Surveillance, Dissent, and Imperialism

The Inner-Outer Dialectic of US Imperialism There are many ways that imperial expansion abroad can tie in with the socio-economic conditions and political relations that primarily pertain to the domestic sector of the imperial state. On the other hand, it is not worth overemphasizing the separation of the “domestic” and “foreign,” a fact widely recognized… Read More Surveillance, Dissent, and Imperialism

An Open Letter to the Media on the “Irony” of Snowden’s Request for Asylum in Venezuela and Ecuador

The supposed “irony” of whistle-blower Edward Snowden seeking asylum in countries such as Ecuador and Venezuela has become a media meme. Numerous articles, op-eds, reports and editorials in outlets such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, and MSNBC have hammered on this idea since the news first broke… Read More An Open Letter to the Media on the “Irony” of Snowden’s Request for Asylum in Venezuela and Ecuador

From Racism to Neoliberalism to National Security: AFRICOM and R2P

In a relatively short piece, Glen Ford is able to trace the genealogical links from racism and Eurocentric perspectives of “civilization”  to neoliberalism, heightened militarism, and the expansion of the national security state. He then ties these historical streams together in current phenomena, such as the “responsibility to protect” and the work of the U.S.… Read More From Racism to Neoliberalism to National Security: AFRICOM and R2P