|Brian Holmes on Wed, 6 Apr 2016 00:40:44 +0200 (CEST)|
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|Re: <nettime> Ten Theses on the Panama Papers|
I respectfully disagree with Patrice and Florian about these leaks. What is being "revealed" here are the basic functions of neoliberal capitalism, and therefore, the modus operandi of what sociologist Leslie Sklair calls "the transnational capitalist class" (the TCC). Since they rule, it is clear that their power will not be dissolved in a day. Indeed, as is said everywhere in the media, "offshore accounts are legal" - because the ruling class effectively writes the law. However, since 2008 those laws are slowly being rewritten and the only reason why is more understanding of the tremendous harm being done by the TCC. The answer to this is not the de-institutionalization that Florian calls for (bypassing the press), but rather, a multiplication of institutional efforts spurred on and kept honest by global grassroots networked civil society. The day when it's possible to say "the TCC" and everyone knows what you're talking about, is the day when things will really start to change. But for large numbers of people to really "know what you're talking about" (and not just spout dangerous populist nonsense like a current US presidential candidate) it's going to take a huge educational effort from all directions. In my view, if more institutions don't take part in that, it's unlikely to happen with the scope and depth required. Anarchy is complementary to, not the opposite of, institutionality.
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