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Buses, carpools stay idle in Dodge City as vote-suppression fears fail to materialize
“The national story doesn’t really appear to be the real story on the ground," said Edgar Pando, a Dodge City attorney who provides legal aid to low- and middle-income Kansans. "People sort of extrapolated a meaning that wasn’t there, outside looking in, and that seems to be the general consensus.”

As of early afternoon, only about 10 or 15 voters mistakenly showed up to the old Civic Center polling station in Dodge City, where get-out-the-vote organizers loitered in an empty parking lot, bashfully waiting for someone to help...The problem wasn’t a lack of buses. The problem is that the area’s Latino population has been “disenfranchised,”
midwest  voting  politics  elections 
4 weeks ago by jomc
The Unlikely Activists Who Took On Silicon Valley — and Won - The New York Times
acebook alone belonged to more than four dozen trade associations and industry coalitions, political shields that could advance Facebook’s interests in battles that were too toxic for direct engagement. It supported the Anti-Defamation League and the American Council of the Blind, the American Conservative Union and the N.A.A.C.P. It disbursed millions of dollars in grants to tech-advocacy groups — including those that sometimes criticized them. Like the web of personal data it mined for profit, Silicon Valley’s political network was simultaneously immense, powerful and inscrutable.
data  surveillance  google  california  politics 
august 2018 by jomc
Centrist Democrats Want A Presidential Candidate To Take On Bernie. They Just Don’t Know Who It Is.
“If you walked out on the street of Columbus, six of 10 people could tell you what Bernie’s economic vision is.”
july 2018 by jomc
Trump’s Nativism Is Transforming the Physical Landscape - The Atlantic
The original theory of national parks and monuments was that they would exemplify the spirit of the country. They were the American cathedrals. But instead they attract fights over collective identity...the land exemplifies the country: It is the site of fights over whose country is being taken away, who is the patriot and who is the usurper or trespasser.
climate-change  environment  politics  nature  parks  coal 
july 2018 by jomc
This Famous Campaign Stop Is Actually A Mirage : It's All Politics : NPR
These days, Robie's is usually only open when there's a presidential candidate in town.

Robie's reputation as a political stop has given Hooksett an outsized presence in the media every four years.
politics  new-hampshire 
july 2018 by jomc
They Want New Blood | Nathan Taylor Pemberton
, “Congress could probably use a few more empaths.”...Patel’s operation, it has been noted, is the Casper of congressional campaigns. It speaks the language of enlightened global design, in other words, relying on sans-serif fonts, flat colors, and ample amounts of calming white space, expressing a messaging slickness rarely seen in a political campaign this side of 2008...“But when you co-opt these trends for a more specific cause and location, especially in a place as vibrant, diverse, and multicultural as New York City, it can come across as superficial and a bit alienating,” Robbs concludes. “There isn’t even a clear call to action on his posters.”
nyc  brooklyn  politics  wtf  design  millenials 
july 2018 by jomc
The demise of the nation state | News | The Guardian
Big data companies (Google, Facebook etc) have already assumed many functions previously associated with the state, from cartography to surveillance. Now they are the primary gatekeepers of social reality: membership of these systems is a new, corporate, de-territorialised form of citizenship, antagonistic at every level to the national kind. And, as the growth of digital currencies shows, new technologies will emerge to replace the other fundamental functions of the nation state. The libertarian dream – whereby antique bureaucracies succumb to pristine hi-tech corporate systems, which then take over the management of all life and resources – is a more likely vision for the future than any fantasy of a return to social democracy.
economics  politics  citizenship  borders 
june 2018 by jomc
How A Twitter Fight Over Bernie Sanders Revealed A Network Of Fake Accounts | HuffPost
These accounts also liked #resistance celebrities like liberal conspiracy theorist Eric Garland (“Time for some game theory”) and Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe. And they were often deployed in intra-Democratic Party battles.
