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Against wasted politics: A critique of the circular economy

It’s a true story … being a young intellectual, I wanted desperately to get away, see something different … I was on a small boat … the fishermen went out in their frail crafts at their own risk. It was this risk, this danger, which I loved to share … One day, then, as we were waiting for the moment to pull in the nets, a fisherman known as Petit-Jean … pointed out to me something floating on the surface of the waves. It was a small can, a sardine can.

Bringing down the house (of Goldman Sachs): Analyzing corrupt forms of trading with Lacan

Introduction*

A large number of press articles have appeared recently dealing with a general suspicion of corruption, fraud and crime in the banking industry. For example, Standard and Poors (S&P) have been suspected of having over-rated corrupt collateralized debt obligations (CDO)[1] to please Wall Street banks at the peak of the subprime crisis (Cassidy, 2013).

The falling rate of enjoyment: Consumer capitalism and compulsive buying disorder

Introduction

During and after WWII, a number of primitive tribes in the South West Pacific developed so-called ‘cargo cults’. They had seen how the skies were filled with Japanese and American airplanes and they had observed how these planes would deliver huge quantities of goods to small and apparently insignificant islands.

On employability in higher education and its relation to quality assurance: Between dis-identification and de-throning

The [students´] agitating makes me think of something that was invented one day, if I recall correctly, by my good, late friend Marcel Duchamp, ‘A bachelor prepares his own chocolate’. Take care that the agitator is not preparing his own chocolate. Jacques Lacan in 1969 [Lacan, 2007: 199]

Fight for your alienation: The fantasy of employability and the ironic struggle for self-exploitation

Introduction

Perhaps no greater freedom exists than the ability to determine one’s personal destiny. Employability stands at the heart of this trumpeted empowerment; purportedly providing individuals the resources to not only obtain employment but also, more importantly, the opportunity to ‘control their employment fate’ (Arthur and Rousseau, 1996; Hall, 2002).

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