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“the removal of public scrutiny and debate, with the result that issues of social justice are transformed into technocratic matters to be resolved by managers, ‘experts’, or in this case, humanitarian celebrities

Thus, when celebrities speak for the Third World on issues of debt or poverty, or NGOs
act as ‘witnesses’ on behalf of disaster ‘victims’, they reduce the Other into passive bystander, unilaterally representing her/his needs and desires.”

Helps “decaffeinate” capitalism
Uses the ‘caring’ language of corporate ‘social responsibility’


The concept of the other

promotes a ‘Self’ usually based on explicitly western values such as individualism and consumerism.
ideologically constructs a disadvantaged and downtrodden non-western ‘other’.

The concept of ‘The Other’:
“She is defined and differentiated with reference to man and not he with reference to her; she is the incidental, the inessential as opposed to the essential. He is the Subject (or Self), he is the Absolute – she is the Other”
(Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex, 1948).



a way of seeing that imagines, emphasizes, exaggerates, and distorts differences of Arab ppl and culture as compared to that of Europe and the US

- involves seeing Arab culture as exotic, backwards, uncivilized, and at times dangerous

- Edward W. Said - book "Orientalism" - acceptance in West of basic distinction between East and West as starting point for elaborate theories, epics, novels, social descriptions, and political accounts concerning the Orient, its ppl, customs, mind, destiny, etc


Disaster capitalism

refers to generation of profits based on occurence of some type of disaster

- term first coined by Naomi Klein in "The Shock Doctrine" and focuses mainly on big business activities that seek to create products that consumers then purchase due to fear of some type of potential or impeding disaster

- over time has been applied to profits made due to deforestation, during and after a natural disaster, and even in the marketing of products in a manner that generates anxiety that can only be relieved by consuming a given product



‘harnessing the profit motive to achieve social good’ (Kapoor, 49);

a.k.a, ‘creative capitalism’;
“corporate social responsibility”; “green capitalism”

capitalism’s new ‘moral’ and ‘caring’ brand


Decaf capitalism

the appearance of consumer products that endeavour to remove risk or danger, that try to cleanse their poison or sweeten their astringent, as indicative of the ideological make-up of our age


Consumer capitalism

the economic and social political condition in which consumer demand is manipulated, in a deliberate and coordinated way, on a very large scale, through mass-marketing techniques, to the advantage of sellers.

Illusion of freedom and individuality

Reduces citizenship to consumerism


the politics of fear

The politics of fear involves the systematic use of fear, both overtly and covertly, for the purposes manipulating popular opinion and gaining political advantage (such as winning elections or passing unpopular policies).


terrorism and the politics of fear

The strategic use of terror to produce a politics of fear which can include the instigation of fear, the framing of fear and objects of fear, and the management of fear.



the absence of order and the tools of governance such as leaders, laws, rules.


Fear of anarchy – hobbes’s leviathan

Thomas Hobbes (1588–1679); one of the most influential modern political thinker

Humans are naturally selfish and their natural is anarchy (the absence of order and the tools of governance such as leaders, laws, rules)

people create government for fear of anarchy and in order to secure themselves against anarchy


4 types of security

State security: protection of borders and governmental structures from outside threats

Regime security: defined by the leaders’ ability to protect their power.

National security: the protection of state interests including tribal, ethnic or other groups that exist within a state’s borders

Individual security: the protection of the interests of individuals within states



the fear of anarchy (the absence of order) determines the power relations the characters

‘Power’: both the capacity to influence and the means of influencing another; the stronger is represented as the leader(s) and the weaker is represented as those that are ruled


Anarchy and states: realism says that…

the international system is anarchic since there is no overarching authority (e.g. the UN is not a world government)

the system made up of sovereign states; ‘sovereignty’

to have absolute authority over its territory and people
the overriding goal of states in this environment of international anarchy is to survive; states can use violence to survive.


The politics of fear

how fear mediates governance and war; the politics of fear affects how we define security in relation to a perceived state of insecurity or threat to the survival of a group or people or nation

fear of anarchy motivates the politics of friends and enemy between states


the Surveillance state

The expanded use of the internet and new technologies by governments, intelligence services and private corporations to conduct overt and covert mass surveillance, and collect data (both online and offline) from an entire population, or a substantial fraction of the entire population.



governance of insecurity


Mass surveillance

1945: US government’s ‘Project Shamrock’

1960’s: US launched project ‘Echelon’

2000’s: US launches BOSS (Biometric Optical Surveillance System)- facial scanning technology

2007: US launches PRISM

Five Eyes Intelligence Alliance: an intelligence alliance comprising Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States; these countries are parties to the multilateral UKUSA Agreement, a treaty for joint cooperation in signals intelligence.


5 eyes intelligence alliance

an intelligence alliance comprising Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States; these countries are parties to the multilateral UKUSA Agreement, a treaty for joint cooperation in signals intelligence.


The Panopticon

"all-seeing”; E.g. Eye of Sauron

a design principle invented by the British philosophy Jeremy Bentham for prisons

Aim: to maximize the conditions for surveillance of prisoners through its physical and functional architecture.

“to induce in the inmate a state of conscious and permanent visibility that assures the automatic functioning of power”;
Michel Foucault: Discipline & Punish: The Birth of the Prison (1975)

functioned as a round-the-clock surveillance machine.

a mechanism of power of the self-policing and self-surveillance


8 rules of fight club

1) don't talk about fight club
2) don't talk about fight club
3) someone yells "stop", goes limp, taps out -> fight over
4) only 2 guys to a fight
5) one fight at a time
6) no shirt, no shoes
7) fights go on as long as they have to
8) if this is your first night at fight club, you have to fight