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results in a quietism that accepts the fundamental base and order of the world’s condition as if it were fact. It yields the mantra of a supposed ‘realism’, the mantra that says ‘There is no alternative’ if you are Margaret Thatcher, or ‘Resistance is futile’ if you are a Dalek. When democracy is corrupted in this way, while still asserting a claim upon democracy, the political rhetorician has recourse to ‘the will of the people’, as if that will is entirely unified, without tension, internal difference, and nuance, and an expression of freely expressed and independent

in The new treason of the intellectuals
Thomas Docherty

become normative. The sector leadership of the University has not only accepted the mantra ‘There is no alternative’, but has worked instead to extend the logic of neoliberal economics right into the heart of our intellectual life. It has embraced the very monster that it should exist to expose and question. All must now be monetized – and this includes not just our regular practices of teaching, learning, research, and so-called impact, but also the monetization of our very names and titles as institutions. We have our ‘brand’, our ‘reputation’, and – like the

in The new treason of the intellectuals
Heikki Patomäki

only if it could be shown that there is no alternative to the use of violence. Ultimately, the legal and moral arguments for the NATO war against Yugoslavia come down to this TINA (there-is-no-alternative) view. If I am right that the remaining unacceptable issue at the end of the Rambouillet negotiations was Appendix B of the agreement, the TINA claim is not only false; it is ridiculous. Also

in Mapping European security after Kosovo
Familiarisation and estrangement in Seamus Heaney’s later poetry
Joanna Cowper

off despair. District and Circle sees Heaney beginning to suspect that there is no alternative but to interiorise and to cherish the past as the tangible world becomes ever more insecure and loveless in outlook, no longer offering the comfort and succour that it once promised. This shift in perspective triggers a new urgency in Heaney’s interest in ‘Real Names’, and his new drive towards estrangement is concerned with the paring apart of memories, separating the real from the made-up in an attempt to restore the lines of differentiation between the qualities that

in Irish literature since 1990
Open Access (free)
Tony Fitzpatrick

) briefly considers this possibility only to reject it – since accepting it might imply that the old social democracy is not so redundant after all – by ultimately appealing to a deus ex machina that supposedly reinforces the superiority of Third Way politics: the advent of globalisation and information society as that which allegedly renders all other strategies obsolete (Giddens and Hutton, 2000: 45–51). As noted in the introduction, the NSD therefore appeals to a TINA logic (‘There Is No Alternative’) which represents the intolerant closure of the social imagination

in After the new social democracy
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The case of Jonson’s Sejanus
John E. Curran, Jr

's left of Roman political forms is mere theatrics devoid of substance; and yet, since there is no alternative to this theatrics, no going outside of it, and since it is presided over by so consummate an actor, who never lets fall his mask of abiding by Roman political decorum, a kind of substance is strangely reified. It seems both that what constitutes the Roman state has been irretrievably gone for a long time, and that what constitutes it can be nothing other than the Rome we see. With his measures to placate the censorious eyes of his own government, Jonson

in The genres of Renaissance tragedy
Anna K. Dickson

modified approach to trade liberalisation, with greater emphasis on poverty reduction. Speaking to the World Bank development Committee in April 2000, Commissioner Nielson said that the objective was ‘globalisation with a human face’. He went on to say that ‘while there is no alternative to an open and liberal world economy, this is not an end in itself. Political action is required to harness not only the potential and oppor50 EUD3 10/28/03 2:41 PM Page 51 The unimportance of trade preferences tunities offered by the global economy, but also to limit the transition

in EU development cooperation
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Bureaucracy—choose your own adventure
Nina Holm Vohnsen

her to call back (from 18) You know Ann will be back tomorrow so you ask the woman to call back. You need to make a brief entry in the case-file documenting the woman’s call in case it turns out to be of importance to her case. As you end the entry and close the window on your computer screen the phone rings again. The next caller is a man. He has been fired from his job during a period of illness and since he therefore cannot return to work part-time there is no alternative to referring him to “activity.” You have asked him to read through material from three

in The absurdity of bureaucracy
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‘What rough beast?’ Monsters of post-Celtic Tiger Ireland
Kieran Keohane and Carmen Kuhling

-regulating laws of the market’ and the ‘value-neutral’ ‘science’ of economics; the ‘fact’ that ‘there is no alternative’ to a society organized on the neoliberal market principle that ‘greed is good’ is the beast’s countenance in the current post-national, post-political, seemingly leaderless era. 2 INTRODUCTION Spiritus mundi of global neoliberalism The rough beast is represented by one of the world’s oldest and fully elaborated demonologies, the Assyrian demon of the desert storm, Pazuzu. Pazuzu – a canine, insect, serpent, raptor, humanoid – animal hybrid, is the dog

in The domestic, moral and political economies of post-Celtic Tiger Ireland
Kieran Keohane and Carmen Kuhling

possessed by wild, raging passions that (like Pazuzu’s possession of Regan) lurches forwards and backwards and careens from side to side, turning itself inside out, wrenching its head from front to back, fluxing, morphing and wildly alternating between grotesque and bizarre forms of plutocracy, democracy and tyranny; authoritarian populist anarcho-capitalism. As it was for Plato’s Athens, this is the present sorry state of the Irish republic. Is there no alternative? Contrary to the neoliberal doctrine that ‘there is no alternative’, Plato says that there certainly is an

in The domestic, moral and political economies of post-Celtic Tiger Ireland