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Daily Archives: October 11th, 2009





A message from Leo Panitch

I am writing to tell you that the new Socialist Register website is now fully up and running, featuring SR 2010 on Morbid Symptoms: Health under capitalism, alongside our amazing archive of all 700+ essays we’ve published since 1964. We’re sure you will want to check it out at:  

This is first year the Register is being published simultaneously online and in print and it is the first time that all the essays ever published in the Register are available in one electronic archive. We are sure you agree this is a big deal, and given how much the world needs the Socialist Register that you will want to do all you can to make it successful. I would very much hope that you will personally subscribe now (from the home page go to the Subscriptions tab and click on the Merlin order link at the bottom – at £25 it’s value for money.

I also would appreciate your concerted help to make effective a major subscriptions campaign we are undertaking. At the very least, could you immediately contact the appropriate people at your library and ask them to take out an institutional subscription to the Register.

Best regards,

Leo Panitch

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Global Power

Global Power



A Lecture on Venezuela by Doreen Massey

This event involves Doreen Massey (co-initiator of the Spaces of Democracy and the Democracy of Space network).

Simón Bolívar Hall
54 Grafton Way

Tuesday 27th October 2009,
7-30pm – 9.00pm

Venezuela is experimenting with new forms of democracy. It aims to address the balance between the dominant coastal cities and the rest  of the country. And it is inventing new structures of participatory democracy to parallel those of the representative democracy of the state. In other words, it has taken seriously the important relation between power and space. And in doing so, it has drawn on a concept of Doreen Massey’s: ‘power geometry’. The fourth motor of the revolution, as set out in 2007, is the need to build ‘una nueva geometría del poder’. In this talk, Doreen Massey reflects on this relation between geography and power, on the Venezuelan experiment, and on the use of the idea of geometries of power in building a more democratic society.

In co-ordination with the Cultural Section of the Venezuelan Embassy.

For “The Spaces of Democracy and the Democracy of Space” network website<>

For Radical Politics Today magazine<> <>

For more on the book What is radical politics today?, published in 2009 by Palgrave MacMillan:

Jonathan Pugh
Senior Academic Fellow
Director “The Spaces of Democracy and the Democracy of Space” network
School of Geography, Politics and Sociology
5th Floor Claremont Tower
Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne
United Kingdom
Honorary Fellow, The Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster

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Historical Materialism

Historical Materialism


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Historical Materialism
Research in Critical Marxist Theory
Volume 17 Issue 3



Massimo de Angelis and David Harvie
‘Cognitive Capitalism’ and the Rat-Race: How Capital Measures Immaterial Labour in British Universities

Iain Pirie
The Political Economy of Academic Publishing

Maria Turchetto
Althusser and Monod: A ‘New Alliance’?

Reflections on ‘Gewalt’ (contd.)

Vittorio Morfino
The Syntax of Violence. Between Hegel and Marx

David Fernbach
Editorial Introduction to Paul Levi’s Our Path: Against Putschism and What Is the Crime: The March Action or Criticising It?

Paul Levi
Our Path: Against Putschism

Paul Levi
What Is the Crime: The March Action or Criticising It?


Alberto Toscano
Partisan Thought

Ben Fine and Alfredo Saad-Filho
Twixt Ricardo and Rubin: Debating Kincaid Once More

Jim Kincaid
The Logical Construction of Value Theory: More on Fine and

Review Articles

Christian Høgsbjerg
on Frank Rosengarten’s Urbane Revolutionary: C.L.R. James and the Struggle for a New Society and Brett St Louis’s Rethinking Race, Politics, and Poetics: C.L.R. James’ Critique of Modernity

Robert T. Tally Jr
on Loren Goldner’s Herman Melville: Between Charlemagne and the Antemosaic Cosmic Man: Race, Class, and the Crisis of Bourgeois Ideology in the American Renaissance Writer

Seongjin Jeong
on Iain Pirie’s The Korean Developmental State: From Dirigisme to Neo-Liberalism

Historical-Critical Dictionary of Marxism
Peter Thomas

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Capitalist Crisis

Capitalist Crisis



A paper by Robert Brenner (Center for Social Theory and Comparative History, UCLA) on What is Good for Goldman Sachs is Good for America: The Origins of the Current Crisis (18th April 2009) is now available at:


It’s 74 pages long – so stock up with ink and paper.

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Journal of Agrarian Change and Department of Development Studies,
School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), University of London, Room 4421 (fourth floor, main building), SOAS

15 October, 5.15 pm

The agricultural workers movement, Naxalism and martyrdom in Bihar: the case of Manju devi

Nicolas Jaoul (Paris)

22 October, 5.15 pm

Issues in farmer – commercial buyer relationships and trade practices in Uganda – recent empirical findings

Joerg Wigratz (Sheffield)

5 November, 5.15 pm

Labour migration from rural to urban China

Jan Breman (Amsterdam)

26 November, 5.15 pm

Ecology and Accumulation Crisis: Food, Factories, and Fuel in the Making and Unmaking of Neoliberalism, 1973-2015

Jason Moore (University of North Carolina and Lund)

27/28/29 November: day, time and room to be confirmed

Historical Materialism conference: panel on Agrarian Change in Contemporary Capitalism: Technical Dynamics and Environmental Trajectories

Les Levidow (Open University), Peter Mollinga (Bonn), Jason Moore (UNC
and Lund), Phil Woodhouse (Manchester), chair Henry Bernstein (SOAS)

3 December, 5.15 pm

More poverty, more class, and more gender? Rural labour markets in Tanzania 20 years after Sender and Smith

Bernd Mueller (SOAS)

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