Information Landmine

"The Americans keep telling us how successful their system is. Then they remind us not to stray too far from our hotel at night." - An un-named EU trade representative quoted during international trade talks in Denver, Colorado, 1997.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

A New World Order, indeed!

One of the key tenets of the security structure within the modern International Political Economy has been the state's exclusive claim to "legitimate" violence. However, with the state increasingly having been taken over and dismantled by its ideological opponents on the right over the past quarter century, it should come as little surprise that the authority to wield force and inflict violence "legitimately" should be yet another thing that has been outsourced to the private sector.

Unsurprising, it may be. But whether it is a good thing or not probably depends on which side of the political spectrum one comes from, as well as which end of the assault rifle. What does seem clear to Information Landmine is that, so long as corporations and their allies remain in the ascendency over the public sector and the common good it exists to defend, we're likely to see a lot more of this kind of thing in future. For worse or for worse.

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