Monthly Archives: February 2011

Adventures in Privatization with Rand Paul

Watch Senator Rand Paul shill for the increasing privatization of the public sector on The Late Show with David Letterman.  Empty buzzwords – Efficiency!  Competition! – were aplenty. Although one can’t help but find Letterman’s repeated “I think you’re wrong, … Continue reading

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NDPR: David Ingram, Habermas: Introduction and Analysis

David Ingram is no neophyte to either Habermas or Frankfurt School Critical Theory. A very good argument can be made, in fact, that Ingram belongs to what has been called ‘Third Generation Critical Theory.’[1] His 1987 book, Habermas and the … Continue reading

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NDPR: Iris Marion Young, Responsibility for Justice

Iris Marion Young died in August 2006, at the age of only 57. Responsibility for Justice further develops some themes that have been prevalent throughout her life as a scholar, most recently in her book Global Challenges: War, Self-Determination and … Continue reading

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Weekend Links: Badiou, Photojournalism, Deleuze, James Tully, Clarence Thomas

1. Daniel Fischer’s transcription of the 19 January 2011 session of Alain Badiou’s seminar What does “change the world” mean? 2. An assortment of entries to the World Press Photo Contest 2011. 3. My French is still too rough to … Continue reading

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Kant on Constitutional Legitimacy and Revolution

In light of the extraordinary and inspirational events in North Africa, it’s interesting to reflect on Kant’s political philosophy – especially his rather ambivalent conclusions on constitutional legitimacy and the right to rebel against oppressive regimes. (I am using Reiss, … Continue reading

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Again, Zizek on Egypt

Because we can never have too much Zizek (right?), here’s some more from The Guardian: The most sublime moment occurred when Muslims and Coptic Christians engaged in common prayer on Cairo’s Tahrir Square, chanting “We are one!” – providing the … Continue reading

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Zizek on Egypt and Tunisia in Revolt

Over at The Guardian: Here, then, is the moment of truth: one cannot claim, as in the case of Algeria a decade ago, that allowing truly free elections equals delivering power to Muslim fundamentalists. Another liberal worry is that there … Continue reading

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