Archive | Political Theory

18 March 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Japan On The Brink of Nuclear Disaster: Is It Time to Deconstruct Nuclear Threats Yet?

The nuclear fallout from Japan has reached my state of California. Reportedly, the level of radiation is not dangerous to the people of the West Coast so they do not need to take those iodine pills. I’m plagued with a different question. Here’s a possible nuclear threat that no country has placed as part of […]

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29 October 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Paper: The Construction of Indian-Hindu nationalism and Implications of India’s Future as a Postcolonial State

This paper is a critique of International Relations and an approach to the question of India using an alternative nationalism model. Specifically, this is a Subaltern Studies approach to doing International Relations, which serves the purpose of discarding the notion of India as a homogeneous state unit and elaborating on the contestations involved for the […]

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13 October 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Immanuel Wallerstein – The Worst is Yet to Come

To quote him, ‘the worst is yet to come.’ I am not a doomsayer but Immanuel Wallerstein is a much respected economist, credited for World Systems Theory. I would usually stray away from predictions about economic matters but Wallerstein is absolutely correct that the crisis is not over–booms and bursts are inherent in the capitalist […]

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27 August 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Book Review – Beyond Walls: Reinventing the Canada-United States Borderlands

I just finished a book review for the Journal of Landscape Research. The book is aptly titled ‘Beyond Walls: Reinventing the Canada-United States Borderlands‘ because the entire book is a complete reinvention, devoid of much historical understanding or exploration of how the Canada-U.S. border is so ‘benign.’ Of course, I was nicer in my book […]

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01 July 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Mixing Marxist Economics with Creation Theory

So I was looking for economics papers I had written during college and just found this piece in an email to a professor. Adam and Eve used to live happily in the Garden of Eden, with all resources in pristine and abundant condition. However, one day, Eve was tempted by Lucifer (just another “angel” who […]

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05 April 2009 ~ 0 Comments

North Korea Is Not a Threat – Unveiling Hegemonic Discourses

That security is socially constructed does not mean that there are not to be found real, material conditions that help to create particular interpretations of threats, or that such conditions are irrelevant to either the creation or undermining of the assumptions underlying security policy. Enemies, in part, “create” each other, via the projections of their […]

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20 November 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Quote of the Week – 'Politics is a lot like Sex'

Jennifer Beals at the L5 Convention in UK this past weekend said as one of her parting messages that politics is a lot like sex: “If you want something, you have to ask for it, If they’re not doing it right you’ve got to speak up and show them and If you still don’t get […]

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18 November 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Marx Gets A Manga Makeover and More

While George Bush preached ‘market fundamentalism’ yet again at weekend the photo-op named the G-20 summit, the ‘leaders’ agreed upon further stimulatory spending to stabilize the financial system, and to ‘reform’ the IMF and World Bank as global financial instruments. In the midst of this world recession precipitated by the U.S. housing crisis and poor […]

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14 November 2008 ~ 0 Comments

The Perversion of Tolerance – I Don't want to be 'Tolerated' and neither should you

Tolerance is intolerant and demands assimilation. —Herman Broch, cited in the Jewish Museum, Vienna, Austria Conversely, what is proclaimed and practiced as tolerance today, is in many of its most effective manifestations serving the cause of oppression. -Herbert Marcuse The mainstream, alternative press and bloggers are so inundated and knee-deep in the discourse of tolerance […]

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22 October 2008 ~ 0 Comments

San Francisco May Become First City in the United States to Decriminalize Prostitution

And Michael Foucault wishes from his grave that he could have lived 25 years more had it not been for his misadventures in Iran. (Hey, I love Foucault) The jibe was in reference to his opposition to the repression of human sexuality and how governments had made ‘prostitution’ into a social problem. Government control of […]

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