The Disimagination Machine and the Pathologies of Power

The Disimagination Machine and the Pathologies of Power We've entered a world in which politics has no shape, people don't feel they fully understand the rules of the political system they operate in, hence the sense that what needs to change is to have less of it. That's frightening, because all the precedent that I can think of then points against faith in democracy, rather than the belief in more democracy. --Tony Judt The Violence of Neoliberalism We live in a time of deep foreboding, one that haunts any discourse about justice, democracy, and the future. Not only have the points of reference that provided a sense of certainty and collective hope in the past largely evaporated, but the only referents available are increasingly supplied by a hyper-market driven society, mega-corporations, and a corrupt financial service industry. The commanding economic and cultural institutions of American society have taken on what David Theo Goldberg calls a "militarizing social logic."1 Market discipline now regulates all aspects of social life and the regressive economic rationality that drives it sacrifices the public good, public values, and social responsibility to a tawdry consumerist dream while simultaneously creating a throwaway society of goods, resources, and individuals now considered disposable.2 This militarizing logic http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png symploke University of Nebraska Press

The Disimagination Machine and the Pathologies of Power

symploke, Volume 21 (1) – Dec 22, 2013

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We've entered a world in which politics has no shape, people don't feel they fully understand the rules of the political system they operate in, hence the sense that what needs to change is to have less of it. That's frightening, because all the precedent that I can think of then points against faith in democracy, rather than the belief in more democracy. --Tony Judt The Violence of Neoliberalism We live in a time of deep foreboding, one that haunts any discourse about justice, democracy, and the future. Not only have the points of reference that provided a sense of certainty and collective hope in the past largely evaporated, but the only referents available are increasingly supplied by a hyper-market driven society, mega-corporations, and a corrupt financial service industry. The commanding economic and cultural institutions of American society have taken on what David Theo Goldberg calls a "militarizing social logic."1 Market discipline now regulates all aspects of social life and the regressive economic rationality that drives it sacrifices the public good, public values, and social responsibility to a tawdry consumerist dream while simultaneously creating a throwaway society of goods, resources, and individuals now considered disposable.2 This militarizing logic

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