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July 30, 2008
the "postmodern coup"

(an abbreviated historical survey)

locationdatesalient alleged characteristics


"led by a group of politically committed magistrates " . . . "politics by other means" . . . "the 'avviso di garanzia' was abused: by law it was supposed to be issued confidentiality, but they were instead leaked to the press and the information was printed in daily newspapers" . . . "leaking of that information to the press was enough to politically destroy a man"



"the then coalition government was forced to resign through a campaign led by the military using the media, NGOs and academics as a propaganda tool, rather than directly intervening in the political process."
the ending of Iranian film director Abbas    Kiarostami's Taste of Cherry


"seems almost quaint until its ironic last sequence" . . . "in the last minute, director Abbas Kiarostami pulls a postmodern coup" . . . "morphs from a bittersweet meditation into a slightly inscrutable meta-art film" . . . "his unexpected ending . . . a lovingly mocking gaze"



"Intervening in foreign elections, under the guise of an impartial interest in helping civil society" . . . "Instruments of democracy are used selectively to topple unpopular dictators"



"overthrowing 'problematic' governments through the strategic manipulation of civil society" . . . "use of civilian-based, nonmilitary strategies " . . . "replacement of coercive means of social control with consensual ones"

"Summer Luv" remix, by Jody Bleyle of Team Dresch, on Lesbians On Ecstasy's Giggles in the Dark album


"In a postmodern coup. . . composer of the original track . . . . remixes the remix, inspiring chants of 'pomo homo!' all across the land"



"technical and sociological components involved" . . . "emphasis on the use of new communication technologies to rapidly deploy small groups" . . . "psychological warfare" . . . "'high tech' hordes" . . . "use of 'swarming adolescents'" . . . "youth deployments and media operations"

the Obama campaign???


"using fake polls, mobs of swarming adolescents, super-rich contributors, and orchestrated media hysteria to short-circuit normal politics and seize power" . . . "lemming legions and Kool-Aid cult candidacy" -- , according to Tarpley's Obama - The Postmodern Coup: Making of a Manchurian    Candidate