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  •  much worse than the back and forth - criminal (9+ / 0-)
    A new type of criminal regime now drives American politics, one devoid of any sense of justice, equality and honor. It thrives on fear, the false promise of security and an egregious fusion of economic, religious and racist ideologies that have become normalized. This new dystopia wants nothing more than the complete destruction of the formative culture, collectives and the institutions that make democracy possible. Inequality is its engine, and disposability is the reward for large segments of the American public. It ideologies and structure of politics often have been hidden from the American public. The shutdown and debt-ceiling crisis have forced the new authoritarianism out of the shadows into the light. The lockdown state is on full display with its concentrated economic power and the willingness of the apostles of authoritarianism to push millions of people into ruin. Paraphrasing Eric Cazdyn, all of society is now at the mercy of a corporate, religious, and financial elite just as "all ideals are at the mercy of [a] larger economic logic."31 The category of hell is alive and well in the racist and imperial enclaves of the rich, the bigoted, the bankers and hedge fund managers.
    I added the bold

    and the last paragraph

    The new authoritarianism must be exposed as a politic of disaster and a new catastrophe, one that is rooted in large-scale terror and the death of the civic imagination. It has to be contoured with a sense of hope and possibility so that intellectuals, artists, workers, educators and young people can imagine otherwise in order to act otherwise.  If we have entered into an era of what Stanley Aronowitz calls "the repressive authoritarian state,"34 there are signs all over the globe that authoritarianism in its various versions is being challenged in countries that extend from Egypt and Greece to Chile and Mexico. The radical imagination is alive, but it has to be a site of struggle by those committed to creating a new politics, modes of identity, social relations, power arrangements and moral values that offer the glimpse of political and economic emancipation.
    this is an article which was reprinted in full here on DK and few responded

    I had to read it a couple of times

    “The Ghost of Authoritarianism in the Age of the Shutdown,” by Henry A. Giroux

    •  Agreed Don nt (2+ / 0-)
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      nosotros no somos estúpidos

      by a2nite on Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 05:10:10 AM PDT

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    •  Not surprise no one commented-- (1+ / 0-)
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      everyone was waiting for someone to translate it into English.


      by Uncle Cosmo on Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 06:40:26 AM PDT

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      •  not English, but translate to American (0+ / 0-)

        so it can be on TV and feed the banality of Americans

        •  Y'know, the true genius of Shakespeare (0+ / 0-)

          was that he wrote massively dense & complex plays (to the extent that we're still finding wrinkles 400 years later) that were also comprehensible to (on some level) & entertaining for the groundlings.

          I'm also reminded of one of the French scientists (Laplace?) who once said that he didn't feel confident about whatever new bit of science he had worked out until he was sure he could go out into the street & stop the next passerby & explain it to him in a way he could understand.

          If an author's intended audience is his/her peers in some rarefied upper level of academe, s/he can be just as stylistically highfalutin & opaque as s/he wants. But if s/he wants the work to be widely read, the level of turgidity in that essay is self-defeating. For the rest of us it needs translation into everyday English.

          (& FTR my last post should have been titled either "No surprise" or "not surprised"--I kinda got caught in the middle of the two & hit Post before noticing it. Mea culpa.)


          by Uncle Cosmo on Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 11:01:00 AM PDT

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