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The Politics of Fear

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Originally published in Issue 6, “Mainstream.”

21 March 2008

The left might have the opportunity, in the crisis of global warming, to tip the ongoing rulemaking of the economic world-system in favor of regulation rather than laissez-faire; to restrain the growth of current concentrations of capital within extracting and polluting sectors; and to reintroduce an essentially aesthetic criterion into the ongoing dollar valuation of the entire world. More…

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18 March 2008

There are people whom capitalism pretends to cherish by never letting them rest; others that capitalism has no use for at all; and the narrow, specialized labors of both groups are pressed into the service of heaping up goods for those who can hardly enjoy them—an arrangement the price of which is global warming. The common term for this collective situation is “freedom.” More…

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4 December 2007

We must reject the coercive rhetoric of constant growth, and stop thinking of our way of life (which is so anomalous in the history of the world, and even in the world today) as immutable. This is not a moral challenge, but a practical and philosophical one. Can we think of ourselves sufficiently differently to save ourselves? More…

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2 December 2007

No social change is possible without a great deal of uncertainty, and even the production of insecurity. While it may seem odd to take aim at environmentalism while the uglier war on terror still presides, it is because we wish to move past the politics of fear that we should subject all the alternatives to rigorous scrutiny. More…

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