John Weeks On Greece: A spectre is haunting Europe — the spectre of democracy

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John Weeks has an excellent article on OpenDemocracy siteA spectre is haunting Europe — the spectre of democracy. In this essay he clearly shows that Troika has no intentions of sponsoring any real substantive economic bailout for Greece. In fact many of its members of Troika have set the new and belligerent neo-reactionary tone:

In pursuit of setting “the EU’s political agenda”, Mr Tusk cemented his right-wing credentials by stating publicly that “I am really afraid of this ideological or political contagion, not financial contagion, of this Greek crisis”. Lest anyone miss his point, the former Polish prime minister went on to say that his concern was caused by the “radical leftist illusion that you can build some alternative” to the EU’s neoliberal economic model.

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On Jean Baudrillard’s Pataphysics

Joseph Nechvatal has a great intro to one of the earliest works of Jean Baudrillard on Pataphysics! A small text of 15 pages by Baudrillard, but of interest to those who can understand how modernism still lives on within simulation…

Hyper-Noise Aesthetics

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On
Jean Baudrillard
Pataphysics
London: Institute of Pataphysics and Atlas Press

The cultural philosopher Jean Baudrillard’s birthday is on July 27th and I thought it might be worthwhile to review his very first text, one that is relatively unknown to the general public. Many in the art world are familiar at least with ideas from his seminal 1981 book Simulacra and Simulation where he mulls over Marshall Mcluhan’s observations on art and media in relation to the simulacra with such gems as, “There is not only an implosion of the message in the medium, there is, in the same movement, the implosion of the medium itself in…

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