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November 03, 2010


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Ironically, the Google cache of the PDF still works fine: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://jdeanicite.typepad.com/files/6674229-citigroup-mar-5-2006-plutonomy-report-part-2-1-1.pdf



I am really enjoying the use of the phrase 'good faith belief' I assume it is legal jargon. So Jodi, do you have a good faith belief?

Jodi Dean

I love the way you can't get beyond the cache--it really makes clear the issue around the current 'right to be forgotten'--let's be clear, who will benefit from such a right? not the clerk who needs the job, but Google...

good faith--what about the question: what could it mean to use the term as a critical category against those who use it as jargon and boiler plate??

Robert Allen

at the risk of making too many posts here, this "good faith belief" thing relates back to the "no vote" post directly. In ways, it is a way to mark you as "one who is willing to play the game" (so they can either put a target on your back, or make you a manager). In my job, the Feds allow for a special rule for railroad trainmen to make a "good faith challenge" (to management) in case you are ordered to violate a couple of very specific safety rules involving train car securement. I think it goes back to the craft journeyman tradition, the thing that capitalists had to overcome to impose discipline on the workers--it presupposes that you care so much about the "right way" to do things that they will stoop down from their high perch as rulers of the "game" and allow you to make your pathetic little case, in this one instance (as in voting, you get to choose between a fascist and a near fascist) and in this way you get to feel empowered. I'm like, "what if I have no faith?". I mean, I've been trained, having had a wide variety of 20th century job experience, that if the boss (or the computer!) says it, it's right. Luckily for me, I now get to work in an industry whose 19th century roots are still visible and this stuff sticks out in sharper relief.
My faith has already been obliterated by the power relation. Far from being jargon or boilerplate, this good faith meme is an ideological tool. What would it mean to use it critically? I think the answer is, the category is one wielded by the powerful over the powerless, so it cannot be something it is not; can't be used as a method of resistance.

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