Author Archives: renataballesteros

Internal Contraditions of Capitalism

I really couldn’t resist posting one more RSA animation. They really are brilliant and they should be watched more.



Anthropologists of the world, unite!

“A spectre is stalking Capitalism–the spectre of Anthropology. All the Powers of Capitalism have bound themselves in a crusade against this spectre: the Florida Governor and the U.S. President, Dominique-Strauss Kahn and the IMF, Wall Street and Congress….

Anthropology knows that what currently exists does not have to be. Anthropology knows more about capitalism than any other academic discipline. Anthropology needs to make “an explicit claim to the moral optimism that may be this discipline’s greatest appeal and yet its most guarded secret” (Trouillot, p.136).

It is high time that the Anthropologists openly set forth before the whole world their perspective, their aims, their tendencies, and meet this fairy tale about Capitalism with a Four-Field Manifesto. To this end, Anthropologists of the most diverse nationalities and subfields assemble on open threads like Academia and #OWS, informing the following Manifesto….”

Read the rest of  Anthropology, Moral Optimism, and Capitalism: A Four-Field Manifesto

The End of Vegas?

“What will Las Vegas look like after the dust settles? For decades Las Vegas has been one of the fastest growing cities in the US. In the 1990s the population was growing at 4.5% a year. Now it’s flat. The construction boom that drove that growth is over. Murren believes it will be a decade before any significant building project takes place in the city. Locals say illegal immigrants who did much of the heavy lifting have disappeared…”

From the article  “Behind Las Vegas glitz and glamour lies a dark city marred by poverty” by Dominic Rushe

Slavoj Zizek. Capitalism and Intervention

The nose rubbing and interruptions to the interviewer annoyed me beyond measure. But once I got over that, this guy provides some very interesting critique of the Occupy movement,  the Prague Spring in 1968, traditional politics, democracy and capitalist financial mechanics.

Slavoj Žižek, Ph.D., is a senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and a visiting professor at a number of American Universities (Columbia, Princeton, New School for Social Research, New York University, University of Michigan).

Occupy Economics!

On November 13th 2011, economists from the University of Massachusetts Amherst drafted an open statement to the Occupy Wall Street movement pledging their support. Since then, more than 250 economists from around the world have added their names. Read more at

The quirks of supply and demand in China

China’s manufacturing activity falls to a 32-month low

1 December 2011

“The success of its manufacturing sector has been key to China’s economic growth in the past few years.

However, recent economic problems in two of its biggest export markets – the US and Europe – have raised concerns about whether the sector can maintain its growth pace…

The BBC’s Damian Grammaticas in Beijing said that even though China’s economy was still expanding, the slowdown in the pace of growth was faster than expected.

He said the authorities were now “concerned about how to keep China’s economy from slowing too fast”.

From BBC Business – See the full Article

Meet The World’s Most Expensive Photo

This, ladies and gentlemen, is the world’s most expensive photo. Would you pay $4,338,500 for this? Why would anyone do this?

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