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NEW LINES OF ALLIANCE, NEW SPACES OF LIBERTY – RELEASE EVENT

December 1, 2010, 7PM @ Bluestockings Books

172 Allen Street (between Stanton and Rivington), New York
(http://www.bluestockings.com)

At the dawn of the 1980s, in the wake of the defeat of the autonomous movements of the 1970s, Félix Guattari and Antonio Negri embarked on an extraordinary collaboration to rescue communism from its own disrepute: to rethink categories of economic analysis and political organization. Today we find ourselves in a situation where such a rethinking is needed more than ever. Come join us for a celebration of the re-release of an expanded version of their work. Discussion and commentary with Jim Fleming, Alexander Galloway, Stevphen Shukaitis, and Miriam Tola

Information about the book:

“The project: to rescue ‘communism’ from its own disrepute. Once invoked as the liberation of work through mankind’s collective creation, communism has instead stifled humanity. We who see in communism the liberation of both collective and individual possibilities must reverse that regimentation of thought and desire which terminates the individual….”

Thus begins the extraordinary collaboration between Félix Guattari and Antonio Negri, written at dawn of the 1980s, in the wake of the crushing of the autonomous movements of the previous decade. Setting out Guattari and Negri diagnose with incisive prescience transformations of the global economy and theorize new forms of alliance and organization: mutant machines of subjectivation and social movement.

Prefiguring his collaboration with Michael Hardt, Negri and Guattari enact a singular hybridization of political and philosophical traditions, bringing together psychiatry, political analysis, semiotics, aesthetics, and philosophy. Against the workings of an increasingly integrated world capitalism, they raise the banners of singularity, autonomy, and freedom to search out new routes for subversion.

This newly expanded edition includes previously untranslated materials and a new introduction by Matteo Mandarini.

“After the highpoint of the subversive decade 1968-1977, Italian autonomist Marxism and French theory of desire meet at the intersection of two different methodologies of subjectivation. Social recomposition of the working class and molecular proliferation of desire merge, and together open a new space for theory and for social action. While the ideologies of the twentieth century are falling, Toni Negri and Félix Guattari trace the lines of a new vision of autonomy.” – Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi

http://www.minorcompositions.info/newlines.html

Released by Minor Compositions, London / New York / Port Watson

Minor Compositions is a series of interventions & provocations drawing from autonomous politics, avant-garde aesthetics, and the revolutions of everyday life.

Released in conjunction with MayFlyBooks (http://mayflybooks.org)

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Capitalist Crisis

U.S. MARXIST-HUMANISTS NOVEMBER 2010

FROM U.S. MARXIST-HUMANISTS

(http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/)

NOVEMBER 2010

NEW ARTICLES AND FEATURES:

1. Kevin Anderson, author of Marx at the Margins,

“French, European Strikes Reveal Mass Discontent… and Its Limits”

The French and European-wide strikes reveal mass discontent, but also illustrate the limitations facing today’s labor and leftist movements. 

http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/articles/kevin-anderson-french-european-strikes-reveal-mass-discontent-and-its-limits/

2. Paresh Chattopadhyay, author of The Marxian Concept of Capital and the Soviet Experience,

“Marx Made to Serve Party-State”

[A review of On Socialism: Selections from Writings of Karl Marx, Frederick Engels, V. I. Lenin, J .V. Stalin, Mao Zedong, edited by Irfan Habib, New Delhi: Tulika Books, 2009]

In critiquing the assumptions of the Indian Marxist historian Irfan Habib’s statist and ultimately market-oriented concept of socialism, Paresh Chattopadhyay elaborates Marx’s concept of socialism as pointing toward a society free of all forms of domination, whether of capital or the state.

http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/articles/marx-made-to-serve-party-state-by-paresh-chattopadhyay/

3. Sandra Rein, author of Reading Dunayevskaya (forthcoming)

“Reading Luxemburg Through Dunayevskaya for Today, Theory as Practice”

It is argued that today’s crisis is best confronted through a return to Rosa Luxemburg’s key contributions to Marxist philosophy viewed through the Marxist Humanist lens of Raya Dunayevskaya, with a particular emphasis on the relationship of theory to practice. This chapter originally appeared in Gender Activism: Rosa Luxemburg Annual Seminar, Institute for Social and Economic Research, Rhodes University, South Africa, 2008

http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/articles/reading-luxemburg-through-dunayevskaya-for-today-theory-as-practice-by-sandra-rein/

4. Dyne Suh, student activist,

“October 7 Day of Action at University of California”

Protests at University of California, Santa Barbara over soaring costs of an education were part of an international day of action by students around the world.

http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/articles/october-7-day-of-action-at-university-of-california-by-dyne-suh/

5. Ba Karang, Africa-Links,

“Rwanda – From the Horrors of Genocide to Democracy?”

