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Unformatted text preview: rstanding the migration phenomenon. 6|Page Capitalism Critique BDL Link – Infrastructure Investment [___] Infrastructure projects are enablers of capitalist consumption William Connolly, Professor of Political Theory at Johns Hopkins University, 2012 (William E, "Steps toward Ecology of Late Capitalism," Theory and Event Vol. 15 Issue 1, 2012, Muse) Today, perhaps the initial target should be on reconstituting established patterns of consumption by a combination of direct citizen actions in consumption choices, publicity of such actions, and social movements to reconstitute the state/market supported infrastructure of consumption. By the infrastructure of consumption I mean state support for market subsystems such as a national highway system, a system of airports, medical care through private insurance, etc., etc., that enable some modes of consumption in the zones of travel, education, diet, retirement, medical care, energy use, health, and education and render others more difficult or expensive to procure.21 To shift several of these in the correct direction would already reduce extant inequalities. To change the infrastructure is also to affect the types of work and investment available. Social movements that work upon the infrastructure and ethos in tandem can make a real difference directly, encourage more people to extend their critical perspectives, and thereby open more people to a militant politics if and as a new disruptive event emerges. Perhaps a cross-state citizen goal should be to construct a pluralist assemblage by moving back and forth between shifts in role performance, revisions in political ideology, and adjustments in poli tical sensibility, doing so to generate enough collective energy to launch a general strike simultaneously in several countries in the near future. Its aim would be to reduce inequality and to reverse the deadly future created by established patterns of climate change by fomenting significant shifts in patterns of consumption, corporate policies, state law and the priorities of interstate organizations. Again, the dilemma of today is that the fragility of things demands shifting and slowing down intrusions into several aspects of nature as we speed up shifts in identity, role performance, cultural ethos, market regulation, and citizen activism. 7|Page Capitalism Critique BDL Link – Infrastructure Investment [___] Investment in infrastructure, especially as economic stimulus, just work s to hide the evils of capitalism Jason Smith, assistant professor of history at the University of New Mexico, 2008 (Jason Scott, "The New Deal Order," Enterprise and Society Vol. 9 Num 3 2008, p. 524 -5) By using the lens of political economy to focus on the New Deal's public works spending, we can begin to see the outlines of a different interpretation. The huge amount of funds devoted to public construction, the far-reaching federal efforts invested in directing this money, and the long-run impact of the infrastructure itself form the components of the story of a public works revolution. 9 This revolution helped justify the new role of the federal government in American li...
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