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<nettime> dark days
Felix Stalder on Wed, 12 Jun 2013 10:19:34 +0200 (CEST)


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<nettime> dark days


There are dark days, these days. We have the privilege of observing
different levels of repression working at the same time, ranging from
blanket surveillance of every electronic communication, to sending
out riot police to expel civil society and its mainly symbolic
forms of resistance from public spaces, in London and Istanbul,
to the Greek Government turning off public television from one
day to another, under the EU/IMF dictate, which even the IMF has
admitted to not working. The list could go on and on, including drone
strikes, austerity politics creating a lost generation across Europe,
daemonization of hacking ...

Now, each of these events has a complicated, independent prehistory,
but their concurrence is not coincidence but an indicator of the
depth of the global crises, the failure and blow-back of neo-liberal
globalization, the extra-ordinary anti-democratic steps that the
elites are willing to take to stabilize this system, and the weakness
of any form of organized alternative.

It seems like the window for meaningful chance that the crisis opened
is closing. And it might be closed for a while.






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