Posts Tagged Sheldon Wolin

The Text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Sheldon Wolin, the Elite and Language

The text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership was released today, confirming that making regulations consistent to the benefit of corporate efficiency is a race to the bottom. Reading the TPP text, chapter 11.7 is quite striking: “Each Party shall permit a financial institution of another Party to supply a new financial service that the Party would permit […]

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The Prison Industrial Complex Comes to Resemble the Military Industrial Complex Even More

While no doubt there is distinctive explanatory power to each concept, one must conclude that the prison-industrial complex is the term we give to the apparatuses of control when state violence is turned inward towards a racial minority rather than the external ideology at which the military industrial complex takes aim. They are the mirror […]

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Greg Grandin: Kissinger’s Shadow, The Long Reach of America’s Most Controversial Statesmen

The historian Greg Grandin’s just published Kissinger’s Shadow: The Long Reach of America’s Most Controversial Statesmen is a fascinating work of scholarship for its broad overview of the development of Kissingerist diplomacy, and its subtle criticism of the relation between history and the Elite. Grandin contests the prevalent opinion that Kissinger’s realpolitik was an amoral […]

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Stingrays, Surveillance and Empire

On Thursday the Department of Justice issued a new policy requiring that “stingray” surveillance devices, portable fake cell phone towers that pinpoint the locations of all cell phones in the vicinity with cell phone signals, cannot be used by federal law enforcement officers without a warrant. The FBI will need to get a warrant to […]

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President Obama’s Commutations, Zeferino, Police Violence and the War on Drugs

On Monday, July 13th, President Obama announced he would commute the sentences of 46 persons in prison for drug charges, arguing that because sentencing requirements have been lessened in general since their sentencing, it is fair that they serve the sentences they would receive today. This is a fair argument, but it obscures the point […]

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