US Sovereignty and Economic Exceptionalism

The following is an extract from Karine Perron’s chapter, “The International Economic Sovereignty of the United States of America: Integrating the Exception to our Understanding of Empire,” published in Good Intentions: Norms and Practices of Imperial Humanitarianism (Montreal: Alert Press, 2014), pp. 105-120: Overview: Karine Perron addresses the scope of US capacity to influence and… Read More US Sovereignty and Economic Exceptionalism

Which States? Which Secrets? Secrets from Whom?

From the journal of the World Policy Institute comes “The Big Question“ for its Fall issue on Secrecy and Security. I have maintained a research interest in the area of the anthropology of secrecy, and understandings of power in connection with secrecy in both anthropological theory and in the work of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks (more to come… Read More Which States? Which Secrets? Secrets from Whom?

Second Decade of the New American Century: A Clockwork Orange Meets American Psycho

“The United States will protect its people and advance our prosperity irrespective of the actions of any other nation…” President Barak Obama in National Security Strategy of the United States, 2010 The American Empire is not in decline. It is rebooting for a new era of dominance. The American Empire’s success depends on successfully converting… Read More Second Decade of the New American Century: A Clockwork Orange Meets American Psycho

Ward Churchill v. “The Good Americans”: How Churchill’s Critics Made His Case

“I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed . . . without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today — my own government.” — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., April 1967, Riverside, California. While I am not prepared to predict the outcome of… Read More Ward Churchill v. “The Good Americans”: How Churchill’s Critics Made His Case