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Situationism

THE GAME OF WAR – GUY DEBORD

 

Class Wargames presents
Guy Debord’s The Game of War

Class Wargames’ film is a 21st century treatise on revolutionary strategy in the cybernetic age. Inspired by Alice Becker-Ho and Guy Debord’s ‘The Game of War’, this movie analyses the modern conditions of neo-liberal capitalism and the methods required to transcend it. Utilising both classical military theory and the insights of Situationism, this film provides an insurrectionary manual for those struggling to build a truly human civilisation.

Visit: http://www.classwargames.net/pages/video.html

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MONEY

King’s College London Reading Capital Society

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http://www.kclreadingcapital.blogspot.com

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=49539959 005

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1) Next session: ‘Money’

Following a fascinating session discussing the fetishism of commodities, the Reading Capital group asks…

What is money? Where does it come from? What makes certain commodities suitable as money? Could we live without it?

Joseph Choonara, former deputy-editor of International Socialism Journal (www.isj.org. uk), will introduce a discussion on:

‘Money or the Circulation of Commodities’.

Monday 23rd November ’09 (NOTE CHANGE OF DATE): 6pm F-WB Room 2.43, Waterloo Campus, King’s College London

“It is not money that renders commodities commensurable. Just the contrary. It is because all commodities, as values, are realised human labour, and therefore commensurable, that their values can be measured by one and the same special commodity, and the latter be converted into the common measure of their values, i.e., into money. Money as a measure of value, is the phenomenal form that must of necessity be assumed by that measure of value which is immanent in commodities: labour-time.” (Marx)

All welcome – whether you have been reading Capital or just want to drop in for the talk – we aim to be accessible to all.

(Those wishing to read in advance should make their way to Chapter 3!)

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2) Martin Wolf & Alex Callinicos Debate:

If you haven’t already, you can watch the event:

Alex Callinicos:
http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=k6CZAQvAMaY

Martin Wolf:
http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=AXKqqgwAIeI

Questions & Answers:
http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=hYpHLnlUrFg

or download the audio from:
http://rapidshare. com/files/ 302959451/ Wolf_Callinicos_ Full_Audio. wav
and a Palantypist’ s transcript:
http://rapidshare. com/files/ 305646664/ CallinicosWolf02 1009wholedebate. rtf

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3) Chris Harman – 1942-2009

The Reading Group was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Chris Harman. Only two weeks ago, Chris gave a brilliantly accessible introduction to the first chapter of Capital for the Reading Group. That he was able to make the most abstract and difficult part of Capital so unfailingly concrete is a testament to the power and clarity of his thought. He will be greatly missed. 

http://www.guardian .co.uk/politics/ 2009/nov/ 09/chris- harman-obituary

http://www.socialis tworker.co. uk/art.php?

Chris’s session for the Reading Group:
http://rapidshare. com/files/ 299965681/ Chris_Harman_ 27Oct2009. mp3

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KCL Reading Capital

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The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

Don’t Look Back
Radical Thinkers and the Arts since 1909

Thursday 26 November 2009, 18.30–20.00

On the 100th anniversary of the Futurism Manifesto, join critical thinkers Terry Eagleton, Simon Critchley, Kate Soper, Eyal Weizman, and chair Alberto Toscano in exploring a century of radical thinking and the arts – and debating what lies ahead. The recent Futurism exhibition at Tate Modern reminds us of an age when politics and aesthetics were densely interwoven in an explosive rejection of the past. This distinguished panel will assess the legacy of modernism to ask how today’s radical thinkers might understand the role of the arts at the dawn of the twenty first century and beyond.

Speakers:

Terry Eagleton is Professor of English Literature at the University of Lancaster and author of Literary Theory: An Introduction, The Illusions of Postmodernism and Reason, Faith, and Revolution: Reflections on the God Debate.

Simon Critchley is Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York and author of The Book of Dead Philosophers, On Humour and Continental Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction.

Kate Soper is a Professor in the Department of Humanities, Arts and Languages at London Metropolitan University and author of To Relish the Sublime: Culture and Self-realisation in Postmodern Times and What Is Nature?: Culture, Politics and the Non-Human.

Eyal Weizman is an architect and Director of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths College, University of London and author of Hollow Land: Israel’s Architecture of Occupation.

Chair: Alberto Toscano, editor of Historical Materialism, lecturer in sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London and author of The Theatre of Production: Philosophy and Individuation Between Kant and Deleuze.