sock-puppets  bot  bernie-sanders  politics 
march 2018 by jomc
Friends Who Host Benefits | Ben Davis
That’s part of what makes the guy diabolical: as a political personality, he’s so excessive, and what is wrong with him so obvious and satisfyingly mockable, that he repels complex analysis of the system that enables him. Cultural writing is particularly vulnerable to this vice, liable by its very nature to over-invest in the value of style and branding, to rewrite political questions as matters of taste.
trump  art  politics  optics 
january 2018 by jomc
Kirsten Gillibrand Strong Vanilla | The New Yorker
“Polly used to get so insulted when someone would talk about the machine. She’d say, ‘It’s an organization. A machine has no heart.’ ”
politics  elections 
november 2017 by jomc
Fascism Has Already Come To America - MTV
It is impossible to read about the post-Reconstruction, pre–Jim Crow era without alarms going off in your head. The complete capitulation to segregation and Jim Crow was caused by the collapse of the institutions restraining it: Southern populism, Southern conservatism, and Northern liberalism. As Woodward wrote, "The South’s adoption of extreme racism was due not so much to a conversion as it was to a relaxation of the opposition.
racism  history  politics 
august 2017 by jomc
This Town Melts Down - The New York Times
The last time I saw Lewandowski was in February, before the Super Bowl in Houston. He was there as a guest of Microsoft, wearing shorts and a red-and-white New England Patriots polo shirt and chatting with Robert Kraft, the Patriots’ owner and a Trump friend, at a V.I.P. reception before the game.
silicon-valley  microsoft  politics 
july 2017 by jomc
The curious rise of the ‘white left’ as a Chinese internet insult | openDemocracy
 baizuo is used generally to describe those who “only care about topics such as immigration, minorities, LGBT and the environment” and “have no sense of real problems in the real world”; they are hypocritical humanitarians who advocate for peace and equality only to “satisfy their own feeling of moral superiority”;
politics  china 
may 2017 by jomc
PPE: the Oxford degree that runs Britain | Education | The Guardian
Last October, the leading Brexit campaigner and former government education adviser Dominic Cummings wrote on his influential blog: “If you are young, smart, and interested in politics, think very hard before studying PPE … It actually causes huge problems as it encourages people like Cameron and Ed Balls to … spread bad ideas with lots of confidence and bluffing.”
uk  populism  education  politics 
february 2017 by jomc
You don’t know Hannah Arendt | The Outline
But it is this very intuition that explains Arendt’s new life as a meme. She is the sage who gets tweeted out in giant decontextualized chunks in service of the suggestion that Trump and his courtiers don’t care about being fact-checked, a bit like some Nazis you may have heard of. That is to say: Arendt in this modern usage has not actually provided contemporary liberals with an account of fascism they did not already possess, because the liberal professional set already believes that reckoning with the material conditions that produced Trump is pointless.
politics  memes  fascism 
february 2017 by jomc
‘It’s Important to Be Specific About What We Mean by Change’: A Talk With Andrea Fraser | ARTnews
I don’t consider a work critical because it’s the product of a critique, but only if it can activate a critical process, a kind of critical reflexivity in other people, of their own investments, conflicts, desires, and defenses. That’s what a critical work must do, not just complain about something. Critique at its best is a verb. That’s partly why, if it doesn’t make me acutely anxious, I think it’s not worth doing.
art  politics 
december 2016 by jomc
The Last Diplomat - WSJ
he competing forces of intelligence and diplomacy began to collide. When Munter pushed the CIA to be more “judicious” in its drone strikes in the tribal areas, the CIA’s station chief responded by telling diplomats not to discuss the drone program even in private meetings with senior Pakistani officials...By the time Edward Snowden leaked classified documents detailing the NSA’s global operations in 2013, the pressure to catch government moles had increased exponentially, former FBI officials say. The bureau was eager to bring cases.
