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Uncertain Times

BEYOND RESISTANCE: THE COMMUNE SUMMER SCHOOL

A day of communist discussion and debate

From 11am-6pm on Saturday 19th June

At 96-100 Clifton Street, London EC2

To purchase tickets and download leaflets see: http://thecommune.wordpress.com/2010/04/26/19th-june-summer-school/

The last few years have seen a series of crises for our rulers. Millions of us are angry at the ongoing economic crisis, the scandalous behaviour of ‘our’ MPs and the endless wars in the Middle East.

All of these crises are part and parcel of capitalist rule, but rarely is this system itself challenged. We are constantly told there is no alternative to capitalism. Every day at work and in our communities we live out the same capitalist order, the same hierarchies, the same alienation.

But the spectre of communism has not gone away. The idea of a society fit for human beings lives on. It is an idea raised every time workers demand the living standards we need, not what our rulers are prepared to give us; whenever we reject the state’s oppression and interference in our lives; and whenever we stand up to sexism, homophobia and anti-immigrant hysteria.

We need to build on these acts of resistance. But that is not enough. Our movement needs ideas. We need a clear vision of a communist alternative to the capitalist order, and how we can make it happen.

That is why The Commune is hosting a summer school on Saturday 19th June to discuss what we should be fighting for and how we should fight for it. Join the debate.

Proposed sessions:

Britain after the general election;

What is capitalism?

Why capitalism is in crisis;

The changed shape of the working class;

Alienation and the critique of everyday life;

How migrant workers fight back;

Tenants’ struggles and community organisation;

Socialist feminist approach to organisation;

Breaking up the UK state;

Communism or representative democracy?

Recomposition of the communist movement.

Full agenda shortly

Please get in touch at uncaptiveminds@gmail.com if you have any questions about the event or have special requirements.

http://thecommune.wordpress.com/2010/04/26/19th-june-summer-school/

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Philosophy

MIDDLESEX PHILOSOPHY DEPARTMENT CLOSURE – VIDEO

A video of interviews with those protesting to save Middlesex University Philosophy Department from closure: http://vimeo.com/11523774

More information about the protest & campaign here: http://savemdxphil.com/

Update 9th May 2010:

There was a very interesting article in The Observer today about leading academics backing student and staff actions to save philosophy at Middlesex University. Slavoj Zizek and Alain Badiou (amonsgt others) have spoken out about the importance and quality of philosophy at Middlesex University.

The article can be found on p.8 in the hard copy version of The Observer:

Doward, J. (2010) Academic revolt over philosophy cutbacks, The Observer, 9th May, p.8.

However, the online version has a different title:

Doward, J. (2010) Middlessex University cuts spark international protest from philosophers, The Observer, 9th May, online at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/may/09/middlesex-university-cuts-protest-philosophers

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INTERNATIONAL SOCIALISM 126

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Issue 126

Analysis
The radical left and the crisis

Venezuela at the crossroads: Voices from inside the revolution
Luke Stobart

Crisis and conflict in Pakistan
Sartaj Khan & Yuri Prasad

Climate politics after Copenhagen
Jonathan Neale

The changing face of racism
Richard Seymour

CLR James and the Black Jacobins
Christian Høgsbjerg

25 years after the Great Miners’ Strike
Jack Robertson

Tony Cliff: Deflected permanent revolution in Africa
Leo Zeilig

Rethinking imperialism: past, present and future
Gilbert Achcar

Conceding the Russian Revolution to liberals
Kevin Murphy

Book Reviews

Getting the “Change We Need”
Brian Richardson

Fighting for women’s liberation today
Siân Ruddick

Socialism through devolution?
Tim Evans

Refusing to be pessimistic
Dan Swain

Resisting revisionism
Matthew Cookson

Apologising for the Chilean coup
Nathaniel Mehr

Vote for Prisoner 9653
John Newsinger

Finance and capitalism in Europe
Christakis Georgiou

A true reflection of the system
Ken Olende

Pick of the quarter
This quarter’s selection

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Socialism and Hope

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Evo Morales

BOLIVIA UNDER MORALES

Dear Reader,

Latin American Perspectives is pleased to announce the upcoming release of a dual special issue,

“Bolivia Under Morales”

ISSUE EDITORS: BENJAMIN KOHL & ROSALIND BRESNAHAN

Part 1 Available May 1, 2010
CONSOLIDATING POWER, INITIATING DECOLONIZATION

Part 2 Available July 1, 2010
NATIONAL AGENDA, REGIONAL CHALLENGES, AND THE STRUGGLE FOR HEGEMONY

The 2005 election of Evo Morales as the first indigenous President of Bolivia was a watershed not only for Bolivia but for the all of the Americas. The breadth of the political, economic, social, and cultural changes envisioned in the “decolonization” advocated by the MAS (Movement toward Socialism) movement headed by Morales places Bolivia at the forefront of social change in Latin America. As Morales begins his second term, Latin American Perspectives presents a broad-ranging collection of articles from leading Bolivian, U.S. and other international theorists and scholars that offer multiple perspectives on the rise of the MAS, its program for the decolonization of Bolivia, and the conflicts engendered by this struggle for social transformation.

