Hey you in the shoes, here’s your evening blogroll!

1) What can Foucault teach us about police urbanization?  http://www.opendemocracy.net/opensecurity/stephen-graham/foucault%E2%80%99s-boomerang-new-military-urbanism

For the record, I think these trends are far more open and transparent than this author credits (he uses “stealthy”), but police militarization is something that Radley Balko has written a book about, and I’m anxious to read his book on the subject.  I’m skeptical whether increases in police militarization is the result of urban movement, and more of a result of recent wars, and bloated defense budgets.  And I roll my eye a bit at the claim that the neoliberal world order is to blame for militarization trends (states are probably going to arm and seek out information regardless of the overarching worldview) but I do think Foucault can again remind us that governmentality is never too far behind, and always eager to control.  But, again, I think his Left comrades miss the point that these warnings are not limited to  right-wing or liberal regime types.  Remember, one of Foucault’s main focuses was to ask not why gulags existed, but why Marxism allowed gulags to exist.  His analysis of power cuts across all of political theory.

**Warning:  gag–inducing term “neo-liberal” is used**

2)  Another type of argument for the Universal Basic Income?: http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2014/01/27/andrew-coyne-raising-minimum-wage-wont-help-end-poverty-but-giving-the-poor-more-money-will/  I’m becoming more sympathetic to the idea, at least as an alternative to minimum wage.  But I’m also afraid it would bundle up with bad policies, and not replace them.

3)  Orthodox priests stand between protestors in Ukraine.  As most of the images from the country has been recently, these are quite powerful, : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/24/kiev-protests-priests_n_4660431.html

4 ) Why did Orwell write 1984?: “I think, and have thought ever since the war began, in 1936 or thereabouts, that our cause is the better, but we have to keep on making it the better, which involves constant criticism.” http://www.openculture.com/2014/01/george-orwell-explains-in-a-revealing-1944-letter-why-hed-write-1984.html

5)  What did Frederick Douglass learn from Adam Smith?  (We can learn that abolitionists, or those associated, were more or less (classical) liberals, or associated with the larger liberal political program at the time.) http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/01/frederick_dougl.html

Peace.

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