We must learn how to differentiate between people and governments, writes John Samuel. Governments construct public perceptions via methods ranging from curriculum, to media, to academic discourse. Ordinary people, a vast majority of them, just want to live happy lives: they want jobs, they want peace, they want security. In this there is little difference between the people of Pakistan and the people of India
Dominant institutionalisation of power in the state apparatus is today largely negotiated by three Ms -- Market, Military and Media -- controlled by the politico-bureaucratic-economic elites of a country, writes John Samuel The ideals and idea of democracy are being subverted by a new nexus of corporate interests: an entrenched nexus of interests and power configurations between the political, economic, bureaucratic and media elites that has captured the electoral process and apparatus of the state in the name of democracy
The world is changing. Old ideas and institutions are being seriously challenged while new forms of expression and dissent emerge. John Samuel discusses how in a time of flux, new imaginations, new possibilities and a new politics are inevitable
The litmus test of economic growth is whether growth improves the lives and livelihoods of the poorest and most marginalised, writes John Samuel. If economic growth alienates and excludes poor people, then such a growth model is both immoral and unethical
In any form of institution, power operates at three levels -- a set of dominant ‘ideals’, dominant ‘interests’ and ‘identity’ -- which together constitute the power matrix of the institution and the predominant ideology that drives it, writes John Samuel
Europe’s economic crisis needs to understood not only in the context of the crisis of credit-driven speculative finance capitalism worldwide, but also in the larger context of the economic, social and cultural history of Western Europe, writes John Samuel.