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Reclaiming the Radical Imagination: Challenging Casino Capitalism’s Punishing Factories January 13, 2014

Posted by sandyclaus in Occupy, Politics, Security, Security State, Shadow Economy.
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Chris Hedges is right when he argues that \”any state that has the capacity to monitor all its citizenry, any state that has the ability to snuff out factual public debate through [the] control of information, any state that has the tools to instantly shut down all dissent is totalitarian.\” [7]  While Hedges is aware that this disciplinary culture of fear and repression is rooted in a political economy that treats people as objects and makes the accumulation of capital the subjects of history, he underestimates one important element of the new authoritarianism produced by casino capitalism. That is, what is novel about existing registers of discipline and control is that they operate in a new historical conjuncture in which the relationship among political power, cultural institutions and everyday life has become more powerful and intense in the ability to undermine the radical imagination and the power and capacities of individuals to resist repression and make the crucial decisions necessary to take control over the forces that shape their lives.

via Reclaiming the Radical Imagination: Challenging Casino Capitalism’s Punishing Factories.

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