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Terrorism: A Definition

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The calculated exploitation of an exchange rate imbalance.

New York, London – you get more for less there…

The last page of the Economist often features a “Big Mac Index,” which allows us to see the dissonance between what a given unit of currency should, according to the markets, be able to buy and what it’s real-world purchasing power is…

Someone should come up with a “Televisibility Index,” which would tally up the ratio of dead individuals by nationality to minutes of international television coverage.

In some NLR piece, Jameson postulates a utopia of full employment, only to remind the reader that full employment is impossible under the current system, would mean its demise – is in a sense, unthinkable…

I’d like to propose a utopian television news, that gives equal time to every single “unnatural” death that occurs in the world… What would the screen look like?

Impossible – the end of news. “But there’s no way we could…” Of course there isn’t! Of course not!

(It’s almost impossible to purge, isn’t it, the sense that a London life, a New York life, is somehow worth a little bit more, in any sense that matters, than a Nairobi life, a Baghdad life… In the abstract, we can get there. But running underneath is this sense, right, of the effort that went into producing those lives, the flowers of civilization… Just as we are flowers of civilization… All the schooling, the real estate, the careful accessorizing. We value a London life for the same reason we value our own… It’s more expensive…)

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July 9, 2005 at 2:06 am

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