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The Rouge Forum – Update 5th May 2009

A message from Rich Gobson

Dear Friends

Less than two weeks until the Rouge Forum Conference  ( ), May 15-17, in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Join us! Come meet others whose interest in education goes to society as well. The core issue of our time is rising color-coded inequality met by the possibility of mass, class-conscious, resistance. No education organization in North America has the limited good sense and courage to say that.

The National Education Association will meet in San Diego in July, making sure no NEA member grasps this is not a tea-party but class war. Here we see how NEA pours $2million more into a campaign for a regressive California tax:

United Teachers of LA plan a one day walkout on May 15, but they don’t want to interrupt testing. Huh?

Primer on Chrysler Bankruptcy:

Well, at least this is 1/2 good news. “Union leaders said they chose May 15 “to have the least conflict with month long testing,” including the state’s STAR tests, which are the most prominent yardsticks for a school’s academic standing. But there are Advanced Placement tests, which are important for college applicants, scheduled for that day. ”

In a week, Chrysler went under, the Sunnis rose again, the Taliban swept 60 miles from the capital–some week!

The UAW’s retiree VEBA benefits to disappear?

Who can argue that the government, the capitalist democracy in which the latter always loses, is anything more than executive committee and armed weapon of the rich? How the Banksters “own the place,” in Congress:

We note with sadness the death of William Pomeroy whose writings on the Huks in the Philippines was terrific: See his book, The Forrest, among others.

Marx on School: “The only worker who is productive is one who produces surplus value for the capitalist, or in other words contributes to the self-valorization of capital. If we may take an example from outside the sphere of material production, a schoolmaster is a productive worker when, in addition to belaboring the heads of his pupils, he works himself into the ground to enrich the owner of the school. That the latter has laid out his capital in a teaching factory, instead of a sausage factory, makes no difference to the relation. The concept of a productive worker therefore implies, not merely a relation between the activity of work and its useful effect, between the worker and the product of the work, but also a specific social relation of production, a relation with a means of valorization. To be a productive worker is therefore not a piece of luck, but a misfortune.” Marx 1977, Capital, Vol 1, translator, B. Fowkes, New York, Vintage
p 644

Thanks to Wayne, Joe B, Adam and Gina, Phillip, Tammy, Donna, Sue H, Sherry, Connie and Doug, Eric C and S, Ginger H, Don A, Virginia P, Carol, Susan and Susan, Paul and Mary, Sandy and Van.

Good luck to us, every one!
Rich Gibson

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Call for Papers on the subject of “Capital as Power”

The present global crisis opens the door for theoretical alternatives. The two main paradigms of capital accumulation – the neoclassical utility theory of value and the Marxist labour theory of value – are in disarray. Many leading neo-classicists now concede that their “world is broken” and that their utilitarian “pillars of faith” have collapsed. Marxists have been content to see these confessions, but they remain unable to offer a convincing alternative based on labour values. These failures call for a new theoretical, methodological and empirical framework for rethinking capitalist valuation and accumulation – a framework based not on utility or labour time, but on power.

We are calling for paper presentations to be organized in several related panels under the general heading of “Capital as Power.” The papers can be theoretical, methodological or empirical, and they can examine any aspect of capital as power. The panels will be included as part of the upcoming “Rethinking Marxism” Conference, to be held on November 5-8, 2009, at the University of Amherst Massachusetts.

If you wish to present a paper on one of these panels, please write to Jonathan Nitzan ( ). The conference registration deadline is August 1, 2009. In order to set up our panels in a timely fashion, we request your proposal (title and a 200 word abstract) to be sent in to Nitzan by June 1, 2009.

Best wishes,
Shimshon Bichler and Jonathan Nitzan

Jonathan Nitzan
Political Science
York University
4700 Keele St.
Toronto, Ontario, M3J-1P3
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Email: nitzan at


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The International Journal of Illich Studies

The International Journal of Illich Studies (DOI 10.4198) is a non-profit, interdisciplinary, biannual publication dedicated to engaging the thought and writing of Ivan Illich and his circle.

Articles are invited on any subject that intersects with the wide range of IIlich’s ideas or otherwise advances a version of the social critique for which he became famous. Our first issue is slated for release in September 2009.

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This journal examines the work and critical themes of the social critic, Ivan Illich.

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