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AB105: the massive rules of 2013
(January/February 2013)

Featured during this issue:

Bionomics > Economics
Stephen Collis on innovation and disaster
Scott Atran at the delivery of Hamas
Darren Fleet on monetary algorithms long gone wild
Franco “Bifo” Berardi on imagination
Gareth Peirce on why we torture
Pankaj Mishra at the CIA in Iran
Binyavanga Wainaina on Saving the kids of Africa
Welcoming within the 12 months of the Snake

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Indd 6 12-10-19 5:29 PM FINANCE BIONOMICS Human economy as a subset of the Earth’s bioeconomy ECONOMY SOCIETY PLANET Five hundred years ago astronomers following Ptolemy’s geocentric model of the universe were tearing their hair out trying to make sense of all their calculations of the sun, moon and stars moving around above us in the sky. It was only when Copernicus pointed out that we are not the center of the universe – the sun does not revolve around the Earth but rather the other way around – that all their convoluted calculations fell magically into place.

Aspiring regime-changers in the West remain blind to the undiminished potency of Iranian nationalism. More bizarrely and dangerously, they ignore the hardening attitudes of the country’s ruling class after a century of humiliation by the West. “We are not liberals like Allende and Mossadegh, whom the CIA can snuff out,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, now Iran’s supreme leader, warned during the hostage crisis in 1979. So far he has been proved right. Pankaj Mishra is an acclaimed novelist and political essayist.

Our imperial past? The Olympic legacy? indd 12 but not in the way he thinks. It’s our proud revolutionary character that’s vanished. Where are the descendents of the republicans that beheaded the king, of the Levellers, the Chartists, the Diggers? Of the first radical trade unions, of Thomas Paine and the Panckhursts? All our heroes are dead. Few give a shit anymore. Most spend time away from their office cubicles sitting in clubs, bars and coffee shops drinking and K-holing their imaginations away, with an unhealthy fear of this reality and any alternate ones.

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