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Revolution and Protest


REVOLUTION AND PROTEST: A remarkable new encyclopedia – Please Share


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A remarkable political and scholarly contribution is about to be published (March 2009) – the most comprehensive source on revolution and protest to date.  This timely eight-volume work is The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest



Published by Wiley-Blackwell, it has been compiled by hundreds of scholars throughout the world, under the editorship of Dr. Immanuel Ness of the City University of New York, who is also the editor of the prestigious Working USA: The Journal of Labor and Society.   



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All libraries should be encouraged to secure this incredible resource – and as many scholars and activists as possible should be alerted to its imminent appearance.



Among the Advisory Editorial Board members are: Walden Bello, Elaine Bernard, Robert Brenner, Stephen Eric Bronner, Dennis Brutus, Paul Buhle, Bill Fletcher, Adolfo Gilly,Lawrence Goodwyn, Gerald Horne, Robin D.G. Kelley, Michael Löwy, Manning Marable, Bryan Palmer, and Frances Fox Piven Associate Editors include: Dario Azzellini,Marcelline Block, Jesse Cohn, Clifford D. Conner, Geoffroy de LaForcade, Rowena Griem, Paul LeBlanc, Amy Linch, Soma Marik, Vivekananda Vidyabhavan, Ayokunle O. Omobowale, Pierre Rousset, Beverly Tomek, Ben Trott.



Below are some initial pre-publication endorsements, which give a sense of what has been accomplished: 

“For this work Immanuel Ness has assembled an impressive team of international scholars…Undoubtedly, this will become an essential reference on world revolutionary and protest movements, and an important addition to the collections of academic and larger public libraries. I know I will recommend it to our students and faculty, and will consult it frequently for my own research.” 
Thomas Twiss, Government Information Librarian, University of Pittsburgh



“An indispensable tool for social scientists and historians who wish to be aware of their rich and colourful past. The scope is breathtaking – with a wealth of engagingly presented detail gathered by an army of researchers under the sure guidance of Immanuel Ness. Wiley is to be congratulated.” 
Raymond Markey, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand



“Finally a scholarly reference work that provides a substantive approach to world history that accounts for the essential role played by popular movements in the processes of revolution, social change and progress. The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest traces the efforts of peasants and workers in the global South and North as they struggle for justice and power from the emergence of European colonialism to the present.”
Gary Younge, The Guardian and The Nation



“This compilation of historical essays provides a unique contribution to the study of social radicalism. The encyclopedia fills a critical void with its extensive examination of the progression of revolutions and protests throughout the world. The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest is sure to become the definitive reference work in this area of study.” 
Pat Newcombe, Western New England College School of Law Library



“[A] valuable resource for students of social movements and social change.” 
Stephen H. Aby, University of Akron



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Returns of Marxism – Seminar Series


Seminar Series – Returns of Marxism 2008/09 in Amsterdam


After a successful inaugural seminar series in 2007/2008, Returns of Marxism will continue beginning in October 2008. Topics in this year’s lecture series include: contemporary Latin American politics, the politics of gentrification, reading Capital, radical feminism, Marxism and philosophy and more.

In recent years we have seen a renewed interest in Marxism worldwide. A new generation is discovering the fertility of the many traditions of Marxism for understanding and attempting to change the world. This seminar series aims to bring together scholars, writers and activists from different fields in order to discuss the relevance of Marxist ideas for contemporary debates. 


The Left in Latin America – Lecture Series held by Jeff Webber, University of Toronto

Tuesday 7th, 7.30 pm: Competing Theories of the New Latin American Left

Tuesday 14th, 7.30 pm: Left-Indigenous Liberation Struggles in Bolivia

Tuesday 21st, 7.30 pm: Argentina: From Rebellion to the Return of Normal Capitalism, 2000-2008

Tuesday 28th, 7.30 pm: Chávez and the Contradictions and Possibilities of Twenty-First Socialism in Venezuela, 1998-2008

Thursday, October 30th, 7.30 p.m.

Toward a Marxist Analysis of the Urban – Martin Cobian, University of Amsterdam


Wednesday, November 5th, 7.30 p.m.

Storming Heaven: Autonomist Marxism, Workerism and the left today – Panel with:

Steve Wright, Monash University Australia (author of ‘Storming Heaven. Class composition and struggle in Italian Autonomist Marxism’)

Katja Diefenbach, Jan van Eyck Akademie, Maastricht

Guglielmo Carchedi, University of Amsterdam

Peter Thomas, Historical Materialism and University of Amsterdam

Tuesday, November 25th, 7.30 p.m.

