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The Strange Non-destruction of Neo-liberalism


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The Strange Non-destruction of Neo-liberalism by Brand: Polity
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Winner of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung prize

The financial crisis seemed to present a fundamental challenge to neo-liberalism, the body of ideas that have constituted the political orthodoxy of most advanced economies in recent decades. Colin Crouch argues in this book that it will shrug off this challenge. The reason is that while neo-liberalism seems to be about free markets, in practice it is concerned with the dominance over public life of the giant corporation. This has been intensified, not checked, by the recent financial crisis and acceptance that certain financial corporations are ‘too big to fail'. Although much political debate remains preoccupied with conflicts between the market and the state, the impact of the corporation on both these is today far more important.

Several factors have brought us to this situation:

  • Most obviously, the lobbying power of firms whose donations are of growing importance to cash-hungry politicians and parties;
  • The weakening of competitive forces by firms large enough to shape and dominate their markets;
  • The power over public policy exercised by corporations enjoying special relationships with government as they contract to deliver public services;
  • The moral initiative that is grasped by enterprises that devise their own agendas of corporate social responsibility.

Both democratic politics and the free market are weakened by these processes, but they are largely inevitable and not always malign. Hope for the future, therefore, cannot lie in suppressing them in order to attain either an economy of pure markets or a socialist society. Rather it lies in dragging the giant corporation fully into political controversy. Here a key role is played by the small, cash-strapped campaigning groups who, with precious little help from established parties, seek to achieve corporate social accountability.

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Over fifty of the most fascinating accounts of history’s greatest unsolved mysteries.

Did werewolves roam the countryside of fifteenth century France? What exactly is El Chupacabra, a creature whose name translates to The Goat Sucker” in English? What phantoms and apparitions drift the halls of Borley Rectory, earning it the nickname of The Most Haunted House in England”? Featuring maps, callouts, and facts that locate these mysterious happenings, Strange is a groundbreaking book and the first of its kind.

In this riveting account of history’s most baffling mysteries, two of the world’s leading authorities on the supernatural, writer Colin Wilson and his son, Damon, search for the elusive answers to the most puzzling questions of the all timefrom the fate of Atlantis to the curses of the ancient Egyptians to the Bermuda Triangle. Dozens of mysteries, some that have puzzled scientists and thinkers for centuries, are collected, illustrated, and explained in this captivatingand chillingbook.

Lavishly illustrated and expertly written, Strange continues the Wilsons’ quest for answers to the great mysteries of the universe, taking readers on a journey beyond the imagination where fact seems stranger than fiction.

Ryan Fitzpatrick's Free Agency is Getting Messy - Deadspin

You, as an educated and perceptive sports fan, know leaked reports about ongoing contract negotiations should not serve as predictors of where a player will end up or what that contract will ultimately look like. But they are good barometers of who thinks it’s a good idea to play hardball by running to the media. And in the case of Ryan Fitzpatrick, staring down one of the more intriguing free agent QB situations in a while, it’s starting to get a little grimy. Fitzpatrick and the Jets are in a stalemate , with the two teams reportedly far apart on proposals and no indication that either side is budging toward a compromise. Last week, someone (Fitzpatrick’s agent, surely) reported that the Jets are offering him “backup money. ” That might not be an exaggeration—the Jets’ offer, according to ESPN’s Ed Werder, isn’t quite as sweet as what the Eagles gave Chase Daniel. (What a magical offseason this is, where I can type the sentence “Ryan Fitzpatrick wants Sam Bradford money, not Chase Daniel money” and have it make perfect sense. Complicating matters for the Jets is that Fitzpatrick, as the most dependable QB currently available, has options. To oversimplify things, the Jets, Broncos, and Browns desperately need quarterbacks, and Fitzpatrick, Robert Griffin III, and Colin Kaepernick (via trade) are the three most promising quarterbacks available. The teams are going to play the QBs off each other to get their best deals, while the QBs’ agents are going to play the teams off each other to get their best deals. The musical chairs math seems like it will work for everyone in the end, but it’ll be weird getting there—no one wants to get fleeced while other options are still available, and no one wants to face the desperation that’ll come when there’s just... ) He’s been perfectly competent for the Jets, and the NFL is at a strange place with its quarterbacks where mere competence feels so rare that it comes at a premium. Just last week, in a fruitless argument with co-workers, I used the phrase “you can win a Super Bowl with Ryan Fitzpatrick. ” But I recognize this is a logical continuation of a team having won a Super Bowl with Peyton Manning’s corpse, which itself is the spiritual sequel to “you can win a Super Bowl with Trent Dilfer,” which was proven wrong for the next 15 years. The Jets’ defense is good, and it’s good now, so the temptation is to go for it with Fitz and hope for the best rather than try to start from scratch at QB. The Broncos, too, could use a veteran pocket passer while most of its all-world defense is... Source:

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  • Ryan Fitzpatrick's Free Agency is Getting Messy

    03/14/16 ,via Deadspin

    To oversimplify things, the Jets, Broncos, and Browns desperately need quarterbacks, and Fitzpatrick, Robert Griffin III, and Colin Kaepernick (via trade) are the three most promising quarterbacks available. The teams are going to play the QBs off each

  • An Oral History of the Comedy Cellar

    03/14/16 ,via Vanity Fair

    As we talk to Estee upstairs, Cellar regulars Keith Robinson, Michelle Wolf, and Todd Barry are seen taking seats at the infamous comedian's table in the far right corner of the Olive Tree—the one that inspired Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn and serves


Losing someone you saw at work every day but haven't spoken to since is such a strange feeling. Rest easy, Colin. You were one of a kind 03/14/16, @looloolex
In a good mood on a Monday, that's strange 03/14/16, @colin_bigelow99
@MoeitsLo 03/14/16, @YouuEnvyyMee



  • 5: Go Ahead, Secret Seven

    Hachette UK. 2014. ISBN: 9781444925920,144492592X. 144 pages.

    The Secret Seven meet every holiday in the shed at the bottom of Peter and Janet's garden - and solve mysteries, and eat lots of delicious food. But no one can enter the shed without whispering the secret password! In this classic edition of the gang's fifth adventure, George is in trouble and has to resign from the Secret Seven - now it's up to Scamper the spaniel to protect the rest of the gang from danger as they go in search of some missing pedigree dogs...

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  • NFL Rumors: Latest Trade and Free Agency Buzz Heading into Second Wave

    03/14/16 ,via Bleacher Report

    Colin Kaepernick Trade Chatter Continues Tom Gannam/Associated ... Kaepernick may indeed want to play for the Browns, strange as it may seem, but that would be a hefty pay cut.'s news services, citing sources to Schefter, also noted the Denver ...

  • Abbie Cornish thriller 'Lavender' to premiere at New York's Tribeca Film Festival

    03/13/16 ,via Maitland Mercury

    Lavender is the fourth full-length feature from Canadian director Ed Gass-Donnelly and is co-written by Gass-Donnelly and Colin Frizzell. Cornish plays Jane, a photographer that suffers severe memory loss after a traumatic accident. Jane notices strange ...

  • Martinez author releases new history of ‘Harold & Maude’

    03/13/16 ,via Martinez News-Gazette

    The cult classic “Harold and Maude” is a zany, strange, and irreverent film ... from its original inception as a short film for then UCLA student Colin Higgens, through its discovery and development by Edward and Mildred Lewis, the Hollywood production ...


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Colin Strange, Actor: Are We Done Yet?. Colin Strange is an actor, known for Are We Done Yet? (2007).

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