Notes on Libya

In April 2011, when the scholar Horace Campbell met with a small group of Angolan youth in Luanda, he did something unusual. He warned them to be careful in how they resisted their government. He said Angola was rich with resources, and it would not take much for “the militarists to drum up some pretext …

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Progress, Progressivism, and Progressives: An Anthropologists’ Perspective

Political discussions within the United States quickly bog down into meaningless party partisanship, often utilizing labels without clearly elucidating what they mean. Here Dr. Maximilian C. Forte discusses the US Progressive movement — one of the two poles on the great imperial engine of US politics, Populism being positioned as the other. His piece is …

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NGO’s and Empire Maintenance: Aid distributors versus popular sovereignty

“If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” – Aboriginal activists group, Queensland, 1970s Among the many foibles and spectacles which have characterized the presidency of Donald J. Trump, was his threat to …

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Empires of Aid and Compassion: Foundations as Architects of Neoliberalism

“They seriously and very sentimentally set themselves to the task of remedying the evils that they see in poverty, but their remedies do not cure the disease: they merely prolong it… the proper aim is to try and reconstruct society on such a basis that poverty will be impossible.” (Oscar Wilde on philanthropists, quoted in …

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Decolonizing Latin America as Social Geography: Comments on Charles Mann’s 1491.

[Image: Presencia de América Latina (Presence of Latin America, 1964–65) is a 300 square meters (3,200 sq ft) mural at the hall of the Arts House of the University of Concepción, Chile. It is also known as Latin America's Integration (Wikimedia Commons)] The origins of Latin America and the Caribbean as a place involve layers of designations of …

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Aunque mi amo me mate, a la mina no voy

"Even if my master kills me, I shall not go to the mine." So go the lyrics of a popular song in the Pacific lowlands. They serve as a reminder of black resistance during slavery times in this region. By withdrawing their bodies - essential tools of capital accumulation  in the alluvial gold mines - …

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Economic Citizenship and Resource Nationalism

Summary: Dr. Max Forte outlines a proposal for the renewal of citizenship and democracy in Canada in the context of decolonization and working-class resistance.  What is resource nationalism, and why is it important? One of Wikipedia’s shortest entries, “resource nationalism” nonetheless appears in 372 files published by WikiLeaks. Resource nationalism seems to be of especial …

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