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Thesis & Antithesis

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greekdefaultwatch@gmail.com Natural gas consultant by day, blogger on the Greek economy by night. Trained as an economist and political scientist. I believe in common sense and in data, and my aim is to offer insight written in language that is clear and convincing.

05 May 2006

Wither the state?

For the prophesiers of withering state power comes this simple photograph of the Bolivian army guarding a refinery operated by Brazilian oil company Petrobras (photo from Reuters). Our shifting focus has made us forget the debates we were having until recently—that the state is gone, that corporations are on the rise, and that the people and their institutions were slaves to international capital and companies. This image should remind us otherwise—that the state has the guns and that the legitimacy to use them is unmatched by any group of corporate executives, however rich and influential.



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