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(September/October 2012)

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Reversing the disaster of fastened meaning
upload – American Dream Disorder
Piecing jointly the worldwide insurrectionary puzzle.
The heretical methods of Nigeria’s Boko Haram
Europe’s anarchic nihilism
Cory Sine on Latin America’s political renaissance
city farming and the fissure of modernity by means of Darren Fleet
“The Key to Power” by way of Michael Hardt & Antonio Negri

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These two institutions, whose initial goals (the elimination of world poverty and the stabilization of the world economy) were quite noble, have become instruments of the interests of the American and international MNCs in Latin America and abroad. In fully-realized “Adam Smith Capitalism,” we should expect to see competition between MNCs requiring the re-investment of profits for continued research, development and growth. Instead, we see a stagnant mire in which huge corporate entities simply divide up the globe into their own zones of influence and put the wealth they earn directly and exclusively into the enlargement of profit.

The vehement support of Cuba’s inclusion in the Summit of the Americas by Latin American countries (though it was ultimately unsuccessful) can be seen as an affirmation of the revolutionary roots of that nation. Fidel Castro and Ernesto “Che” Guevara achieved in Cuba what few have been able to achieve in other nations – they revolted, and dethroned a brutal dictator who was supported largely by the United States through the indirect colonialism of multinational investment and corporatism. Cuba has, ever since, paid dearly for its success through an American-enforced trade embargo.

There is private invisibility and public visibility. Marshall Berman says that Baudelaire’s “Eyes of the Poor” poem evokes a “primal scene,” a primal scene “that reveals some of the deepest ironies and contradictions” of modern capitalist urbanization. For Berman, the setting that now “makes all urban humanity a great extended ‘family of eyes’ also brings forth the discarded stepchildren of that family. ” Haussmannization and its neo-Haussmannization counterpart share a historical and geographical lineage.

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