May 2010 – Part 1 – Table of Contents

“CONSOLIDATING POWER, INITIATING DECOLONIZATION”

INTRODUCTION

Bolivia under Morales: Consolidating Power, Initiating Decolonization

BENJAMIN KOHL AND ROSALIND BRESNAHAN

ARTICLES

Morales’s MAS Government: Building Indigenous Popular Hegemony in Bolivia

NANCY POSTERO

Political Processes and the Reconfiguration of the State in Bolivia

PABLO REGALSKY

Carlos Mesa, Evo Morales, and a Divided Bolivia (2003-2005)

JEFFERY R. WEBBER

Confounding Cultural Citizenship and Constitutional Reform in Bolivia

ROBERT ALBRO

Evo Morales and the Altiplano: Notes for an Electoral Geography of the Movimiento al Socialismo, 2002-2008

FERNANDO OVIEDO OBARRIO

Bolivia under Morales: A Work in Progress

BENJAMIN KOHL

A Neoliberal Nationalization? The Constraints on Natural-Gas-Led Development in Bolivia

BRENT Z. KAUP

Decolonization and Its Paradoxes: The (Re)envisioning of Health Policy in Bolivia

BRIAN B. JOHNSON

The Localism of Bolivian Science: Tradition, Policy, and Projects

KATHERINE MCGURN CENTELLAS

Language, Signs, and the Performance of Power: The Discursive Struggle over Decolonization in the Bolivia of Evo Morales

ROSALEEN HOWARD

COMMENTARY
Beyond the Earthquake: A Wake-Up Call for Haiti

ALEX DUPUY

July 2010 – Part 2 – Table of Contents

“NATIONAL AGENDA, REGIONAL CHALLENGES, AND THE STRUGGLE FOR HEGEMONY”

INTRODUCTION

Bolivia under Morales: National Agenda, Regional Challenges, and the Struggle for Hegemony

BENJAMIN KOHL AND ROSALIND BRESNAHAN

ARTICLES

Taking the High Road: On the Campaign Trail with Evo Morales

JAMES LERAGER

Controlling State Power: An Interview with Vice President Álvaro García Linera

LINDA FARTHING

The State in Transition: Power Block and Point of Bifurcation

ÁLVARO GARCÍA LINERA

When States Act Like Movements: Dismantling Local Power and Seating Sovereignty in Post-Neoliberal Bolivia

BRET GUSTAFSON

Agrarian Capitalism and Struggles over Hegemony in the Bolivian Lowlands

GABRIELA VALDIVIA

Between the Romance of Collectivism and the Reality of Individualism: Ayllu Rhetoric in Bolivia’s Landless Peasant Movement

NICOLE FABRICANT

Migrants’ Voices: Negotiating Autonomy in Santa Cruz

JOSHUA KIRSHNER

A Distinguished People: Autonomist Populism in Santa Cruz

CLAUDIA PEÑA

Anatomy of a Regional Conflict: Tarija and Resource Grievances in Morales’s Bolivia

DENISE HUMPHREYS BEBBINGTON AND ANTHONY BEBBINGTON

Savina Cuéllar and Bolivia’s New Regionalism

MIGUEL CENTELLAS

Approaches and Limits of the National Development Plan as a Political Economic Strategy in Evo Morales’s Bolivia

CLAYTON MENDONÇA CUNHA FILHO AND RODRIGO SANTAELLA GONÇALVES

Social Control: Bolivia’s New Approach to Coca Reduction

LINDA FARTHING AND BENJAMIN KOHL

Women’s Voices on the Executive Council: Popular Organizations and Resource Battles in Bolivia and Ecuador

PAUL DOSH AND NICOLE KLIGERMAN, with photographs by JAMES LERAGER

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Karl Marx

KARL MARX: A BIBLIOGRAPHIC AND POLITICAL BIOGRAPHY

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Frank Thomas Walker (1918-1996) had a lifetime interest in Karl Marx. During his working years he would spend most of his leisure time reading, researching and writing about Marx and he continued with this interest after his retirement. He continued to revise and add to his research until his death.

Living in London until 1976, Frank was a well known visitor in many libraries including the Marx Memorial Library in Clerkenwell where he spent many hours. He also frequented the many second hand bookshops throughout London including the bookstalls in Farringdon Road (now gone) and he was able to build up a large library of books and other materials to aid his research. He engaged the assistance of his family to obtain access to and photocopies of additional materials from library resources around the country and abroad, and he made effective use of his membership of the British Library. He corresponded with like minded individuals in Germany, France and Italy to further his research.

Frank appreciated that he needed to be able to read the literature not only published in English but also that published in French, German and Russian and, like Marx, taught himself these skills. His library of well over 3000 items, contained books, journals, copies of letters, and pamphlets in all these languages and formed the basis for his research materials. His library was split up when sold after his death.

