Category Archives: Capitalism

National distractions: Does draconian democracy deconstruct the administrative state

By ann summers Like Caliguila’s horse, Draco (not the Harry Potter one) ordered death penalties for cabbage theft, but had no cure for a leader who also had the mind of one. The Trump Cabinet continues to surprise us with … Continue reading

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Depression-era policy to return for farmers screwed by Trump trade war.

 By ann summers Grand Kleptocrat Trump will crater the US economy because he thinks trade wars are simply about firms, industries, and markets, rather than people working and living in regions. It’s not as simple as the revanchist profit touted by Agent Orange. … Continue reading

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Oh look, moving the US embassy will make them forget about everything else …Not

By ann summers Since November, the accidental president has been trying to escape having won by the perfect storm of Russian intervention, voter suppression, covert sexism/racism, and strategic dirty tricks. #TrumpRussia continues its dogged march, with Mike Flynn’s deal with … Continue reading

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“The Declaration of Independence is an ‘Enlightenment-era rule written by anti-government extremists’” and other FCC pay toilet fictions

  By ann summers If the @FCC kills #netneutrality, everyday people lose. It’s not good for science because it puts up barriers to accessing information and spreading ideas. This isn’t a partisan issue — it’s about keeping the playing field … Continue reading

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Titling the post-Trump biopic… Get The Bigly Shorty, or Derp in Paradise Papers

By ann summers There probably have been numerous Trump biography projects already underway, perhaps even one started when we thought he would lose the Electoral College vote. We already have some interesting, even landmark films about a variety of financial scandals, … Continue reading

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Pilot Fish and Zombies: G20 and why Trumpian Mad Cows have eaten our brains

By ann summers The pilot fish is sometimes used as a metaphor or simile; “they are like the pilot fish to the shark, serving to lead him to his victim”. Pilot fish are also used as a metaphor or simile … Continue reading

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Will the Democratic party recuperate from Late Capitalism’s biggest joke

  By ann summers Because you voted for Trump and regret it doesn’t mean you should disavow politics in the future and there may be hope for some transformational movement and/or candidates. Assuming you believe in an emancipatory left, you’ve stuck it … Continue reading

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Trump devolves the US into profit-taking chaos, putting the “la(t)te” into late capitalism

By ann summers Whether it’s the amusing “deconstruction of the administrative state” or “reinstating Glass-Steagall” the realities of late capitalism are represented in Trump’s self-dealing using some time-honored tools of usury and the manipulations of money, value and data emblematic … Continue reading

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#TrumpRussia – “Grab them by the… Catfishing POTUS45*

  By ann summers “We use the word Catfish to describe online hoaxes where someone falsely represents themselves on the internet, due to various new forms of media such as chartrooms, Facebook, online dating, and so on…” Trump is our … Continue reading

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Swann’s Way: anarchist cybernetics & organizational dynamics in politics

By ann summers I came across this published dissertation that while symptomatic of the state of academic process in terms of using some rather tired qualitative methods, it also showed that some interesting ideas do happen. Think ‘Lost in Translation’ … Continue reading

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