“The withering away of the state was not the withering away of the bourgeois state but the withering away of the proletarian state. The neoliberal state (Paul Passavant had a compelling article in Theory & Event a few years ago about the strong neoliberal state) is happy to serve the corporations instead of the people, letting people fend for themselves as virtual monopolies extract every last cent, even extending the very sense of ‘last’ into future debts impossible to repay. Billions of dollars in corporate lobbying should tell us something: the state is one of the few institutions big enough to create, thwart, challenge, and eliminate entire market sectors. It doesn’t need to be abandoned. It needs to be seized.”—iCite.. The blog of Jodi Dean (W(h)ither the state post) (via oblast) (via jhnbrssndn)
Seventy journalists were killed in 2009, making it the worst year since records began 30 years ago, the Committee to Protect Journalists says. A massacre of 31 journalists in the Philippines broke the old record of 67 deaths, set only in 2007.
Some 150 journalists are currently in jail, including 60 in Iran where the CJP says the authorities have in effect criminalised journalism. The group said online journalists were particularly vulnerable to repression.
According to its report, Attacks on the Press 2009, online reporters made up more than half of the news workers in prison worldwide. As in the previous 10 years, China remained the world’s worst jailer of journalists - with 24 being held.
After dropping out of college and getting a full-time job, I splurged and bought an Alexander McQueen coat. On sale, but it still seemed like a small fortune. Must’ve been in 1999 or 2000. Dark grey wool, with strong shoulders, a narrow waist and a skirt that split wide open from the waist to a full hem. A tailored, almost equestrian cut. To make up for that distinguished grey, the lining had a wide fluorescent yellow stripe just above the hem, that would flash colour as the coat swung open. The bright yellow always reminded me of racing silks, and I adored my McQueen.
When I first saw this image in 1997 I remember photocopying it a million times. I couldn’t believe or fully understand what was in front of me, but I knew that it was incredibly beautiful and to this day it is one of the most striking images I have ever seen. It kind of changed my life and introduced me to Alexander McQueen: one of the first designers that inspired me to follow my dreams and move to New York City. His untimely passing breaks my heart and I know that I nor the fashion world will be the same without his talent and genius.
“The salient fact is that, their protests to the contrary, the wealth of those at the apex of the money machine was not the result of the operation of “free markets” or any neutral system. The banking industry for the better part of two decades has fought hard to create a playing field skewed in their favor, with it permissible to sell complex products with hidden bad features to customers often incapable of understanding them. By contrast, one of the factors that needs to be in place for markets to produce desirable outcomes is for buyers and sellers to have the same information about the product and the objectives of the seller. Similarly, the concentrated capital flows, often too-low interest rates, and asymmetrical Federal Reserve actions (cutting rates fast when markets look rocky, being very slow to raise rates and telegraphing that intent well in advance) that are the most visible manifestations of two decades of bank-favoring policies, are the equivalent of massive subsidies. And that’s before we get to the elephant in the room, the massive subsidies to the banksters that took place during the crisis and continue today. We have just been through the greatest looting of the public purse in history, and Obama tries to pass it off as meritocracy in action.”—naked capitalism (via azspot) (via jhnbrssndn)