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It’s “Deep State” Time Again

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By Fred Nagel, April 21, 2017 Whenever there are obvious conflicts within the ruling class, the concept of a Deep State is brought out to explain why our government seems to be coming apart at the seams. When the tired rhetoric of our two party system can’t bring us to a satisfying catharsis, there is always the deus ex machina of grand conspiracies and hidden rulers. The actual nature of our oppression, however, has been in plain sight for decades, although assiduously avoided by much…

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Proposed tactics for a participatory economy

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I have now posted an e-book that I published five years ago which discusses using participatory economics as a lynchpin for activism organizing.  One of the chapters of that book discusses possible tactics for winning such an economy.  I am posting the contents of that chapter here, for consideration and discussion. Perhaps the best way, and seemingly the hardest way to win adherents, is to ultimately show not only how [participatory economics] works but that it works -- demonstrate the…

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Towards Police State Australia

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Towards Police State Australia in the Post-Liberal Era At least since 9/11 almost all western countries have been involved in a gradual slide to post-liberal, more authoritarian states. Some are gradually becoming outright police states. Australia is no exception, and is in fact in the vanguard of these developments in many respects.   Australia is the only democracy without a national Bill of Rights. This is also because there is almost no grassroots revolutionary tradition of autonomy in…

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The Anthropocene Choice for Humanity

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[Trying a bigger pic here. Anyone into the Anthropocene? ] Ten Propositions on the Anthropocene Choice for Humanity 1.We are now in the ANTHROPOCENE: a new evolutionary phase of the planet since about 1950 defined primarily by one species, Homo sapiens, largely determining planetary evolution 2.Like all previous evolution, the Anthropocene is proceeding blindly, UNCONSCIOUSLY, mainly  via market mechanisms and the self-serving, narrow-focus decisions of technocratic and power elites 3.The Unconscious…

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Reading Rorty, Reading Trump

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Deplorable.   Mrs Clinton cast too widely, be it a basket or a net. However her general sentiment was right. The election of Trump was the latest entry to the list of American deplorables, following from Iraq, Reaganomics, Vietnam, Jim Crow, slavery, the genocide of indigenous people--to name just a few whoppers.   But while past deplorables were typically enacted by agents of the state, Trump's election is a failure of the people. (And it is pointless to complain, at this stage, about…

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Two-and-a-half minutes to midnight

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The other day the Doomsday Clock, a symbolic presentation of how close we are to the end of humanity, was forwarded by half a minute. The immediate reason was the election of the Trumpinator, in view of his stated policy intentions to stop fighting climate change and escalate nuclear armament.Once H. sapiens has gone extinct, no one will be left to shed a tear for its demise. Sad. But a worse future is possible – and, in my opinion, more likely – in which humankind does not end but the…

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Democracy and Dealing with Right-Wing Populism 2

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[First blog attempt below did not print the rest, so here its is] Some brief suggestions about how to deal with core feelings and ideas motivating right-wing populism without helping push them towards outright fascism: 1.Feelings: grievance, resentment, fear Show how and where these are legitimate (global neoliberalism, imperialism-terrorism vicious  circle) and validate them. Show where and how they are illegitimate and criticise them (xenophobia, scapegoating, sexism, conspiracy delusions).…

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Democracy and Dealing with Right-wing Populism

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First some quotes from two recent articles in the Sydney Morning Herald (my highlighting): From Jacqueline Maley (‘Climate courage bleached by outbreaks of populism’, SMH 10-11/12/2016, p. 31): Research by Roberto Foa and Yascha Mounk end 2016 finds a disturbing trend : ‘over time, in all liberal democracies including Australia, openness to the idea of military rule has grown, the number of people who think a democratic system is ‘bad’ has grown, support for the concept…

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