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(noun) an authoritative command or order to do something; an effectual decree

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fiat



We cannot return to mass industrial-Fordits labour by fiat, if at all.

—p.350 Accelerate: Manifesto for an Accelerationist Politics (347) by Alex Williams, Nick Srnicek
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6 years, 5 months ago


when you hand over your goods (an export) to someone far away, that the money in which they will pay you back (as payment for their import) is not just a pile of worthless paper--the so-called fiat money problem?

—p.180 Austerity's Natural History, 1914-2012 (178) by Mark Blyth
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6 years, 4 months ago


and certainly cannot be generated by ministerial fiat

—p.135 The Politics of the Consolidation State: Neoliberalism in Europe (97) by Wolfgang Streeck
strange
7 years ago


the rigid territorial imperative laid down by orthodox fiat

—p.14 Roots: structuralism and New Criticism (1) by Christopher Norris
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6 years, 7 months ago


by Charles Tavis's festive fiat

—p.380 by David Foster Wallace
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6 years, 3 months ago


For traders to use a model such as Black–Scholes is not like a medieval monarch making someone an outlaw by saying that they are an outlaw: no mathematical fiat.

why is this sentence so pretty!!!

—p.101 Counterperformativity (97) by Alice Bamford, Donald MacKenzie
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5 years, 4 months ago


He populates his city by fiat, ordering merchants and nobles to relocate to the nascent metropolis

Peter the Great building St Petersburg (early 1700s)

—p.6 The Prehistory of 1917 (5) by China Miéville
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6 years, 7 months ago


It will not suffice to totalize culture, obliterate the economic, and negate the distinction by fiat.

—p.218 Distorted Beyond All Recognition: A Rejoinder to Axel Honneth (198) by Nancy Fraser
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6 years, 5 months ago


The president could rule by fiat, a structure that welcomed a coup d' etat because this alone could change the reins of gov­ernment in a society that had been substantially depoliticized.

—p.124 Algiers (119) by Vijay Prashad
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5 years, 4 months ago