good-writing  politics  government  dc  pakistan  diplomacy  spies  nsa  fbi  national-security 
december 2016 by jomc
Resisting Trump from Inside the Government - The New Yorker
Posner told me that, with both houses of Congress in Republican control, the greatest obstacle to the President’s use of power would be not the separation of powers but, more likely, the isolated actions of individuals in government. “Sometimes they won’t actually do what the President tells them to do, or they drag their feet, or they’ll leak to the press to try to embarrass him,” Posner told me. “That’s pretty unusual, because when that happens the employees risk losing their job, or even going to jail if they leak confidential information.”
politics  dc  power  dissent  california 
november 2016 by jomc
This Is How Steve Bannon Sees The Entire World - BuzzFeed News
the tea party is using this as an example of the cronyism. General Electric and these major corporations that are in bed with the federal government are not what we’d consider free-enterprise capitalists. We’re backers of entrepreneurial capitalists. They’re not. They’re what we call corporatist.
ideology  politics  movements  tea-party 
november 2016 by jomc
Kanye West: If I voted, I would have voted for Trump - POLITICO
“There’s nonpolitical methods to speaking that I like, that I feel were very futuristic. And that style, and that method of communication, has proven that it can beat a politically correct way of communication. And I fuck with that,” West said at the concert. He bemoaned that he had been told that he should avoid praising Trump because he is a celebrity, telling the crowd that Trump’s rhetorical style was not simply “entertaining — I actually think that his approach was absolutely genius, because it fucking worked.”
futch  politics  celebrity 
november 2016 by jomc
Bootleggers and Baptists - Wikipedia
observation that regulations are supported both by groups that want the ostensible purpose of the regulation, and by groups that profit from undermining that purpose
politics  negotiation 
november 2016 by jomc
The Most Important WikiLeaks Revelation Isn’t About Hillary Clinton | New Republic
This was October 6. The election was November 4. And yet Froman, an executive at Citigroup, which would ultimately become the recipient of the largest bailout from the federal government during the financial crisis, had mapped out virtually the entire Obama cabinet, a month before votes were counted.
politics  obama  power  wikileaks 
november 2016 by jomc
The Survivors :: Peter Frase
all the article really demonstrated was that the media’s portrayal of Sanders as a genial hippie grandpa was at odds with his real nature as a political survivor, someone who was always interested in merging principle with power.
leadership  sanders  left  politics 
july 2016 by jomc
What Happened In The March 15 Primaries | FiveThirtyEight
No one is totally sure why this works, but we have yet more evidence from tonight’s returns that Google searches for candidates in states that are voting are decent indicators of how those states will vote. They showed Kasich’s relative strength in Ohio, Cruz’s in Missouri and Rubio’s in Florida (relative to his performance in other states, not to Trump’s in Florida). This is still a very new area of study, and it remains to be seen how best to convert Google search numbers into vote shares, where it works and where it doesn’t, why it isn’t as useful on the Democratic side, and — the big question! — why searches are predictive of votes.
search  politics  elections 
march 2016 by jomc
Bernie Sanders' Campaign Is Concerned About the 'Berniebro,' As They Maybe Should Be
The Berniebro is now what happens when Reddit eats a fairly liberal, if irritatingly opinionated white guy, and spits him out. He is tired, he is covered in boils, and he is intent on destroying Hillary Clinton by any. means. necessary.
reddit  politics 
february 2016 by jomc
Peter Pomerantsev · Diary: Iammmmyookkraaanian · LRB 19 February 2015
‘Revolution’ stopped being the name you gave to a transformative historical moment and became the name a political technology gave itself in order to gain importance.
politics  revolution 
april 2015 by jomc
The Hidden Author of Putinism - The Atlantic
With a flourish he sponsored lavish arts festivals for the most provocative modern artists in Moscow, then supported Orthodox fundamentalists, dressed all in black and carrying crosses, who in turn attacked the modern-art exhibitions. The Kremlin’s idea is to own all forms of political discourse, to not let any independent movements develop outside of its walls. Its Moscow can feel like an oligarchy in the morning and a democracy in the afternoon, a monarchy for dinner and a totalitarian state by bedtime.
