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Greek CrisisEUROPE AND THE GREEK CRISIS: DISASTER STRATEGY AND ALTERNATIVES

Is the Greek crisis a national pathology or the test case of the broader tendency affecting Europe and the EU as a whole?

What is the function of all the ‘rescue packages’ designed by the EU and the IMF since May 2010?

What are the results of the ‘shock therapy’ imposed on the country?

Are there alternatives, on a national and European level, to the current situation ?

 

A debate with:

Costas Lapavitsas, Professor, Department of Economics, SOAS

Stathis Kouvelakis, Reader, Department of European Studies, King’s College London

 

At: King’s College London, The Strand, Room K 3.11, Thursday March 8, 5 pm

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Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com  

Information

AHRC MASTERS AND PhD STUDENTSHIPS – LIBRARIANSHIP & INFORMATION STUDIES

AHRC Masters and PhD Studentships available

As part of an Arts and Humanities Research Council block grant consortium between the University of Stirling and the University of Strathclyde, Professional Preparation Masters and PhD Studentships are available in the field of Librarianship and Information Studies.

For the academic year 2012/13 there are up to 2 Professional Preparation Masters (PPM) studentships, and for PhD research there is one studentship available.

The Professional Preparation Masters studentships are available to eligible who are applying for either the MSc Information and Library Studies, or MSc Information Management courses at the University of Strathclyde in the 2012/13 academic year.

More details, including application forms for both PPM and Research studentships, are available at the consortium website: http://www.artsandhumanitiesconsortium.org.uk

Closing date for applications is 30th March 2012.

Please contact David McMenemy for further information: david.mcmenemy@cis.strath.ac.uk

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‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

‘Stagnant’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

Neoliberalism at Bedtime

FIGHTING NEO-LIBERALISM WITH EDUCATION AND ACTIVISM

By DAVE HILL

This is a revolutionary period in world history. The collapse of finance capitalism, the bankers’ bailouts across the globe, the continuing bankers’ bonuses, and the intrinsic problems of finance capitalism have, under current `bourgeois’ parliamentarist rule, resulted in ordinary families, workers and communities,`paying for the crisis’. All this, while the national and international capitalist classes and organisations impose austerity capitalism on a reeling public and public educational, social, health and welfare systems. This `austerity capitalism’ has led to an eruption of discontent-against political, economic and financial dictatorship, through the Arab Spring, the indignados in Spain, the Occupy movements throughout the world, and the million strong protests against the 13 Feb 2012 austerity programme enforced by the international capitalist `troika’ (European Central bank, International Monetary Fund, and the European Commission) on the Greek people.

These developments raise questions about the nature of bourgeois capitalist parliamentarist democracy as much as they do about the nature and morality and cruel impacts of capitalist economy — of life under/within capitalism. They also raise questions about social and economic inequality, meritocracy, equality and egalitarianism, and the role of education and of political activism. 

A question that must be asked is how does the socio-economic and political system of a country work in complicity with the corporate media and how does this impact the school system? There is no automatic mechanistic and deterministic relationship between an economic structure, such as the capitalist economic structure and resulting social relationships on the one hand, and society’s social and political structures on the other. But there is a relationship, even if not mechanistic and unproblematic. There is resistance, at various levels, by individuals, by groups, in what is a permanent `culture war’ between the ideas of the ruling capitalist class and their mouthpieces, and resistant, counter-hegemonic individuals and groups, such as students, critical intellectuals, and organizations such as workers’ organizations (though many have been `incorporated’ into the system).

It is fair to say, drawing on Althusser’s (1971) and Gramsci’s (1971) Marxist conceptual framework, that the apparatuses of the state do not brook much dissent for long: if it starts to threaten either the riches of the rich, or the capitalist system itself, which is essentially the same thing, then the state steps in, using either the wagging finger warning of repercussions, the iron fist in a velvet glove, or, ultimately the hammer of tear gas, bullets and prison cells.

Schools and universities, echoing Althusser (1971) are ideological state apparatuses whose purpose, for the capitalist class, is to preach and instill pro-capitalist and anti-socialist beliefs and, as Rikowski (for example, 2001, 2004) argues, to re-produce tiered hierarchicalised and socialized / quiescent labour power for the workplace

 

The full article can be read at: http://philosophers.posterous.com/fighting-neo-liberalism-with-education-and-ac

 

Reference as:

Hill, D. (2012) Fighting Neo-liberalism with Education and Activism, Posted at Philosophers for Change, 1st March, online at: http://philosophers.posterous.com/fighting-neo-liberalism-with-education-and-ac

This article first appeared in Philosophers for Change, which can be viewed at: http://philosophers.posterous.com  

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‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

‘Stagnant’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski