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Derek Hook and Clifford L. Staples

Climate of Fear: The Quest for Dignity in a Dehumanized World (The BBC Reith Lectures) Derek Hook

Racism: A Short History Clifford L. Staples

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Civil Disobedience and Terrorism

Testing the Limits of Deliberative Democracy

Michael Allen

This article explores the boundaries of the commitment of deliberative democrats to communication and persuasion over threats and intimidation through examining the hard cases of civil disobedience and terrorism. The case of civil disobedience is challenging as deliberative democrats typically support this tactic under certain conditions, yet such a move threatens to blur the Habermasian distinction between instrumental and communicative action that informs many accounts of deliberative democracy. However, noting that civil disobedience is deemed acceptable to many deliberative democrats so long as it remains 'relevantly tied to the objective of communicative action', Allen holds that certain kinds of terrorism cannot be ruled out either. Whilst acknowledging that the deliberative democrat cannot really justify taking life as a tactic to induce deliberation, as 'dead people cannot deliberate', Allen notes that this does not rule out terrorism per se, the object of which is not death so much as generating overwhelming fear. Further, while a permanent condition of fear would set limits on deliberation, limited and temporary physical harm to persons need not. This implies that deliberative democrats must explain why intentionally causing some physical harm to property or persons is always an illegitimate form of communication.

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The U.S. Economic Crisis

A Marxian Analysis

Richard D. Wolff

The U.S. economy’s high-tech sector (internet, computers, telecommunications, etc.) burst its classic speculative bubble in 2000. The Nasdaq stock market lost 40 per cent of its value during the year and lost another 20 per cent in the first quarter of 2001. The Nasdaq dragged down most other stock market indicators in the U.S. Trillions of dollars in U.S. wealth vanished. The wealthiest citizens turned away from the stock market as rapid losses replaced the absurdly high gains of 1999. Other U.S. citizens watched in horror as their recent expansions of securities holdings rapidly shrank in value (also confronting many with vanished savings and reduced retirement benefits since their pensions were invested in ‘history’s greatest boom’). See Appendix 5 for the details on U.S. stock ownership patterns. Industries began to scale back their investment programs as rapid growth shifted to slow growth and recession loomed. The majority of workers slowed their spending and their accumulation of debt because of falling stock prices and because they fear a recession’s impact on wages, benefits, and job security. All these negative developments are continuing into 2001.

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Pan-African Linguistic and Cultural Unity

A Basis For pan-Africanism and the African Renaissance

Simphiwe Sesanti

language ( wa Thiong’o 1993: 41 ). While the call for an African continental language is both revolutionary and noble, the fear of linguistic domination of one ethnic group by another should not be underestimated. In a recent informal conversation (2017

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Something Gleaming

Exemplary Resistance and the Shadows of Complicity

Bronwyn Leebaw

unwilling to challenge corrupt politicians’ (2004). The stigmatisation of those who question political authorities reinforces an atmosphere of fear and passivity, observes Broz, and prevents people from taking steps to hold leaders accountable for abuse and

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Patrick Cockburn

of Eduardo Peñalver and Sonia Katyal (2010) , is that the fear of ‘need’ as a point of reference in legal reasoning about property is misplaced. What courts have denied in principle – that need matters – they have repeatedly supported in practice

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Virile Resistance and Servile Collaboration

Interrupting the Gendered Representation of Betrayal in Resistance Movements

Maša Mrovlje

. First, I trace how oppressive understandings of sexual difference stem from the dominant masculinist fear of, even hostility against, the inescapable conditions of human embodiment and finitude. I unearth how this hostility has led to powerful myths of

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Some Senses of Pan-Africanism from the South

Christopher Allsobrook

Jabavu’s scheme was stoked by fears of ‘Ethiopian’ separatist churches in the early 1900s and by the radicalisation of black students who were going abroad to study at various African American colleges when denied entrance at home. Fearful white funding

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Rianna Oelofsen

why the kind of reconciliation pursued through the TRC in South Africa does not need to result in a denial of justice as Mamdani fears. The article’s overall aim is to clarify the relationship between the concepts of reconciliation, punishment and

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Deleuze's Postscript on the Societies of Control

Updated for Big Data and Predictive Analytics

James Brusseau

, ‘ to fear or hope, but only to look for new weapons ’ ( Deleuze 1992: 4 ). Today, the question is: New weapons to fight whom? The idea of agony and struggle against forces of social organisation and the powers-that-be has not aged well. The