russia  politics  discourse  nathan-barley 
april 2015 by jomc
The double-standard of making the poor prove they’re worthy of government benefits - The Washington Post
The second issue with these laws is a moral one: We rarely make similar demands of other recipients of government aid. We don't drug-test farmers who receive agriculture subsidies (lest they think about plowing while high!). We don't require Pell Grant recipients to prove that they're pursuing a degree that will get them a real job one day (sorry, no poetry!). We don't require wealthy families who cash in on the home mortgage interest deduction to prove that they don't use their homes as brothels (because surely someone out there does this). The strings that we attach to government aid are attached uniquely for the poor.
bias  stigma  politics  poverty 
april 2015 by jomc
We tried. We learned. We’re trying something new: Mayday.US, v2 — Medium
Yet the election was a bust. We had picked hard races, except for one. Beyond that one, we won just one. The other six defeats gave the skeptics no reason to doubt the conventional view that Americans don’t care about the corruption of their politics. “It’s a zero issue,” Politico quoted a political consultant after the election.
elections  lessig  politics 
march 2015 by jomc
To Hell with Good Intentions by Ivan Illich
l. If you insist on working with the poor, if this is your vocation, then at least work among the poor who can tell you to go to hell. It is incredibly unfair for you to impose yourselves on a village where you are so linguistically deaf and dumb that you don't even understand what you are doing, or what people think of you. And it is profoundly damaging to yourselves when you define something that you want to do as "good," a "sacrifice" and "help."
race  activism  politics 
december 2014 by jomc
Elizabeth Warren was told to stay quiet, but she didn’t – and it’s paying off - The Washington Post
Larry leaned back in his chair and offered me some advice. ... He teed it up this way: I had a choice. I could be an insider or I could be an outsider. Outsiders can say whatever they want. But people on the inside don’t listen to them. Insiders, however, get lots of access and a chance to push their ideas. People — powerful people — listen to what they have to say. But insiders also understand one unbreakable rule. They don’t criticize other insiders.
power  politics 
december 2014 by jomc
Talking to James Risen About Pay Any Price, the War on Terror and Press Freedoms - The Intercept
Today, the basic prerequisite to being taken seriously in American politics is to accept the legitimacy of the new national security state. The new basic American assumption is that there really is a need for a global war on terror. Anyone who doesn’t accept that basic assumption is considered dangerous and maybe even a traitor. The crackdown on leaks by the Obama administration has been designed to suppress the truth about the war on terror. Stay on the interstate highway of conventional
politics  left 
december 2014 by jomc
Google, once disdainful of lobbying, now a master of Washington influence - The Washington Post
What the guests had not been told was that the day-long academic conference was in large part the work of Google, which maneuvered behind the scenes with GMU’s Law & Economics Center to put on the event. At the time, the company was under FTC investigation over concerns about the dominance of its famed search engine, a case that threatened Google’s core business.
google  institutions  politics  sponsorship 
april 2014 by jomc
The Anti-Warrior | The American Conservative
I ask Zenko what he thinks about the role of the antiwar movement, such as it is. He says the peacenik crowd is instrumental in supporting the foreign-aid budget and the paying of our national dues to the United Nations, two things that remain the indispensable tools for preventive diplomacy.
antiwar  politics 
march 2014 by jomc
WikiLeaks' Iraq logs put Maliki in a tight spot - The Hindu
reminds me of the time Anthony weiner said al-qaeda hacked his phone and wrote the sexts.

##Mr. Maliki and his partisans rejected the allegations, insisting that they had followed the law and denying any abuse of prisoners. They also tried to discredit the leaked documents.

“These are all just fakes from the Internet and Photoshop,” said Hassan al-Sneid, a leader of Maliki's governing State of Law coalition
internet  politics 
march 2014 by jomc
Is the Internet good or bad? Yes.  — Matter — Medium
Why do we give them our data? For the same reason that prompted the protesters to pull out their phones amid a swirl of tear gas: digital channels are one of the easiest ways we have to talk to one another, and sometimes the only way. There are few things more powerful and rewarding than communicating with another person. It’s not a coincidence that the harshest legal punishment short of the death penalty in modern states is solitary confinement. Humans are social animals; social interaction is at our core... Duhigg recounted how one outraged father, upset at the pregnancy- and baby-related coupons Target had mailed to his teenage daughter, visited his local store and demanded to see the manager. He got an apology, but later apologized himself: His daughter, it turned out, was pregnant. By analyzing changes in her shopping—which could be as subtle as changes in her choice in moisturizers, or the purchase of certain supplements—Target had learned that she was expecting before he did...How might they do it in practice? Consider that some people are prone to voting conservative when confronted with fearful scenarios. If your psychological profile puts you in that group, a campaign could send you a message that ignites your fears in just the right way. And for your neighbor who gets mad at scaremongering? To her, they’ll present a commitment to a minor policy that the campaign knows she’s interested in—and make it sound like it’s a major commitment.
social-media  privacy  politics  elections 
march 2014 by jomc
Citizens, Denaturalization, and Assassination | Dissent Magazine
So far, none of the U.S. citizens who have attacked the United States have lost their citizenship—not the Times Square bomber, not al-Awlaki, and not the surviving brother accused in the Boston Marathon bombing. But with each domestic incident, the perception of such people as somehow “less than” American, and the vocabulary used to describe them as such, expands noticeably (why else would Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, by all accounts an all-American teenager who somehow veered off course, be continuously referred to as an “ethnic Chechen”?).
citizenship  politics 
march 2014 by jomc
Exhibition Traces Bauhaus Luminary’s Struggle With His Past -
As well as revealing rarely seen projects by one of the most important graphic designers of the 20th century, the exhibition, which runs through Feb. 24, raises fascinating questions about the relationship between design and politics. What are the political responsibilities of designers like Bayer? And how is their work affected by its political context, regardless of their personal politics?
design  politics 
january 2014 by jomc
South Sudan’s Tangled Crisis -
Reducing conflict to tribalism is particularly hazardous when applied to South Sudan. It is a country where foreign stakeholders have significant influence, and any push toward a tribally defined solution to the conflict — like a Bosnia-style ethnic power sharing deal — would be disastrous, for it would entrench and validate ethnic fissures, rather than give political power sharing a chance to smooth them over.
sudan  africa  politics 
january 2014 by jomc
Blackwater's Black Ops | The Nation
Some of the training Blackwater provided to Canadian military forces was in Blackwater/TRC's "Mirror Image" course, where trainees live as a mock Al Qaeda cell in an effort to understand the mindset and culture of insurgents. Company literature describes it as "a classroom and field training program designed to simulate terrorist recruitment, training, techniques and operational tactics." Documents show that in March 2009 Blackwater/TRC spent $6,500 purchasing local tribal clothing in Afghanistan as well as assorted "propaganda materials—posters, Pakistan Urdu maps, etc." for Mirror Image, and another $9,500 on similar materials this past January in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
design  politics  weird  fake 
december 2013 by jomc
Letters: Disagreements on definitions of the state | Society | The Guardian
How we think of the state, and what comprises it, affects how politics is done. Approaching the state as apparatuses and systems, as Kettle does, leads to the argument that we need more top-down control by elected government. Certainly, such practical reforms are needed. But if a progressive state is possible, we also need forms of thinking about the state that recognise the multiple ways people participate – as workers, community group members, service users, and residents. Control may be far from equal, but conceptualising the state in ways that treat human action including dissent – from rebellious schoolkids to discretion-exercising public officials – as an integral part, empowers us to think about how we inhabit and so can develop a more democratic state.
state  politics  theory 
november 2013 by jomc
Ron Paul fans furious over Rand Paul's drone flip-flop | FP Passport
"I've never argued against any technology being used when you have an imminent threat, an active crime going on," Paul said. "If someone comes out of a liquor store with a weapon and fifty dollars in cash. I don't care if a drone kills him or a policeman kills him."
politics  hypocracy 
october 2013 by jomc
I don’t stand with Russell Brand, and neither should you -
Brand patiently explained to his pompous interviewer that, no, we can’t offer you a pragmatic alternative program — we’re too entrenched in the ideology of the current one. We have to live, act, think differently, dissentfully, for new politics to emerge. I’m simplifying, of course. But the point is, I’ve learned to leave conversations when the “what do you propose instead?” question is posed to me qua anti-capitalist. If you had a blood-sucking monster on your face, I wouldn’t ask you what I should put there instead. I’d vanquish the blood-sucking monster. And it seems Brand is committed to do the same.
activism  politics  capitalism 
october 2013 by jomc
What is Love?: Queer Subcultures and the Political Present | e-flux
Sharon Hayes, Everything Else Has Failed! Don’t You Think It’s Time for Love?, 2009. Performance.

And her notion of love is inextricable from queer subcultural life: “The theater of queer love employs politics, poetics, and aesthetics in equal measure.”20 This love, for Roysdon, denies the very structures of dominant culture in part because of its refusal to differentiate among art, politics, and the social realm.
love  politics 
october 2013 by jomc
What is a "dirty little (or big) secret" about an industry that you have worked in, that people outside the industry really ought to know? : AskReddit
I work at a US lobbying firm, and I'm sure no Redditor would be shocked to hear that US legislators are ignorant. You might be surprised just HOW ill-informed a lot of them are, though. Like the Congressman who believed David Cameron was a member of the Socialist party. Or the one that asked me why we called it Russia now, not the USSR. Or the Senator who told me he'd grown up drinking sea water, and it was healthier for you. Or the governor who thought all Jews were killed by Hitler. The list could go on.
reddit  politics 
august 2013 by jomc
Veteran civil rights leader: Snowden acted in tradition of civil disobedience | World news |
"In keeping with the philosophy and the discipline of non-violence, in keeping with the teaching of Henry David Thoreau and people like Gandhi and others, if you believe something that is not right, something is unjust, and you are willing to defy customs, traditions, bad laws, then you have a conscience. You have a right to defy those laws and be willing to pay the price."

"That is what we did," he added. "I got arrested 40 times during the sixties. Since I've been in Congress I've been arrested four times. Sometimes you have to act by the dictates of your conscience. You have to do it."

...but then he took it all back
via tim c
politics  snowden 
august 2013 by jomc
The remarkable, unfathomable ignorance of Debbie Wasserman Schultz | Glenn Greenwald | Comment is free |
This is an elected official in Congress, the body that the Constitution designed to impose checks on the president's abuses of power, and she does not have the foggiest idea what is happening in the White House, and obviously does not care in the slightest, because the person doing it is part of the party she leads.
october 2012 by jomc
Home Is Where the Green Card Is -
So they came up with a third-country solution. My mother would fly to Vancouver, British Columbia, wearing an oversize raincoat just weeks before her due date. She would give birth at a local hospital, stay with her brother, who lived there, until my paperwork was processed, and return to Geneva with a Canadian baby in tow. It worked so well that she repeated the process four years later with my brother.
