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Monthly Archives: November 2009

Denial: The Liberal Utopia

by Slavoj Zizek from Lacan Dot Com I. Through the Glasses Darkly (revisited, enlarged and re-edited) John Carpenter’s They Live (1988), one of the neglected masterpieces of the Hollywood Left, is a true lesson in critique of ideology. It is the story of John Nada – Spanish for “nothing”! -, a homeless laborer who finds work on a [...]
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Climate change: this is the worst scientific scandal of our generation

by Christopher Booker from The Telegraph A week after my colleague James Delingpole , on his Telegraph blog, coined the term “Climategate” to describe the scandal revealed by the leaked emails from the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit, Google was showing that the word now appears across the internet more than nine million times. But [...]
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Some worthy downloads: Callinicos, Butler, Agamben and Latour

 
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Stealing Empire

Stealing Empire poses the question, “What possibilities for agency exist in the age of corporate globalisation?” Using the work of Antonio Negri and Michael Hardt as a point of entry, Adam Haupt delves into varied terrain to locate answers in this ground-breaking inquiry. He explores arguments about copyright via peer-to-peer (P2P) platforms such as Napster, [...]
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How to Save Journalism

by John Nichols & Robert W. McChesney from The Nation We will give you the good news first: the politicians and regulators who have it in their power to do something about the decline of American journalism are finally paying attention. Already this year, House and Senate hearings have investigated the crisis. And even as Congress focuses this [...]
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Google and the new digital future

by Robert Darnton from The New York Review of Books November 9 is one of those strange dates haunted by history. On November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall fell, signaling the collapse of the Soviet empire. The Nazis organized Kristallnacht on November 9, 1938, beginning their all-out campaign against Jews. On November 9, 1923, Hitler’s Beer Hall [...]
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Bacon agonistes

by John Richardson from The New York Review of Books To celebrate Francis Bacon’s centenary in 2009, Tate Britain mounted a retrospective exhibition that was subsequently shown at the Prado in Madrid and the Metropolitan Museum in New York. Bacon’s theater of cruelty was an enormous popular success at all of its venues, but especially in New [...]
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Slavoj Žižek extravaganza!

First as Tragedy, Then as Farce: The Double Death of Neoliberalism and the Idea of Communism This event was recorded on 25 November 2009 in Old Theatre, Old Building, The London School of Economics and Political Science Slavoj Zizek argues that the neoliberalism died twice: first as a political doctrine in the tragedy of the attacks of [...]
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Love and Truth: Václav Havel in Bratislava, Twenty Years After 1989

by Timothy Snyder from The New York Review of Books – Blog It can’t happen often that citizens of one country gather to honor someone who was the president of two other countries, all the while claiming him as their own. But so it was on November 18, 2009, twenty years after student protests in Prague that [...]
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Obama's Troubles

by George Packer from The New Yorker At every stop on my mini-book-tour for “Interesting Times: Writings from a Turbulent Decade,” someone asks a variation on the question of what’s gone wrong with Obama. Usually it’s asked in a tone of bewilderment verging on panic, as if the aircraft’s engines were shutting down one after another at [...]
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Žižek – BBC HARDTALK interview

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Midnight in Dostoevsky // by Don DeLillo

We were two sombre boys hunched in our coats, grim winter settling in. The college was at the edge of a small town way upstate, barely a town, maybe a hamlet, we said, or just a whistle stop, and we took walks all the time, getting out, going nowhere, low skies and bare trees, hardly [...]
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Slavoj Žižek – We’re only human: Ideology in Holywood today

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Blackwater's Secret War in Pakistan

by Jeremy Scahill from The Nation At a covert forward operating base run by the US Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) in the Pakistani port city of Karachi, members of an elite division of Blackwater are at the center of a secret program in which they plan targeted assassinations of suspected Taliban and Al Qaeda operatives, “snatch [...]
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The Guantánamo Lawyers—Six Questions for Mark Denbeaux and Jonathan Hafetz

by Scott Horton from Harper’s Seton Hall Law Professor Mark Denbeaux and Jonathan Hafetz of the ACLU are two of the leading members of the “Guantánamo Bar Association”—the group of private and military lawyers who have managed the defense of the dwindling number of prisoners at Gitmo. They have brought out The Guantánamo Lawyers, a collection of [...]
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When piracy isn't theft

by Alexandros Stavrakas from The Guardian Stewart Brand, during the first Hackers’ Conference in 1984, uttered the infamous maxim, “Information wants to be free”. The implication was that any attempt to control and limit the free dissemination of knowledge and information would be met with resistance. That was yesterday’s news. Today’s is that the British government is [...]
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Complaint Box | Picky Eaters

by Susan Goldberg from The New York Times Having friends over for dinner used to involve a minimal and fairly unremarkable to-do list: There were groceries to buy, along with flowers and a couple of bottles of semi-respectable wine. I would put out some guest towels and a collection of fancy soaps that were off limits to [...]
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Words that think for us

by Edward Skidelsky from Prospect No words are more typical of our moral culture than “inappropriate” and “unacceptable.” They seem bland, gentle even, yet they carry the full force of official power. When you hear them, you feel that you are being tied up with little pieces of soft string. Inappropriate and unacceptable began their modern careers in [...]
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Peter Kirby // John Baldessari: Some Stories (1990)

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Commonwealth, by Michael Hardt & Antonio Negri — First as Tragedy, Then as Farce, by Slavoj Zizek

by John Gray from The Independent One of history’s most discredited ideologies is having a comeback – not as a political force but as a commodity in the marketplace. No longer confined to dingy meetings of ageing Trotskyites or the longueurs of the academic seminar, communism has been reinvented as a kind of intellectual cabaret act. The 20th [...]
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