Bulletin N° 743
Subject : The Designated Driver Approaching the Cliff.
March 18, 2017
[Anniversary of the Paris Commne, March 18 to May 28, 1871]
Dear Colleagues and Friends of CEIMSA,
Why do fish swim? Why do birds fly? Why do capitalist accumulate wealth? The answer to these questions is the same: Because they can ! This seeming tautology offers in fact a profound understanding. They do it, and will continue to do it, until they are prevented from doing it!
Saturn devouring his children
Professor emeritus of American Studies
Director of Research
University of Paris-Nanterre
Center for the Advanced Study of American Institutions and Social Movements
The University of California-San Diego
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