allan siegel on Mon, 3 Feb 2014 13:42:55 +0100 (CET)

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<nettime> How Silicon Valley's CEOs

Trying to keep up out here in the hinterland…

What exactly was the Renaissance moment? What’s up with the sudden fetishisation of California Ideology (? - forget about it; Breaking Bad - is that part of the California ideology?) Is Silicon Valley capitalism that much different from Wall Street global capitalism? At what point does the state managed capitalism of the Chinese People’s Republic intersect with state enabling capitalism of the USA and Europe?

One thing that can be said about the fact that there is a ‘socialist’ member of the Seattle city council is that she had the support of the Trotsky-ist (thank you Martha) Socialist Alternative which is probably one of the few leftist parties (in the US) that manages to survive because it manages to rebrand the same line it has had for the past 50 (maybe 100?) years and manages to also take advantage of those miraculously enduring communities that survive amidst the maelstrom of disinformation and the myopic charade that masquerades as political discourse on the six o’clock news. Bernie Sanders was elected by one of those communities also (albeit a bit more extensive one). 

All this only confirms that it is possible to create alternatives to the bipolar disorder of the Democrats and Republicans but to get beyond one or two election cycles requires a more substantial vision of the present historical moment and radical approaches to economic development and the list of social maladies that need to be addressed.

excuse the rant…


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