The Green-geek Marxist’s academic rant on neoliberalism

Briefly discussing David Harvey‘s A Brief History of Neoliberalism against the backdrop of Richard Heinberg‘s The End of Growth The Hypocrisy of Neoliberalism  Neoliberalism proposes “market exchange as an ethic in itself, capable of acting as a guide for human action”. In tracing the politico-economic history of this doctrine, Harvey attests that the ubiquity of neoliberalism as…

Cash Pumps for the Poor: Can Microphilanthropism help with Poverty Alleviation?

  The discourse on poverty alleviation naturally meanders into charity and philanthropy. Two types of charitable behaviour- philanthropy and microphilanthropy- have stemmed from a lot of development rhetoric calling to action the First World countries and communities on their “responsibility” towards the “less developed”, the “poor” in the Global South, and have the mushroomed into…

Insurgencies, Citizenship, & Planning Part 3: Transnational outcomes

  “The Tempest” This is no Ode to Shakespeare, who’s writing I do not find fascinating, save for the use of such words that I have found a great liking for. I seem to be fascinated with insurgent planning, and that probably stems from this new-found realization that a sentiment as tumultuous as insurgency can find…

Insurgencies, Citizenship, & Planning Part 2: Planning literature

  There is a tangible link between people and places. Planners must go beyond municipal politics and ground planning into actual social movements/struggles for social identity and/or rights. The constant redefinition of “citizenship”- and thus the “values” considered relevant by them- occurs via such social movements, so “insurgencies” are necessary accommodations in planning practice. The earlier post spoke about the idea that…

Insurgencies, Citizenship, & Planning Part 1: Pop-culture references

The series of posts from me this fortnight are progressively exploring certain questions: In the field of international/transnational development, why focus on planning? Well, excluding our proclivity to the profession by way of being students of planning, my opinion is that the planning profession operates at a scale that makes it uniquely positioned to be exposed to competing…