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  • Cinthia Marcelle, Não existe mais lugar neste lugar (There Is No More Place in This Place), 2019, dropped ceiling, fluorescent bulbs, carpet. Installation view. Photo: Ian Reeves.

    Cinthia Marcelle, Não existe mais lugar neste lugar (There Is No More Place in This Place), 2019, dropped ceiling, fluorescent bulbs, carpet. Installation view. Photo: Ian Reeves.

    “Soft Power”

    San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

    WHEN POLITICAL SCIENTIST Joseph Nye coined the term “soft power” soon after President Ronald Reagan’s final term, he framed it as the use of “attractive” policies and cultural values to expand political influence. But even Nye acknowledged that soft power was often paired with considerably harder tactics of persuasion. Under Reagan, armed-forces budgets increased to nearly triple their Vietnam War–era levels. Soft power would shake your hand with the velvet glove of Hollywood knowing that the iron fist of military domination was just behind, ready to help support US corporate interests and

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