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World Crisis

MADISON TO TEHRAN

The Center for Place, Culture, and Politics & Haymarket Books are pleased to present:

MADISON to TEHRAN
The Great Unrest – Then & Now

Presentation and Author Q & A
Tuesday, March 15th | 6:30pm
CUNY Graduate Center | History Lounge
365 Fifth Avenue at 34th street Room 5114 (fifth floor)

Featuring Paul Mason
BBC Newsnight and BBC World News America Economics Editor, Blogger, IdleScrawl and author of Live Working or Die Fighting: How the Working Class Went Global *Shortlisted for The Guardian First Book Award*

Free and open to the public | Space is limited | ID required to sign-in
Hosted by the CUNY Center for Place, Culture, and Politics

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World Crisis

MADISON TO TEHRAN

World Crisis

FROM CAPITALIST CRISIS TO CUTS TO … REVOLUTION?

Sunday 13 March 12.30-2pm, ULU, Malet Street, London
 
Debate between  David Broder (The Commune),  David Graeber (author on anarchism) and a speaker from Endnotes (communist theory journal).

Despite their arrogant insistence that ‘there is no alternative’, the Government are imposing these cuts from a position of weakness. The crash of 2008 exposed the fragility of the whole capitalist economy.

Now the revolutions in Arab world have shown the fragility of seemingly secure national states.

Could the fight against the cuts be the start of a new movement that goes beyond both the capitalist economy and the state? 

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Ilana Verdansky

WOMEN AT THE CUTTING EDGE – A DEBATE

Saturday 12 March 12.30-2pm, ULU, Malet Street, London

A Debate between Camille Barbagallo (contributor to The Paper) and Camilla Power (anthropologist).

Women have transformed their lives through better job opportunities, while welfare has provided a limited safety net for parents and children. However, 70% of the cuts in jobs and welfare will fall on women.

How will this unprecedented situation transform the struggle against capitalism and the cuts?

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Luddites

THE LUDDITES

Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities

The Luddites, without Condescension – A Conference on the 200th Anniversary of the Frame-breakers’ Uprising

Friday 6th May  10am – 6pm  Room B34  Birkbeck Main Building
This event is free and open to all

In the Spring of 2011 Birkbeck will host a one-day conference to mark the 200th anniversary of the uprising of the handloom weavers in the dawn of the industrial revolution under the command of the mythic General Ludd. Even though the movement was sparked by skilled artisans, “luddite” has ever since been a byword for technophobes facing backwards and mindless rejection of progress. The conference will gather historians of luddism and others interested in what in 1800 was called “the machinery question”, to consider not only the historical luddites, urban and rural, but also contemporary movements of direct resistance, north and south, to capitalist modernization – for example, anti-nuclear movements, opposition to agricultural transgenics, resistance to big dams. The concluding session will address the issue of modernity itself, its model of temporality and the assumption that history is future-directed.

Speakers: Amita Baviskar, Iain Boal, T.J. Clark, Peter Linebaugh

More information:
Julia Eisner
Administrator
Institute for the Humanities (BIH)
Institute for Social Research (BISR)
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX
T:  (0) 20 7631 6612
E:  j.eisner@bbk.ac.uk

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It starts tomorrow,

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Co-operation

THE TELEKOMMUNIST MANIFESTO

Dmytri Kleiner

Institute of Network Cultures, October 2010

Complete text here: http://www.networkcultures.org/_uploads/%233notebook_telekommunist.pdf

Excerpt: Peer-to-Peer Communism vs. The Client-Server Capitalist State

Society is composed of social relations. These form the structures that constitute it. Computer networks, like economic systems, then may be described in terms of social relations. Advocates of communism have long described communities of equals; peer-to-peer networks implement such relations in their architecture. Conversely, capitalism depends on privilege and control, features that, in computer networks, can only be engineered into centralized, client-server applications. Economic systems shape the networks they create, and as networks become more integral to every day life, they are in turn shaped by them. It is then essential to produce a critical understanding of political economy in order to comprehend emerging trends in network topology and their social implications.

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It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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