Book presentation: Workers of the World: Essays toward a Global Labor History – by Marcel van der Linden

Marcel van der Linden, International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam

Jurriaan Bendien, Archivist and Translator


Tuesday, December 9th, 7.30 p.m.

Workers of the world, who washes your socks? Feminist critiques of Marxism in the late 1970s – Chiara Bonfiglioli, University of Utrecht

Thursday, December 18th , 6.30 p.m.

Exploring Marx’s Capital: “The commodity and the form of value” – Peter Thomas, Historical Materialism and University of Amsterdam


Friday, January 9th, 7.30 p.m.

The Cuban process: 1959-2009 – Antonio Carmona Baez, Executive Co-Director IIRE

Tuesday, January 20th, 7.30 p.m.

Does Marx have a principle of distributive justice? – Wei Xiaoping, Philosophy Institute of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Friday, January 30th, 6.30 p.m.

Exploring Marx’s Capital: “The fetishism of commodities” – Geert Reuten, University of Amsterdam


Tuesday, February 3rd, 7.30 p.m.

Is Marx a Fichtean? – Tom Rockmore, Philosophy Institute of Duquesne University of USA

Friday, February 27th, 6.30 p.m.

Exploring Marx’s Capital: “Money, the general formula of Capital and labour process” – Riccardo Bellofiore, University of Bergamo


Tuesday, March 10th , 7.30 p.m.

The national question in post Cold War Europe – Murray Smith, Former Co-Director IIRE

Thursday, March 26th, 6.30 p.m.

Exploring Marx’s Capital: “Constant and variable Capital and surplus value” – Guglielmo Carchedi, University of Amsterdam


Tuesday, April 14th, 7.30 p.m.

Althusser and Marxist political analysis (the case of Yugoslavia) – Gal Kirm, Jan van Eyck Akademie, Maastricht

Friday, April 24th, 6.30 p.m.

Exploring Marx’s Capital: “Relative surplus value, machinery and large-scale Industry” – Michael Kraetke, University of Amsterdam


Tuesday, March 5th, 7.30 p.m.

Immigration in Europe Today: Apartheid or Civil Cohabitation? – Darko Suvin, Professor Emeritus, McGill University

Friday, May 22nd, 6.30 p.m.

Exploring Marx’s Capital: “Absolute and relative surplus value and the accumulation of Capital” – Michael Heinrich, PROKLA – Zeitschrift für kritische Sozialwissenschaft, Berlin


Tuesday, June 9th, 7.30 p.m.

Contradictions and Limits of Neoliberal European Governance – Laura Horn, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Friday, June 19th, 6.30 p.m.

Exploring Marx’s Capital::“Primitive accumulation” – Frieder Otto Wolf, Freie Universitaet Berlin.


All lectures of the Returns of Marxism seminar series are held at the IIRE, Lombokstraat 40, Amsterdam (see info on how to get there:,en/)


Returns of Marxism is presented by the International Institute of Research and Education:


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UNL Cancels Speech by Ayers 


UNL Cancels Speech by Ayers

By Henry J. Cordes and Khristopher J. Brooks 
Published: Saturday, October 18, 2008 4:28 AM CDT 
Midlands News Service 


LINCOLN – The University of Nebraska-Lincoln on Friday evening rescinded its speaking invitation for 1960s radical-turned-educator William Ayers. University officials cited “safety reasons” for canceling Ayers’ Nov. 15 appearance. 


Spokeswoman Kelly Bartling declined to elaborate on what safety concerns would keep Ayers from addressing a College of Education and Human Sciences event. 

Earlier Friday, Gov. Dave Heineman strongly condemned the invitation and called on the NU Board of Regents and President J.B. Milliken to block it. 


An Omaha charitable foundation announced it was pulling all of its contributions to the university. Several other donors also have indicated to university fundraisers that there could be a financial cost if Ayers speaks. 


And Nebraskans by the hundreds continued to register their opposition with university administrators and others, lighting up phone lines and filling e-mail boxes. 

Heineman said Ayers’ invitation was “an embarrassment” to the state and that it goes beyond the bounds of the university’s mission. 

“Our citizens are clearly outraged and want action,” Heineman said in an interview. “This is their university. This isn’t even a close call. The university should immediately rescind the invitation.” 


Dean Marjorie Kostelnik said she spoke Thursday night with UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman about “the climate around this issue.” 

