An ironic volte-face is that Western models scorned by armchair critics are commonly replaced with other currently fashionable Western models. One explanation for such aconfusing practice lurks in the structure of global power, and the position of critics, advocates and academics within it. Essentially, any dissident thinking that challenges the conformity with agendas set by political power brokers and the institutions that implement their policies is either filtered from the academic funding process, or co-opted and “neutered”, and thereby rendered harmless in a politically correct fashion. That means direct challenges are unacceptable to the capitalisticindustrial powers responsible for uneven resource exploitation that masquerades as “development”, “growth” or “progress”, and that is ultimately responsible for the uneven impact of thehypothesised impending global environmental catastrophe (Fletcher 2010; Büscher et al. 2012). Fortunately, the massive problems now confronting us cannot be concealed by even the most powerful of vested interests, since they are easily exposed and publicised worldwide in an age when simple-to-use pocket technology potentially empowers every citizen as a species of investigative journalist".
KENNETH RUDDLE and ANTHONY DAVIS (2013). Full text click here
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