immigration  visas  nationality  politics 
august 2012 by jomc
Errol Morris: Interview with Adam Curtis
  I believe that historical analogies are always wrong.  This a long discussion, but, to me, the most dangerous thing about Chamberlain’s capitulation to Hitler at Munich is not the fact that Munich happened and it led to further Nazi aggression and so on and so forth, but that the example of Munich has been used to support thousands upon thousands of bad policies and inappropriate decisions.-errol morris
history  politics  culture 
february 2012 by jomc
Unity Mitford - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Her younger sister, Jessica, with whom she shared a bedroom, was a dedicated communist.[1] The two drew a chalk line down the middle. One side was decorated with hammers and sickles and pictures of Lenin, and the other decorated with swastikas and pictures of Adolf Hitler. Dalley commented "they were kids virtually, you don’t know how much it was just a game, a game that became deadly serious in later life."[5][6]
politics  nazi  history  soviet  children 
january 2012 by jomc
Supposing ... Subversive genius Banksy is actually rubbish | Comment is free | The Guardian
Here's a mystery for you. Renegade urban graffiti artist Banksy is clearly a guffhead of massive proportions, yet he's often feted as a genius straddling the bleeding edge of now. Why? Because his work looks dazzlingly clever to idiots. And apparently that'll do.
lol  charlie-brooker  politics  art  criticism  banksy  graffiti 
december 2011 by jomc
BBC - Newsnight: Paul Mason: Twenty reasons why it's kicking off everywhere
1. At the heart if it all is a new sociological type: the graduate with no future

>>from february
egypt  politics  activism  occupywallst  arab-spring 
october 2011 by jomc
Daily Kos: Open Letter to that 53% Guy
Here’s how a liberal looks at it:  a long time ago workers in this country realized that industrialization wasn’t making their lives better, but worse.  The captains of industry were making a ton of money and living a merry life far away from the dirty, dangerous factories they owned, and far away from the even dirtier and more dangerous mines that fed raw materials to those factories....
Eventually, somebody came up with the slogan, “8 hours of work, 8 hours of leisure, 8 hours of sleep” to divide the 24-hour day into what was considered a fair allocation of a human’s time. It wasn’t a slogan that was immediately accepted.
politics  liberalism  economics  99percent  time 
october 2011 by jomc
The Woman Who Knew Too Much | Politics | Vanity Fair
“We cannot run our country without a strong middle class. We cannot run a democracy without a strong middle class,” she said, her voice quavering slightly. “If we hollow out the middle class,” she said, “then the country we know is gone.
economics  politics  quotes  elizabeth-warren  money  class  99percent 
october 2011 by jomc
Civil Rights and Black Identity
We can never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was "legal" and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was "illegal." It was "illegal" to aid and comfort a Jew in Hitler's Germany. -MLK
activism  politics  race  history  hitler  nazi  legal  legal-positivism  philosophy  quotes 
august 2011 by jomc
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Displays War Rugs from Afghanistan
Some rugs incorporate subtle imagery visible only upon close inspection: trapezoidal shapes come into focus as tanks and irregular geometric outlines become rows of assault rifles or aircraft. The dimensions of those pieces, combined with their delicate patterns and high quality, lead Allen to believe they were made for natives.
craft  politics  war 
may 2011 by jomc
Frieze Magazine | Archive | Good Intentions
Take a good look at the institutions that host these exhibitions, and a familiar medley of programming emerges. An annual line-up may include one show devoted to gender, another to Islam, and perhaps another to Israel to balance out the former – and rarely is the work of artists whose politics we don’t like featured. In other words, these exhibitions favour simplicity over complexity: they are ‘politically correct’. They also all-too-commonly carry with them gratuitous references to the Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben – watered-down versions of his ideas have become lazy shorthand for any situation of crisis and asymmetrical power. Hail the superfluous name-check, hail the Agamben Effect!
art  politics  recession  philosophy 
april 2011 by jomc
‘Countdown Clocks’ Became Part of Shutdown Story -
The clocks “satisfy a basic desire that we can bring politics down to crisp deadlines and hard numbers — stuff that’s usually the realm of sportswriters,”
clocks  time  politics 
april 2011 by jomc
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