Courts don’t protect democracy. They protect a status quo that favors the filthy rich.
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About Ed Walker
Notre Dame undergrad (math); JD, Indiana University at Bloomington; 1st Lieutenant, US Army.; private practice in corporate and securities law; Assistant AG in Tennessee for consumer protection and securities; Blue Sky Securities Commissioner, Tennessee; private practice, bankruptcy and corporate law.
I have had a lifelong interest in economics. For most of my career, that interest was practical, focused on the problems in front of me. Lately I have been more interested in economics as a theory, especially its impact on the lives of people like those I met in my bankruptcy practice, and on the politics of money in the US. I also enjoy reading philosophers, starting in college and steadily expanding my reading ever since. I wrote at FireDogLake for a number of years.
Generally, I think the problem facing the US is the dominance of neoliberal discourse. I think it clouds the vision, and limits the kinds of problems that can be identified and solved. For example, the existence and danger of climate change can easily be identified in a scientific discussion. However, the problem does not fit the neoliberal discourse because science insists that the pursuit of individual and corporate self-interest will lead to devastation. In neoliberal discourse, the pursuit of self-interest always leads to Eden.
The neoliberal project has two prongs. One is the police function of crushing dissent and alternative views. The police function is provided by government agencies and private and institutional actors. The counterpart is the economic system , which is operated by government and by private and institutional actors. Some of these actors operate in both spheres. I focus on the second prong.
Foucault writes about power relations, something we don’t see in The Dawn Of Everything
There wasn’t an Agricultural Revolution, and farming didn’t create the Patriarchy.
Smoked fish or porridge for breakfast?
Forager societies were more sophisticated than we think. Members of those groups prized their personal freedom but we’ve forgotten that.
This screed is Alito’s actual opinion. No change in the final form changes that central fact.
SCOTUS is leaving our rights to state government.
Winning isn’t everything. It’s the only thing for the right wing.
The Promised Land
Posts on The Dawn Of Everything: Link Posts on Pierre Bourdieu and Symbolic Violence: link Posts trying to cope with the absurd state of political discourse: link Posts on Freedom and Equality. link Chapter 3 of The Dawn Of Everything begins with a history of the human species, starting three million years ago. David Graeber […]