August 12, 2014
"Reproduction is, in part, to do with the transmission of power, authority and culture; bodies that seem to exist “outside” typical structures of reproductive governance are often understood, implicitly or explicitly, as challenging that power. So the Church’s loss of power over sexual behaviour and attitudes points to a dilution of its cultural power more broadly."

Susannah Cornwall interviewed by Richard Marshall in 3:AM Magazine.  queer theology and sexchatology

May 21, 2014
"I guess my point is this. Data and data modeling are not magical tools. They are in fact crude tools, and so to focus on them is misleading and distracting from the real show, which is always about power (and/or money). It’s a boondoggle to think about data when we should be thinking about when and how a model is being wielded and who gets to decide."

Cathy O’Neil at mathbabe. Ignore data, focus on power

December 12, 2013
"At this precise conjuncture, radical emancipatory politics faces its greatest challenge: how to push things further after the first enthusiastic stage is over, how to make the next step without succumbing to the catastrophe of the “totalitarian” temptation – in short, how to move further from Mandela without becoming Mugabe."

Slavoj Zizek in The GuardianIf Nelson Mandela really had won, he wouldn’t be seen as a universal hero

Mandela must have died a bitter man. To honour his legacy, we should focus on the unfulfilled promises his leadership gave rise to

December 10, 2013
"I believe that just as we look back at the early decades of the industrial age and wonder how society could ignore pollution in their rush to build an industrial world, our grandchildren will look back at us during these early decades of the information age and judge us on how we dealt with the rebalancing of power resulting from all this new data."

Bruce Schneier at Co:llaboratory. Power in the Age of the Feudal Internet

December 9, 2013
"The idea that the market will solve such things as environmental concerns, as our racial divides, as our class distinctions, our problems with educating and incorporating one generation of workers into the economy after the other when that economy is changing; the idea that the market is going to heed all of the human concerns and still maximise profit is juvenile. It’s a juvenile notion and it’s still being argued in my country passionately and we’re going down the tubes. And it terrifies me because I’m astonished at how comfortable we are in absolving ourselves of what is basically a moral choice. Are we all in this together or are we all not?"

David Simon in The Guardian. David Simon: ‘There are now two Americas. My country is a horror show’

The creator of The Wire, David Simon, delivered an impromptu speech about the divide between rich and poor in America at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas in Sydney, and how capitalism has lost sight of its social compact. This is an edited extract

March 11, 2013
"It is in the spirit that power is “productive” that I have sought to ask what homophobia makes possible, what it lubricates, what it enables, what it fosters, what it feeds, what it nurtures, what realities it makes realizable."

keguro at Gukira. Queer Disposability

September 19, 2012
"[T]hey, a group of a few thousand indigenous rebels in the jungle of the south-east of Mexico want to change the world. What is more, most absurd of all, most important, most central to their whole absurd project, they want to change the world without taking power. And on top of that their discourse is full of jokes, of stories, of children, of dancing. How can we take such a rebellion seriously?"

John Holloway at libcom.orgThe concept of power and the Zapatistas

September 5, 2012
"Apart from resigning into depression, what can a low power group do when the dominant group is unwilling to negotiate a change in the status quo? Basically, there is only the possibility of increasing its relative power sufficiently to compel the other to negotiate. Relative power is increased by either of two means: enhancing one’s own power or decreasing the other’s power."

Morton Duetsch at Beyond IntractabilityOvercoming Oppression with Power

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June 27, 2012
"One can’t simply say “Yes, I abused my power because I was sexually attracted to my students.” There has to be a pretense of fairness. I remember getting jumped as a kid. Without failure the crew had to invent some sort of justification, a pretense of fairness and morality where there wasn’t one."

Ta-Neshi Coates at The AtlanticHow Power Explains Itself

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June 4, 2012
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This work is not about Ukraine or Russia or even the former Soviet Union, but instead a way to see the modern State as a primitive and sacrificial rite of unnamed Power.


I came to understand that the State operates (and not just an ex-Soviet state) as a parallel and privileged state within a political system, operating under its own rules, sanctions, rewards and values. It can simply and nimbly shift its competitive goals, and take over the reigns of power in any sudden political vacuum, adapting and improvising tactics as needed.

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Donald Weber review and interview by Jim Casper at Lens Culture. Photo Book Review Interrogations 

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