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Louise Amoore

response to irresistible pressures. It is but a short step from this inevitabilism to the assertion that there is no alternative for states and societies but to adapt and restructure their policies, structures and practices. For the scholars writing at the peak of post-war growth, the most significant transition was considered to be that from traditional to industrial society. This shift represented the underlying movement in all state-societies as they responded to external pressures. Talcott Parsons’ systems-centred social theory sought to understand the adaptation of

in Globalisation contested
Thomas Docherty

rediscover our original impulses; and the contemporary University takes a neutral position with regard to this. It serves our nature. It encourages us to conform to that alleged natural condition. Such conformism is precisely the kind of quietism that neoliberal politics needs, as a means of ensuring that ‘there is no alternative’ to the current – ‘natural’ – conditions of wealth inequality. When the University becomes complicit with the total financialization and the privatization of all human interests – especially that of knowledge – then we enter a crisis in which its

in The new treason of the intellectuals
Sam Haddow

the year. Trump’s language is constructed squarely upon Schmitt’s ‘state of exception’, where the law is built upon the condition of its own suspension, and the sovereign may enact that suspension under extraordinary circumstances. The unapologetic transparency of Trump’s falsehoods is unusual, but in principal his polemic follows the same ‘there is no alternative’ logic that has been referenced elsewhere in this book through the speeches of Hilary Benn and David Cameron. By dramatising a broader threat, the discourse is divorced from contextual interrogation and

in Precarious spectatorship
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John Izod, Karl Magee, Kathryn Hannan and Isabelle Gourdin-Sangouard

Thanking her for a ‘magically perceptive letter’, Anderson (who used the I-Ching quite often) developed her analysis saying that he had ‘always believed instinctively in the necessity of waiting for the forces of life to nourish one before it is possible to undertake any new work of any ambition’. One must wait until ‘time has brought one inescapably round to the point where there is no alternative but to undertake a new

in Lindsay Anderson
Surveillance through education
Ahmad H. Sa’di

of mind over mind 133 The teachers: 1. Gazi Al-Tibi 2. Husni Natour, are in favor of Faisal Natour. The two teachers: 1. Ahmad Anqar, 2. ‘Ab Al-Hamid Farouga, think that there is no alternative to Maki or at least to a democratic list. When the meeting ended, Salih left accompanied by two teachers: 1. Ahmad ‘Ali Dussoqi, 2. ‘Ab Al-Fatah Musa I think they are good friends of Salih. (Q. Abd Al-A, 22 December 1961)6 To stop this grassroots initiative of establishing an Arab list – which took place in 1961–62 – the surveillance and control agencies took various

in Thorough surveillance
The 38th parallel
Thomas Hennessey

have no alternative but to take military action’. Nye reported to London that K.M.  Pannikar, the Indian Ambassador to China, seemed to accept these statements by the Chinese as bona fide and ‘clearly regards the situation as very grave. He has suggested that Nehru should send a personal message to the Chinese Government and Bajpai has prepared a draft which has not yet been seen by the Prime Minister’. Whilst Bajpai agreed that Pannikar was a ‘somewhat volatile person’ he felt, nevertheless, ‘that there is no alternative but to accept the views of the man on the

in Britain’s Korean War
Mia-Marie Hammarlin

newsroom can control scandal reporting once it has gathered momentum. Perhaps the mechanisms of the hounding – which are, after all, acknowledged – are not good, but unfortunately the course of events cannot be halted. The process is beyond the control of individual actors. When I later listened to the interviews, the lines of argumentation made me think of the political term TINA, the acronym for the expression ‘There Is No Alternative’. The following pages will investigate the significance of this fatalistic conviction in detail. Undignified behaviour and a lack of

in Exposed
An introduction
Colin Coulter

Margaret Thatcher return to power for her second, genuinely revolutionary period in office. The album documents, then, that moment when the tide of history shifted in favour of the forces of neoliberalism. While some of the songs on Combat Rock showcase a trademark righteous belligerence, the overall tone of the album is rather closer to political acquiescence. Listening to the likes of ‘Ghetto Defendant’ or ‘Straight to Hell’, there is a mood of abjection that suggests that there is no alternative to an ascendant political order that would only compound the injustices

in Working for the clampdown
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Darrow Schecter

to do so with dogmatic determination, or, as one might say today, in accordance with the dictate that ‘there is no alternative’. According to the interpretation offered in the Dialectic of Enlightenment, humanity’s earliest known trauma is not so much the individual’s deprivation of the love of the mother as much as it is the species’ fear of the otherness of nature, and human helplessness before nature’s whimsical unpredictability.20 Each in their own way, then, first-​generation crit­ ical theorists maintain that the conquest of external nature through scientific

in Critical theory and sociological theory
Andrew Teverson

founded on courage, heroism or valour. Any Norwegian publisher would have done the same in the Rushdie affair. There is no alternative. Any alternative would undermine our whole tradition as guarantors of freedom of expression, a principle which Norwegian publishers have stood by for decades. 42 The response from the literary and creative community was generally favourable to Rushdie – concerned as it was to defend the freedoms of writers and artists. Frances d’Souza and Carmel Bedford founded the International Committee for the Defence of

in Salman Rushdie