This book was written by Frank over many years and revised by him several times. He never felt it was finished and never looked to publish it during his lifetime. Whilst pertinent personal information is included, the biography concentrates on Marx’s writings, his contemporary radical thinkers and activists, and his influence on the main political events happening in Europe during his lifetime. Some of the information contained within should be familiar to readers already knowledgeable about Marx, but there will also be fresh gems of information and interpretations of events that will add to the knowledge of Marxist scholars everywhere.

The actual manuscript was in the form of typewritten sheets with a large number of hand written amendments and additions and it has taken a long time for a publishable version to be prepared. At last it is complete and all Frank’s research can now be accessed by academics and anyone with an interest in Marx. This work will be welcomed by everyone interested in Marx’s life, work and times and would be a useful addition to many libraries. It has been published as an e-book on CD-ROM, 2009, 410 pages.

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Ralph Miliband

LESSONS OF RWANDA AND DARFUR

Lessons of Rwanda and Darfur: Some Questions for Human Rights Activists

Special Ralph Miliband Public Lecture

Date: Monday 10 May 2010
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, London School of Economics

Speaker: Professor Mahmood Mamdani
Chair: Professor Mary Kaldor

Mahmood Mamdani is the Herbert Lehman Professor of Government and Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1974 and specializes in the study of African history and politics. His works explore the intersection between politics and culture, a comparative study of colonialism since 1452, the history of civil war and genocide in Africa, the Cold War and the War on Terror, and the history and theory of human rights. Prior to joining the Columbia faculty, Mamdani was a professor at the University of Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania (1973-79), Makerere University in Uganda (1980-1993), and the University of Cape Town (1996-1999). He has received numerous awards and recognitions, including being listed as one of the “Top 20 Public Intellectuals” by Foreign Policy (US) and Prospect (UK) magazine in 2008. From 1998 to 2002 he served as President of CODESRIA (Council for the Development of Social Research in Africa). His essays have appeared in the New Left Review and the London Review of Books, among other journals.

He is the author of Saviors and Survivors: Darfur, Politics, and the War on Terror (Pantheon, 2009), Scholars in the Marketplace: The Dilemmas of Neo-Liberal Reform at Makerere University, 1989-2005, (CODESRIA, Dakar, 2007), Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: America, the Cold War and the Origins of Terror (Pantheon, 2004), When Victims Become Killers: Colonialism, Nativism and Genocide in Rwanda (Princeton, 2001) and Citizen and Subject: Contemporary Africa and the Legacy of Late Colonialism (Princeton, 1996) and ten other books.

He teaches courses on: major debates in the study of Africa; the modern state and the colonial subject; the Cold War and the Third World; the theory, history, and practice of human rights; and civil wars and the state in Africa.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For more information, email events@lse.ac.uk or call 020 7955 6043.

Media queries: please contact the Press Office if you would like to reserve a press seat or have a media query about this event, email pressoffice@lse.ac.uk

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Levellers

LEVELLERS ASSOCIATION

Call for sponsors of a Levellers Association

We are currently organising the launch of a Levellers Association which would aim to popularise the history and heritage of the Levellers and other radicals in the English Revolution.

It would seek to involve students, researchers and academics with amateur historians, 17th century re-enactors, publishers, artists, battlefield preservation societies, trade unionists, and campaigners who want to deepen our knowledge of the English Revolution. The project is at an early stage but current sponsors include:

Tony Benn,
Jeremy Corbyn MP,
Geoffrey Robertson QC, author of The Tyrannicide Brief
Jim Holstun, author of Ehud’s Dagger
Ann Hughes, Professor of Early Modern History at Keele University
Neil Faulkner, editor of Military Times
Andrew Murray, Director of Communications for Unite the Union
Dr John Gurney, Visiting Fellow Newcastle University
Caryl Churchill, playwright.
Rev. Hammer, songwriter
Dr Rachel Foxley, University of Reading
Philip Baker, Senior Research Officer at the Centre for Metropolitan History
Dr Ariel Hessayon, Goldsmiths, University of London

This letter is being circulated on history, academic, trade union and activists lists in the hope of widening he sponsorship base of the project. Please do let us know if you would like to become a sponsor of the Levellers Association.

We are aiming to hold an initial organising meeting on Saturday 22nd May, at 1pm in Room B104, the School of Oriental and African Studies Thornhaugh Street, London WC1H 0XG (nearest tube Russell Square). If you would like to attend or if you have any ideas that you would like discussed at the meeting please do let us know.

Please respond to this email address: info@theleveller.org.uk

We hope that people can help us establish a website, newsletter, conferences, education packs, publications, artistic events and so on…but there is absolutely no obligation on individual sponsors to do any of this.

Thanks for taking the time to look at this.

Best wishes

John Rees, Goldsmiths College, Ben Craggs, Goldsmiths College, Tehmeena Bax, Queen Mary College

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