Suicide bombing, nonviolence and pacifism, resisting state violence, the discourse on terror, confrontation in protests, civilian law in Mexico, the public sphere, and Egypt’s military coup.
“Visual renditions of war not only establish what can be seen, and the audio-track established what can be heard, but the photographs also “train” us in ways of focusing on targets, ways of regarding suffering and loss.”
“The corruptive effects of power are clearly visible everywhere, throughout history. But the coercive power of might is just as obvious. To defeat the forces that maintain the hierarchy of wealth, even greater forces are required.”
“Pacifism and nonviolence worth their salt will repent of their pretense to moral superiority, deny the individualistic assumptions latent in liberal nonviolence, and commit themselves to resisting the spiral of violence.”
“A Congress that orders or enables a high probability of thousands of innocent deaths is more culpable than someone who with certainty produces a few (like, e.g. the suicide bomber). The U.S. Congress would be far more culpable with respect to the perpetration of political violence than all combined suicide bombers.”
“The conversation has changed but the essential reality remains: the State and its enforcers determine what acceptable violence is and what isn’t. This determination is not arrived at according to the nature or degree of the violent acts; it is arrived at according to who is perpetrating said act.”
“I have heard some commentators praising Palestinians’ newfound application of nonviolence, almost surprised to see it spring in the Middle East. This Orientalist view, often espoused by American political leaders, is not only hypocritical, but is extremely ignorant of Palestinian history.”
“The reason for the sudden interest in small fixes in the most chaotic states is that Mexico cannot afford to be labeled a failed state just now – not when the reforms are supposed to attract foreign investment to do for the economy what neoliberalism has failed to do for 30 years.”
“The political moment of idiosyncratic instances lies in remembering the interconnectivity between all there is, and in being affected by its forces and so constantly creating new desires that emerge from these moments.”
“The Egyptian people’s relationship with the ruling elite has totally changed in the last two years, with them having become a proud and dignified people via a courageous struggle against both a secular dictator and a religious demagogue.”
“The P5+1 demanded a number of one-sided concessions from the Iranian team ostensibly hoping that the Iranians would not accept them. But when Iran’s negotiators agreed to sign on the proposed interim deal based on those demands, Western nuclear powers recoiled!”
“Economic policy makers in the White House and Congress have invoked the debt/deficit hobgoblin three times in less than two years: the 2011 debt-ceiling panic, the 2012 “fiscal cliff” and the 2013 debt-ceiling/government shutdown crisis – all designed to frighten the people into accepting the slashing of vital social programs.”
“Mr. Putin needs to put his own house in order, but that doesn’t mean that his view of the U.S. is skewed. In his recent New York Times editorial, he appears to have it exactly right.”
“The financial sector and the federal government have a compelling incentive to put students into more and more debt. Moreover, both profit from keeping students as debtors for as long as possible. When looked at from this perspective, the increase in student enrollment in the past decade looks far less beneficent than is commonly assumed.”
An open issue covering a whole host of political, economic and cultural discussions.
Green-corporate links, resource shortages, nuclear power and the dicourse on energy issues.
Anti-welfare rhetoric, alternatives to 'austerity', disparity in India, and resistance against inequality.
The historical role of the Democrat Party, and a focus on the LBJ, Carter, Kennedy and Obama presidencies.
“Neither hegemonic conformity nor resistance movements should target civilians; however, each should expect the material consequences of using terrorist means, i.e. live by the sword, die by the sword.”