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Since the Dawn of Time: A Series

Published on Thursday June 23rd, 2011

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June 9th, 2011

Open Wallets, Open Minds

From the David Report's Closed Wallets, Closed Minds: Our consumption is slowly but surely destroying us – psychologically, spiritually, maybe even morally – and, more literally, the world we live in. Our desire for novelty has not taken this into account – nothing has been allowed to stand in the way of our quest for new stuff, while credit and cheap…

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June 9th, 2011

Elections as Market Competition & Consumer Choice

Slavoj Zizek in Capitalism and the assault on reason In the organization and legitimization of power, the electoral system is increasingly understood on the model of market competition. Elections are themselves like a supermarket where the voters "buy" the option that offers to do the most efficient the job of maintaining social order, prosecuting crime, and so on. Guided by the…

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