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DEVS 100 Lecture Notes - Arundhati Roy, Salt March, Crimethinc.

Global Development Studies
Course Code
DEVS 100
Richard Day

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Devs Week 17 2/8/2013 7:34:00 AM
Discussing the Film: What is happening in Junin, Ecuador?
Why is Canada not a „full‟ core country? ***
That is something that is seen as desirable to dominant power
Arundhati Roy
What is an example of a „full‟ core country?
Project for the New American Century
USA seeks global hegemony over/via…
o Economy
o IMF/WTO etc.
o Military
o Corporate mass media
Are there any alternatives to the New American Century?
Roy proposes: grassroots direct action, in the spirit of the Salt
“We have to become the global resistance…it means making it
materially impossible for Empire to achieve its aims” (p.14)
o Idea of blocking power
o The people are the ones who will do this
Why one might be (anti-)capitalist (according to R. Day)
Great thing capitalism has done
At the cost of…
1. Developed mechanized
Destroying the land and making it
impossible to breathe or drink or eat
in a healthy way
And co-ordination of human labour…
Unprecedented alienation,
depression, drug use, and mental
To produce more ‟stuff‟ than ever
Poorer quality than ever before, all
dumped in landfills after a few
2. Created a global market
That is almost impossible to escape
With complex interdependencies
And therefore complex instabilities

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and constant crises
Instantaneous communication
And constant surveillance
And nearly instantaneous travel
For the global elites, that pollutes like
3. Solved the problems..
Looking only at profits for owners in
the short term
Of allocation of resources and
Creating/intensifying class-based
racialized, patriarchal (divided)
societies which allow a massively
unequal distribution system to be
4. Helped to consolidate a global
system of nations…
Endless wars, colonialism,
development schemes, i.e. battles of
control of resources
All of which are more or less tightly
articulated with states
Perpetuating domination through
authoritarian, hierarchical,
bureaucratic structures
5. Been very resilient despite its
many downsides and failings
Nihilism profit is the highest/only
Apathy fundamental social change
is undesirable (capitalism is the best
system imaginable)
Apathy fundamental social change
is impossible due to repression,
surveillance, incarceration, killing, of
those who attempt it
How do corporations fit into all of this?
They allow us to believe that „someone else‟ is doing all of this „bad‟
stuff while we continue to benefit from it
We can even accept that these „others‟ are „bad‟, and feel „badly‟,
ourselves, about what they do
While remaining secure in the knowledge that to fight „them‟ is
„against the law‟ – i.e. sanctioned by the state and mainstream
societies hence something we should not/cannot do
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