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THE EVERYWHERE WAR: SEMINAR WITH DEREK GREGORY

THE EVERYWHERE WAR: SEMINAR WITH DEREK GREGORY
  

THURSDAY, RHB 312 — 13 – 17HS

“The systematic connections between neo-liberalism and late modern war have become something of a critical orthodoxy. For David Harvey, ‘the new imperialism’ (or ‘vulture capitalism’ as he also calls it) advances the catastrophically violent process of ‘accumulation by dispossession’: ‘All the neoconservatives have done’, he wrote in the immediate aftermath of the invasion of Iraq, ‘is to transform the low-intensity warfare waged under neo-liberalism around the globe into a dramatic confrontation.’ Similarly, Naomi Klein treats war as one of the modalities through which the ‘disaster capitalism’ administers its ‘shock doctrine’. The invasion and occupation of Iraq ‘were two parts of a unified strategy,’ she insists, in which ‘the initial bombardment was designed to erase the canvas on which the model nation could be built.’ But moving from general claims to detailed analysis is not so simple. In so far as it is possible to identify a standard narrative about the neo-liberal trajectory of occupied Iraq, it rests on two core claims: one is about the centrality of the state under Saddam Hussein and the other is about the new counterinsurgency under General David Petraeus.”

 

 Derek Gregory Bio

 
 

reading material:
Doors into Nowhere”: Dead Cities and the Natural History of Destruction;
http://roundtable.kein.org/node/1255

Baghdad Burning: neo-liberalism and the counter-city
http://roundtable.kein.org/node/1254

The everywhere war
http://roundtable.kein.org/node/1253

War and peace
http://roundtable.kein.org/node/1252


  
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