She said she also has spoken with representatives of Milliken’s office. Other public officials weighed in about Ayers on Friday, a day after the UNL speech was announced. 


Both Sen. Ben Nelson, a Democrat, and Rep. Lee Terry, a Republican, called for cancellation of the speech. 


“The invitation made to William Ayers to speak at my alma mater in the midst of a heated national election when he is such a highly controversial figure is an outrage,” Terry said. 


Nelson said the visit would not promote the unity now needed in the nation. Said Attorney General Jon Bruning: “Academic freedom doesn’t require us to lose our good judgment and common sense.” 


State Auditor Mike Foley sent the university a long request for information on Ayers’ trip, its planning and how it is being funded. UNL officials have said Ayers’ appearance would be privately funded. 


Ayers was a member of the Weather Underground, a radical group that staged domestic bombings to protest the Vietnam War. Ayers was charged with conspiracy to incite riots, but the charges were dropped  because of misconduct by prosecutors. 


Ayers went on to gain respect in the education field and become a scholar known for his ideas on school reform. At UNL, the plan was for him to limit his speech to graduate education students to that topic. 

The invitation to Ayers was extended in February, long before he became a household name in this year’s presidential election because of his ties to candidate Sen. Barack Obama through their shared work a few years ago with a school reform effort. 

The Gilbert M. and Martha H. Hitchcock Foundation in Omaha told the university Friday that it would halt all contributions to the university unless the UNL education faculty rescinded Ayers’ invitation. The foundation has given millions to the university in the past. 


While other donors haven’t been as explicit, Clarence Castner, who leads the University of Nebraska Foundation, said it became clear that other contributions were “in jeopardy.” 


Scholars said a decision to pull an invitation to Ayers could be seen by educators nationally as a school-sponsored curb on academic freedom. 


It would make UNL a less attractive school to the faculty members it seeks to recruit, said David Moshman, a UNL education professor writing a book on academic freedom. 


Heineman said Friday that “there is no way” the university should lose contributions over Ayers. There are plenty of other respected  educators the university could invite to speak, he said. 





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Education, Indoctrination and Witch Hunting



It seems that Critical Pedagogy and radical educators are causing quite a stir in Australia, according to ABC News. There are the usual stories about ‘indoctrination’ of students by left-wing professors, the ‘evils’ of Critical Pedagogy and nonsense about the ‘neutrality’ of the classroom, of course. All this is to be expected – and we have seen this before (e.g. the Gould Report in the UK in the early 1980s, the ‘Dirty Thirty’ campaign in the US, Thatcher’s determination to end Marxist influence over teacher training at the University of Brighton and periodic digs at Marxist professors from the media in many countries over the last 40 years).



In these times of capitalist crises, the stakes are a bit higher than usual. What is also noteworthy is the extent and intensity of the debate that the ABC News item has generated. The right are not getting it all their own way, and spirited defences of Critical Pedagogy, radical educators and radical education can be found in the debate ensuing in the ‘Comments’.






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The New SPACE (The New School for Pluralistic Anti-Capitalist Education)

PresentsWorse than They Want You to Think:
A Marxist Analysis of the Economic CrisisA talk by Andrew Kliman

Tuesday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m.
New York City
This talk will be held at TRS Inc. Professional Suite.
Located at 44 East 32nd Street, 11th floor (between Park & Madison Aves.), New York City

$7 – $10, Suggested Donation

Kliman will draw on Karl Marx’s value theory in order to explain how the crisis results from the weakness of the U.S. economy since the collapse of the dot-com bubble. He will also draw on Raya Dunayevskaya’s theory of state-capitalism in order to explain why supposedly “free-market” policymakers and economists are ushering in a new period of statified property and state control of the economy.
Andrew Kliman, professor of economics at Pace University, is the author of Reclaiming Marx’s “Capital”: A Refutation of the Myth of Inconsistency and a member of the New SPACE Organizing Committee. He has written two essays on the current economic crisis, “Trying to Save Capitalism from Itself” (April 25 and and “A Crisis of Confidence” (Aug. 23, International Socialism journal, Issue no. 120,

The New SPACE (The New School for Pluralistic Anti-Capitalist Education)
Tel: 1 (800) 377-6183

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By Porcupine Tree
Release date: 2005-04-26

What is Living and what is Dead in the Ideas of the SI?



A meeting organised by Principia Dialectica

28 November 2008

7.30pm, in The Lucas Arms, Grays Inn Road, King’s Cross, London

Nearest underground stations: King’s Cross or Chancery Lane



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