Half-Heads: A Dominant Force in US Politics

“Half-head”: this signifies a way of approaching problems that involves efficient thinking, where efficiency comes from an intensely selective focus. A half-headed approach could be a combination of unspoken or unconscious interests, the accumulation of taboos around certain subjects, the desire to appeal to select audiences, the product of an ideology—some or all of these,… Read More Half-Heads: A Dominant Force in US Politics

A Neoliberal Coup: The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)

The following is a series of extracts from Mathieu Guerin’s chapter, “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Wage Labour: The American Legislative Exchange Council and the Neoliberal Coup,” published in Good Intentions: Norms and Practices of Imperial Humanitarianism (Montreal: Alert Press, 2014), pp. 121-145: Overview: Mathieu Guerin produces a fascinating investigation and theoretical discussion of… Read More A Neoliberal Coup: The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)

Defense Contractors from Dante’s Circles of Hell: Sequel to Human Terrain System I?

As of 11 October 2010, 23 contractors had expressed an interest in running the US Army’s Human Terrain System and getting a share, or all, of the $7 million that comes with a contract award. Within that group of 23 contractors are some that have already had extensive experience with the US Army’s Human Terrain… Read More Defense Contractors from Dante’s Circles of Hell: Sequel to Human Terrain System I?