they are by the new character of the global power setting.

Global powers today use a strategy of distance and non-engagement, made possible by the speed with which they are able to move, slipping effortlessly and without warning out of the grasp of local authorities, easily escaping even the densest of net, leaving to the warring native tribes the ungrateful task of toiling for a truce, healing wounds and clearing the rubble.” Bauman 2011, 42, 43

"The ease of movement of the elite in the planetary ‘space of flows’ … depends to a great extent on the inability or unwillingness of the ‘natives’ … to act with solidarity.

The more discordant their relationships and the more dispersed the natives,

the more numerous and slimmer their warring factions,

the more passion they invest in in fighting their equally weak opponents from the neighbourhood,

the smaller is the chance that they will ever bring themselves to unite and close ranks.” Bauman 2011, 43

SOURCE: Zygmunt Bauman. 2011. Culture in a Liquid Modern World.

The Decline of The Courage of Intellectuals

"… Courage, however, is a quality which intellectuals, once known for their bravura, or downright heroic fearlessness, have lost in their dash for new roles and ‘niches’ as experts, academic gurus and media celebrities."

Zygmunt Bauman.2011. Culture in a Liquid Modern World. Pg, 49, 50

theatlantic:

Pope Francis’s Theory of Economics

It would make for some pretty amazing headlines if Pope Francis turned out to be a Marxist.
Between his hints at rehabilitating liberation theology—condemned by his predecessors—and talk about casting off “the economic and social structures that enslave us,” Marxism isn’t totally out of the question.
But happily for nervous church leaders, Francis’s first Apostolic Exhortation, issued Tuesday, doesn’t quite suggest someone who would get “Marx” in an Internet-style “Which Economic Theorist Are You?” quiz. Granted, he wouldn’t exactly get Friedrich von Hayek or Ayn Rand, either.
But you know whom he might plausibly be matched with, though? A favorite political economist of anti-free market academics: Karl Polanyi.
Read more. [Image: Reuters/Giampiero Sposito/Wikimedia Commons]

theatlantic:

Pope Francis’s Theory of Economics

It would make for some pretty amazing headlines if Pope Francis turned out to be a Marxist.

Between his hints at rehabilitating liberation theology—condemned by his predecessors—and talk about casting off “the economic and social structures that enslave us,” Marxism isn’t totally out of the question.

But happily for nervous church leaders, Francis’s first Apostolic Exhortation, issued Tuesday, doesn’t quite suggest someone who would get “Marx” in an Internet-style “Which Economic Theorist Are You?” quiz. Granted, he wouldn’t exactly get Friedrich von Hayek or Ayn Rand, either.

But you know whom he might plausibly be matched with, though? A favorite political economist of anti-free market academics: Karl Polanyi.

Read more. [Image: Reuters/Giampiero Sposito/Wikimedia Commons]

… one of the central tenets of postmodern philosophies is that

nothing can be proven,

everything is open to argument,

everything is more a truth claim than a stable argument.

—Charles Lemert. 2005. Postmodernism Is Not What You Think. Pg. 31

Colonialism, Capitalism, and Modernity

“But the truth of modernity’s knowledge of social things is, as most claims to truth are, lodged in a particular set of structural circumstances.” 

“The social circumstance that allowed classical modern culture to arise in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries was (after Wallerstein) the modern world-system

based on the colonizing adventures of the long sixteenth century

that quickly formed itself into the world slave trade triangle

that generated the surplus of capital in the European Diaspora that led to the capitalism that required a culture that would serve its interests.” 


“The interests of capitalism as a world-system for the extraction of surplus value on the basis of stolen resources and impoverished cheap labor required a culture that would make that world appear seamlessly honorable and morally proper.”

Source: Charles Lemert. 2005. Postmodernism is Not What You Think: Why Globalization Threatens Modernity. Pg. xii

Here is the latest version (3-10-14) of the White Boys on My Team beat we have been working on. The sample comes from Gilbere Forte’s track Pray from his 2013 Album Pray. The original production is done by Raak.

Drake ~ Draft Day by octobersveryown

The growing emphasis on notions of the ‘competitive state’ and the associated emphasis on markets

have brought into question the foundations of the welfare state broadly understood,

that is,

that the state bears responsibility for the basic well-being of it’s citizens,

and the state’s utility function is to be distinguished from that of firms.

—Saskia Sassen. 2008. Territory, Authority, and Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages.

The Napoleonic failure to unite Europe under the French flag was a clear indication that conquest by a nation led either to a full awakening of the conquered people’s national consciousness and the consequent rebellion against the conqueror, or to Tyranny.

And though tyranny, because it needs no consent, may successfully rule over foreign peoples, it can stay in power only if it destroys first of all the national institutions of its own people.

—Hannah Arendt - The Origins if Totalitarianism