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A New Fascism?

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G. M. Tamás | Fascism Without Fascism "I don't envy them their Dynamism, because it comes from the energy of raising above others. This is the energy of distinction. All societies are based on this distinction. All competitiveness, including the most virtuous ones: being better, being excellent, being the first, being the most intelligent, the being the most beautiful, being the fastest - all these are based on distinction, meaning I'm better than you are." | "Brilliant!"   "It is always…

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Obey! Not! Rebel!

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+++ London Comes to Standstill as Over 100 Climate Change Protesters Block Off 5 Bridges +++ 70 Arrested +++ Organisers of the "Extinction Rebellion" event said they wanted to put pressure on Britain's government to take greater action to slow climate change and eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2025. +++ London: British police said they arrested more than 70 people at an environmental protest on Saturday, after demonstrators blocked five bridges across the River Thames in central London. The…

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INSIDE | CHINA

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+++ China's Leaders Confront an Unlikely Foe: Ardent Young Communists +++ Labour activists disappeared in suspected raids +++ Chinese Activists attracted attention in August when about fifty students/graduates converged in Huizhou to support factory workers +++ Activists went missing in recent days in what is suspected to be a coordinated effort to silence the vocal group, mostly university students or recent graduates +++ Authorities took away at least nine activists in Beijing, Shanghai,…

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Project: Powwow '18

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I. Z. Nessuno-Raskolnikov defends the thesis "The grass is not always greener in the neighbor's yard" ::: Powwowian and frequentist inference methods for network autocorrelated data ::: Understanding influence in social networks: New methods for estimation and inference using Powwowian statistics Social network research plays an important role to understand how persons influence each other on behaviors, opinions, and well-being. The main interest is the structure of social influence which is…

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Kindergarten

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++ RINSE AND REPEAT ++ This posting is about our new iopsociety.edu educational approach ++ Kindergarten, literally meaning "garden for the children" is the IOPS educational approach based on playing, singing, practical activities such as drawing, and social interaction as part of the transition from 0 to 1. (OPEN POLL!! VOTE NOW!!) ++   SESSION 42 Five little monkeys jumping on the bed. One fell off and bumped his head. Mama called 7H3_D0C70R and 7H3_D0C70R said, "No more monkeys jumping on…

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WWF Living Planet Report 2018

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+++ "Humanity has wiped out 60% of animal populations since 1970." +++ "The huge loss is a tragedy in itself but also threatens the survival of civilisation, say the world's leading scientists." +++ Humanity has wiped out 60% of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles since 1970, leading the world’s foremost experts to warn that the annihilation of wildlife is now an emergency that threatens civilisation. The new estimate of the massacre of wildlife is made in a major report produced by WWF and…

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G20 | UN

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G20 Compact with Africa | Austria to withdraw from UN migration agreement - APA +++ "Austria will follow the United States and Hungary in backing out of a United Nations pact on migration over concerns that it will blur the line between legal and illegal migration" +++  "Twelve African heads of state are meeting with Chancellor Merkel in Berlin to take stock of the G20 "Compact with Africa" initiative. Merkel said the project puts African countries and the West on an "equal footing."  …

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For a Left Populism

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::: E-LEARNING with Irie ::: UNSW Sydney ::: Introduction to the work of Laclau and Mouffe in relationship to power, politics and International Relations. Scripted and read by Dr. Carolien van Ham ::: Q: What is the "populist moment" and what does it mean for the left? We are currently witnessing in Western Europe a "populist moment" that signals the crisis of neoliberal hegemony. The central axis of the political conflict will be between right- and left-wing populism. By establishing a frontier…

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IOPS TIMES #1

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Jair Bolsonaro is Elected President of Brazil | Facebook Censorship of Alternative Media | IOPS TIMES #1 @ iopsociety.org +++ "Read Bolsonaro's extremist, far right Positions in his own words." +++  "This October, Facebook and Twitter deleted the accounts of hundreds of users, including many alternative media outlets maintained by American users. Among those wiped out in the coordinated purge were popular sites that scrutinized police brutality and U.S. interventionism, along with the pages…

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