In collaboration with Verso to coincide with the of launch of Set 4 of Verso’s Radical Thinkers series.

Supported by New Statesman

Tate Britain  Auditorium
£8 (£6 concessions), booking recommended
For tickets book online
or call 020 7887 8888

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The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

Higher Education

Youth Fight for Jobs LONDON NEWSLETTER

 

Youth unemployment stands on the verge of 1million – That’s 1 in 5 young people unemployed. Whilst the government can afford to spend billions bailing out the banks it can’t afford to put money into decent jobs and free education for young people. Education offer no alternative to the dole queues – universities are set to increase fees to at least £7,000 per year, putting university out of reach for most ordinary people. For young people that have a job, it often comes with a lower minimum wage, worse conditions and poor contracts.

Youth Fight for Jobs was set up in March to provide an alternative to people who want to fight back against unemployment. We had a launch ‘March for Jobs’ where 600 young people marched through the four poorest boroughs of London demanding decent jobs and conditions. Since then the campaign has grown. We have become the focal point for the media on the fight against youth unemployment and have held activity, fortnights of action, protests against the releasing of unemployment figures, meetings, gigs and stunts.

We have a national demonstration taking place on the 28th November marching under the banner of ‘for real jobs – for free education’. For this demonstration we will be doing activity all over London and would like you to get involved in helping us build the campaign and local groups. See: http://www.youthfightforjobs.com

We are also organising a day of action on the 21st November (the week before the demonstration) where we will be leafleting estates, doing stunts and postering around the route of the demonstration which we would like you to get involved in.

We are organising activity across London including:

Greenwich

Lewisham

Hackney

Leyton

Tower Hamlets

Walthamstow

Hillingdon

West Central

East London

Haringey

Camden

Lambeth & Southwark

Croydon

If you would like to get involved in this activity or want help building in your area/school/college/workplace- contact us through the number and email below. Enclosed are a few leaflets for the campaign and also a membership card to join the campaign for £4 waged/£1unwaged.

Yours Sincerely,

Suzanne Beishon, Youth Fight for Jobs Steering Committee, 07716610893, suzbeishon@hotmail.com

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THE NEW SPECTRE HAUNTING EUROPE: THE ECJ, TRADE UNION RIGHTS AND THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT

From the Institute of Employment Rights

The New Spectre Haunting Europe: The ECJ, Trade Union Rights and the British Government

A FREE conference, in association with SERTUC

Saturday 28th November 2009, 10:00am – 3:30pm, at the TUC Congress House, London

Please distribute this message to colleagues, activists, networks and members. The weblink where you can find out more and book places is here: http://www.ier.org.uk/node/408  

The New Spectre Haunting Europe: The ECJ, Trade Union Rights and the British Government

A free conference, Saturday 28th November 2009, 10:00am- 3:30pm, in the Main Hall, TUC Congress House

Organised by The Institute of Employment Rights in association with SERTUC

To book your free place, please book at office@ier.org.uk

This conference, organised around the 2nd anniversary of the initial ECJ decisions, aims to bring workers together with sympathetic academics and lawyers to share information, learn from each others’ experiences and plan for a better future.

So how should unions and their members respond? What are the political, legal and industrial options open to unions and their members? Unions are pushing politically for changes to EU and UK laws. Lawyers are looking at ways to challenge the direction of the ECJ through the ILO and the European Court of Human Rights. But can workers wait? Examples of workers ignoring restrictive laws and fighting back in defence of pay and jobs are already spreading – and winning.

Speakers include:- John Hendy QC; John Monks, ETUC; Sarah Veale, TUC; Prof Keith Ewing; Bob Crow, RMT; Barry Camfield, ODA; Steve Cottingham, O H Parsons; Richard Arthur, Thompsons Solicitors; Brian Caton, POA; Billy Hayes, CWU

Full programme here: http://www.ier.org.uk/node/408  

Phelim MacCafferty
Projects and Events Officer
Institute of Employment Rights
179 Preston Road
Brighton East Sussex
BN1 6AG
t: 01273 330819
e: phelim@ier.org.uk
http://www.ier.org.uk

This year is IER’s 20th anniversary. We are proud of what we have achieved but recognise more needs to be done. Show your continued support by taking a subscription and joining our debate. Go to http://www.ier.org.uk

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The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk