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TorgoX (1933)

TorgoX
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"Il est beau comme la retractilité des serres des oiseaux rapaces [...] et surtout, comme la rencontre fortuite sur une table de dissection d'une machine à coudre et d'un parapluie !" -- Lautréamont

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Monday January 24, 2005
03:23 AM

Fundamental paradox

[ #22856 ]
Dear Log,

«The effort to spread standardised western democracy also suffers a fundamental paradox. A growing part of human life now occurs beyond the influence of voters - in transnational public and private entities that have no electorates. And electoral democracy cannot function effectively outside political units such as nation-states. The powerful states are therefore trying to spread a system that even they find inadequate to meet today's challenges.»

--"The dangers of exporting democracy"

I've always thought that Noam Chomsky's highest achievement was the invention of the phrase "manufacturing consent".