Posts Tagged "globalisation"

Decolonising Development – thoughts on John Hilary’s Poverty of Capitalism

Posted by on 19 Feb 14 in Politics, Social Justice | 0 comments

Decolonising Development – thoughts on John Hilary’s Poverty of Capitalism

Policies. Theories. Models. Ideologies. It is fascinating how abstracted our politics have become from real life experiences. A couple of months ago, John Hilary caused quite a stir by calling on development charities to re-embrace politics in order to achieve their aims and goals. As the Executive Director of War on Want, his outlook came of no surprise to those  in the know of development politics. War on Want is well-known for its Marxist anti-capitalist and challenging approach to international development, a view that has led many other larger development NGOs into a space of much...

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Is it all in Black & White?

Posted by on 1 Mar 13 in Politics, Social Justice | 1 comment

Is it all in Black & White?

It’s us against the world, the old rhetoric goes. Much of my experience in activist circles has been fighting old dualistic battles: rich versus poor; Keynes versus Hayek; and West versus the Other. We see our battles in black and white – left versus right – when the distinction is ambiguous and impossible to define. Everything is still a matter of structuralist dialectics. Old dry arguments that have been tried and tried again still voice themselves, despite the political climate having changed, and globalisation still rearing its ugly head. It’s almost surreal that...

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The Economy Game

Posted by on 13 Feb 13 in Politics | 1 comment

The Economy Game

In his study of Governmentality, in amongst many other points of analysis, Foucault points to the de-estabilishment of the economy from the family framework as the turning point to our current political condition. Sparked by the growth of Market theory, the rise of the social contract and the transformation for Authority to consider the population as actors over their own need to retain sovereignty, the age of the ‘political economy’ was born. It was the new paradigm shift that the West needed to retain (neo)imperial authority – the ideology through which all means scould...

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Is this the end of Europe?

Posted by on 24 Sep 12 in Politics | 2 comments

Is this the end of Europe?

When we speak of a place, we don’t mean its “real” geography, but the idea of it. In this sense we comprehend it by it being lived in, our understandings of its constructed histories, and how we relate to that space. Much of the same can be said about Europe. For many, Europe marks an origin point – Americans and Australians used to call it the “old” continent. Much before then, the Renaissance started a reinvigoration of Classical grandeur, with many attributing the origins of ‘civilisation’ to those masters of Philosophy – Plato,...

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Marx: out of date with Globalisation?

Posted by on 3 Mar 12 in Politics | 1 comment

This is the first part of a series on the end of the left & right. Feel free to submit your own by emailing me. Unlike many of my political colleagues, I can’t read the writings of Marx without quivering with irritable disagreement. Not always specifically because Marx is necessarily wrong about the narrative of capital and its direct relationship with the political elite, but because his arguments live in a world that is somewhat utterly disconnected to our own. Why this makes me fume, however, is more that people still seem to think that times have not changed. And many of my...

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