Intro to Cultural Studies: Contemporary Colonialism?

Noted for the use of the signifier “colony” in connection to European financial powers: “Austerity means that people is expulsed of their homes. Austerity means that the social services don’t work anymore. Austerity means that public schools have not the elements, the means to develop their activity. Austerity means that the countries have not sovereignty anymore, and we became a colony of the financial powers and a colony of Germany. Austerity probably means the end of democracy. I think if we don’t have democratic control of economy, we don’t have democracy.” (Pablo Iglesias, secretary general of Podemos, interview [43:11] with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! Feb. 17, 2015. Emphasis mine.)

Also noted in regards to leverage gained by financial powers in framing political opposition: “…I think that this game that separate the political field, between center-left and center-right, sometimes is something very useful to make the banks win.” (ibid.,[46:31])

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2 thoughts on “Intro to Cultural Studies: Contemporary Colonialism?”

  1. Further quote of interest:

    “AMY GOODMAN: Why do you like The Wire?

    PABLO IGLESIAS: I think it’s probably the best TV series in order to explain how the power works, how the power works in politics, in media, in the organization of the work. I think it’s a masterpiece. I used to teach political geography in my faculty, and all the time I was saying to my students, ‘You have to see this TV series, because it’s great in order to understand how the power works.'” (ibid., [57:50])

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