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Extract from the “Democracy Revisited” by Chantal Mouffe / Markus Miessen

September 28, 2011 by

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The following text is an answer from Chantal Mouffe to Markus Miessen published in The Nightmare of Participation. It is an extract from the discussion titled “Democracy Revisited” in which both actors exchange their visions on democracy and participation. …………………………………… Markus Miessen – The question is: What are the possible perspectives and alternatives? Chantal Mouffe […]

media panic or prediction?

September 28, 2011 by

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“the first thing people should do (…) protect what they have. In less than 12 months, my prediction is that savings of millions of people will vanish.” Alessio Rastani

The Fear Beyond Participation – One for All, All for One?

September 23, 2011 by

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“Sometimes, all-inclusive democracy has to be avoided at all costs. “ This is the starting point of “the Nightmare of Participation”, giving as an introduction a provocative and strong position because of which I started to turn the pages and click frenetically in order to understand and to know more. As a result, the following […]

Why do we build the wall

September 15, 2011 by

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I felt a moment of simple truth when listening first to the album of “Hadestown” written by singer and songwriter Anaïs Mitchell from Vermont, Canada. Apart from being a great concept album, the “folk-opera” evokes immediate associations on U.S. depression, the global financial crisis and visions of the post-apocalyptic gated community. The retold myth of Orpheus […]

Lost in theories: a comparative approach of evolution and criticism in urban theories.

September 14, 2011 by

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Travelling across urban theories and their appliances to nowadays situation in a World 2.0, answering the “what is right?” and “what is wrong?” question is an unsolvable task. All theories appear in reaction the ones to the others, sometimes in parallel, towards time and history. Although the critics toward the modern movement are well known […]

Reading David Harvey: urbanization as an anti-capitalist crisis syndrome

September 12, 2011 by

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Since the last months, book stores tables (understood as a relevant tool of defining the global interest) propose a newly centered topic on economics whereas they were until now focused on lifestyle. Symbol of a new era, the popular attention is reoriented toward “capitalism”, word nowadays associated with “end of”, “failure”, “obsolete”, while we can […]

Dubaï, desertic city or the timeless urbanism

September 9, 2011 by

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The first impressive thing while landing in Dubaï in the middle of august is this humid hotness, this immediate sensation of suffocation, transforming every transportable glassed surface into a condensation support when the first door slides (good bye beloved new lens of my beloved new camera… I’ll miss you). 18°C inside. 45°C outside. Humidity level: […]