Rwanda’s recent election, its turn toward authoritarianism, and the involvement of Western capital are analyzed.

http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/articles/rwanda-from-the-horrors-of-genocide-to-democracy/

6. Kamran Afary, author of Performance and Activism, Grassroots Discourse after the Los Angeles Rebellion of 1992, and Kevin Anderson, author of Marx at the Margins,

“Los Angeles Protests Against Police Killing Reveal the Real Grassroots”

Protests against the police killing of a day laborer in the Westlake neighborhood of Los Angeles – populated by impoverished Central American immigrants – reveal the real grassroots of US society as it suffers through the Great Recession.

http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/articles/los-angeles-protests-against-police-killing-reveal-the-real-grassroots-by-kamran-afary-and-kevin-anderson/

7. Richard Abernethy, Hobgoblin Collective,

“Bangladesh: The People Who Make Your Clothes Demand a Living Wage”

A mass strike of garment workers has exposed poverty wages and attracted international support, but met with severe state repression.

http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/articles/bangladesh-the-people-who-make-your-clothes-demand-a-living-wage-by-richard-abernethy/

8. Reviews of Raya Dunayevskaya, The Power of Negativity:

Angelica Nuzzo, Hegel-Studien, Bd. 42 (2007)

Stacey Whittle, “Philosophy on the Barricades, International Socialism (Summer 2010)

http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/books/power-of-negativity/

9. Reviews of Kevin Anderson, Marx at the Margins: Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Non-Western Societies:

Colin Barker, Socialist Review (July-Aug. 2010)

Nagesh Rao, “When Marx Looked Outside Europe,” International Socialism (Sept.-Oct. 2010)

Barry Healy, “Was Karl Marx ‘Eurocentric?” Links (Oct. 22, 2010)

http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/books/marx-at-the-margins-on-nationalism-ethnicity-and-non-western-societies/

THE SITE ALSO INCLUDES OTHER ARTICLES FROM THE PAST DECADE BY U. S. MARXIST-HUMANISTS.

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Karl Marx

Karl Marx

WHICH COMMUNISM TODAY?

Five books in search of one (?) object

 Urbino, Italy, 1-2 December 2010
Palazzo Albani – Room D 3

1 December/a.m. – Chair: Vittorio Morfino
9.00-9.15. Fabio Frosini. General introduction

9.15-9.45. Domenico Losurdo. Keynote Address

9.45-10.15. Discussion

10.15-10.45. Stefano G. Azzarà comments on Pasquale Voza’s “L’Utopia concreta” (Piero Manni, Lecce 2009)

10.45-11.15. Pasquale Voza. Reply

11.15-12.30. Discussion

12.30-14.30. Break

1 December/p.m. – Chair: Fortunato M. Cacciatore

14.30-15.15. Eleonora Forenza, Alessandro Pandolfi, Venanzio Raspa comment on Augusto Illuminati’s “Per farla finita con l’idea di sinistra” (DeriveApprodi, Roma 2009)

15.15-15.45. Augusto Illuminati. Reply

15.45-16,45. Discussion

16.45-17.00. Break

17.00-17.30. Fabio Frosini comments on Raul Mordenti’s “La rivoluzione” (Marco Tropea Editore, Milano 2003)

17.30-18.00. Raul Mordenti. Reply

18.00-19.00. Discussion

2 December/a.m. – Chair: Venanzio Raspa

9.00-9.30. Stefano Visentin comments on Giuseppe Prestipino’s “Gramsci vivo e il nostro tempo” (Edizioni Punto Rosso, Milano 2008)

9.30-10.00. Giuseppe Prestipino. Reply

10.00-11.00. Discussion

11.00-11.15. Break

11.15-11.45. Emanuela Susca comments on Guido Liguori’s “La morte del PCI” (manifestolibri, Roma 2009)

11.45-12.15. Guido Liguori. Reply

12.15-13.30. General discussion and final remarks

Further discussants will be Fortunato M. Cacciatore, Lea Durante, Vittorio Morfino, Luca Pinzolo, Peter D. Thomas, Massimiliano Tomba, Adriano Vinale.

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Protest Against Austerity

THE POLITICS OF ‘PAIN’ IN AN AGE OF AUSTERITY

Please forward widely

(NB: A full audio recording of our last seminar, ‘The Politics of Debt’, is now available at: http://culturalstudiesresearch.org/)

UEL Centre for Cultural Studies Research presents: The Politics of Pain
8 December 2010, 15:00 to 17:00

Pain has become one of the central discourses of the coalition government as it embarks on its cuts programme. The cuts are inevitable, we are told, and the pain must be shared in the interests of fairness. But is the pain necessary, should it be shared, is it really being shared, how will the pain affect the social fabric, and what are the psychosocial consequences of the crisis? This is the second seminar in the Centre for Cultural Studies Research’s three-part “Debt, Pain, Work” series that interrogates the discourses and policies of the coalition government.

Speakers

Kate Pickett, Professor of Epidemiology at the University of York, co-author of The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better

Mike Rustin, Professor of Sociology in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at UEL and author of The Good Society and the Inner World

Jeremy Gilbert, Reader in Cultural Studies in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at UEL and author of Anti-Capitalism and Culture: Radical Theory and Popular Politics

For more Information and for a full audio recording of the last seminar in this series see:  http://culturalstudiesresearch.org/

UEL Docklands Campus
Transport: Cyprus DLR station is located right next to the campus (just follow signs out of the station)

Room  EB.G.14: (Ground Floor, East Building, which is to the left on entering the main square from Cyprus station)

All Welcome – no booking required

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Red

THE ROUGE FORUM – UPDATE 19th NOVEMBER 2010

 The Rouge Forum Update is here: http://www.richgibson.com/blog/

Congratulations to Rouge Forum Keynote Speaker, Alan Spector, on the publication of his book, with Peter Knapp, “Crisis and Change – Basic Questions of Marxist Sociology,” available here: http://www.rowmanlittlefield.com/Catalog/SingleBook.shtml?command=Search&db=^DB/CATALOG.db&eqSKUdata=0742520439&thepassedurl=[thepassedurl ]  It’s the best piece of Marxist sociology yet.

Don’t forget to make plans for the Rouge Forum Conference 2011. The May 20-22 Chicago forum is outlined here: http://www.ewayneross.net/Rouge_Forum_Conference_2011/Welcome.html

Good luck to us, every one.

Rich Gibson

 

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