"Democracy has become Empire’s euphemism for neo-liberal capitalism."
— Arundhati Roy, An Ordinary Person’s Guide to Empire (via riseabovethemadness)
(Source: takhtee, via riseabovethemadness)
"We must cease once and for all to describe the effects of power in negative terms […] In fact, power produces; it produces reality; it produces domains of objects and rituals of truth. The individual and the knowledge that may be gained of him belong to this production."
— Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish (via insertpropagandahere)
"A Jewish-Jewish debate has heated up in recent years in the United States with new critical voices of Israel taking centre stage. Such healthy debate is not unique in American politics. Immigrant communities like Cubans, Irish and Armenians do the same. But confining the US debate on Palestine and the Arab world to a mere intra-Zionist debate is counterproductive. It’s narrowly defining and largely dictating the larger debate over US policy towards the Arab-Israeli conflict. It renders the Palestinians relevant only by what they mean to Israel, not for who they are or how they are related to the larger Arab or Muslim worlds."
— Marwan Bishara, “Palestine as an Exclusively Jewish Issue in the US”
"Yet, while everyone seems to recognize the importance of early-childhood education, the working conditions of early-childhood educators too often go ignored. Usually paid less than other educators, they often receive little or no training and have less room to grow professionally. At the same time, they often have longer working hours and less time to prepare activities or perform administrative tasks."
— International Labour Organization, “Fair Play: Decent Work for Early Childhood Educators”
"Let me explain: the theoretical Marxist preparation offered to Tunisian students was not very in-depth; nor was it developed very deeply. The real debate among them, on the choices of strategy and tactics, on what to do, did not involve a detailed analysis of the various Marxist ideological tendencies. It was something else entirely. And that led me to believe that without a doubt the role of political ideology, or of a political perception of the world, was indispensable to the goal of setting off the struggle; on the other hand, I could see that the precision of theory, its scientific character, was an entirely secondary question that functioned in the debates more as a means of deception than as a truthful, correct, and proper criterion of conduct."
— Michel Foucault, Remarx on Marx p. 137 (via post-makhno)
"Sometimes, carrying on, just carrying on, is the superhuman achievement."
— Albert Camus, The Fall (via peakcapitolism)
(Source: circumarticulation, via foucault-the-haters)
"From the Classical age, language is deployed within representation and in that duplication of itself which hollows itself out. Henceforth, the primary Text is effaced, and with it, the entire, inexhaustible foundation of the words whose mute being was inscribed in things; all that remains is representation, unfolding in the verbal signs that manifest it, and hence becoming discourse. For the enigma of a speech which a second language must interpret is substituted the essential discursivity of representation: the open possibility, as yet neutral and undifferentiating, but which it will be the task of discourse to fulfil and to determine. When this discourse becomes in turn an object of language, it is not questioned as if it were saying something without actually saying it, as if it were a language enclosed upon itself; one no longer attempts to uncover the great enigmatic statement that lies hidden beneath its signs; one asks how it functions: what representations it designates, what elements it cuts out and removes, how it analyses and composes, what play of substitutions enables it to accomplish its role of representation. Commentary has yielded to criticism."
— Michel Foucault, The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences