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The "Yellow Vests" Show How Much the Ground Moves Under Our Feet | Infoshop News
It strikes me that the profound confusion, even incredulity, displayed by the French commentariat—and even more, the world commentariat—in the face of each successive “Acte” of the Gilets Jaunes drama, now rapidly approaching its insurrectionary climax, is a result of a near total inability to take account of the ways that power, labour, and the movements ranged against power, have changed over the last 50 years, and particularly, since 2008. Intellectuals have for the most part done an extremely poor job understanding these changes.
politics  france  neoliberalism  anarchism  argument 
23 hours ago by kmt
interfluidity » Authority
More often than not, there is not so much cognitive dissonance. Most of us, most of the time, take a huge variety of conjectural “social facts” as given, condition our behavior as if they were true, and to the degree that we even give them a second thought, we believe them to be true. I log into my bank’s website, and check the balance of my account. Most of the time, I take the number presented as an authoritative representation of how much money I have “there”. I would prefer, quite strongly, that the number be millions larger, and my deposit balance at a bank is nothing more or less than what the bank acknowledges that it owes to me, so it is in a small way extraordinary that the bank and I are so willing to agree, despite diametrically opposed economic interests on the matter. But the miracle of authority is that it quells many disputes so thoroughly that parties don’t even imagine that there is any ambiguity or question to argue about. Authoritative information presents itself as factual, even when it (like a bank balance) has no external, empirical referent and is purely a social construction.
culture  ethics  argument  sociology  politics 
2 days ago by kmt
The antidote to civilisational collapse - Open Future
I’ve always liked “War and Peace” where the two central figures are Napoleon and a Russian general called Kutuzov. Napoleon thinks you can control the whole world and make it your own. But Kutuzov, who everyone derides in the novel and who is in charge of defending Moscow, says “No, you can’t control the world because it’s chaos—but there are moments within the chaos that you can use for your own purpose”. That’s what politics is about. It’s exciting and dynamic. It’s got a narrative to it and, like good journalism, it responds to what’s happening.
adam-curtis  politics  argument  interview  power  journalism  neoliberalism 
3 days ago by kmt
Josh Gerstein on Twitter: ""Matthew Whitaker is no vice-consul to Siam. And Jeff Sessions did not depart for the other side of the planet by steamship, gravely ill, leaving no other Senate-confirmed official behind."… https://t.c
"Matthew Whitaker is no vice-consul to Siam. And Jeff Sessions did not depart
for the other side of the planet by steamship, gravely ill, leaving no other Senate-confirmed official behind. (..)
This is a court proceeding. Not musical chairs."
trump  whitaker  scotus  argument  lawyer  language 
4 days ago by gohai
The Fallacy of the ‘I Turned Out Fine’ Argument - The New York Times
[W]e fall victim to anecdote, rely on our availability heuristic (thereby dismissing all broader data to the contrary), dismiss alternate views, fail to learn and progress by engaging with a challenging idea.
logicalfallacy  argument 
9 days ago by toastednut
Econ Majors Graduate With a Huge Knowledge Gap - Bloomberg
What's needed is a mandatory course on ethics and the limits of knowledge.
reading  economics  teaching  ethics  academia  argument 
11 days ago by kmt

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