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Protest

WHY IT’S KICKING OFF EVERYWHERE: THE NEW GLOBAL REVOLUTIONS

Paul Mason, Economics Editor, Newsnight, BBC
Monday, 5th March 2012, 11.00am-12.30pm
The Boardroom, College Building, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, Hendon, London NW4 4BT
(nearest Tube Hendon Central)
Part of the Middlesex University Business School Public Lecture Series

The year 2011 has witnessed an unprecedented wave of protests and revolts, from the Arab Spring in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, to the indignados in Spain, the urban protests in Israel and the youth riots in Britain. 2012 has already started with the ongoing breakdown of Greek society. In his new book Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere, Paul Mason analyses the reasons behind the current wave of struggles. The social roots of the upheaval lie in the massive disillusion of the ‘graduates with no future’ and the impoverished middle classes, the capacity of social networks to mobilize from below as opposed to top down hierarchical forms of mobilisation. Meanwhile the ongoing financial crisis has led to massive youth unemployment, a formidable squeeze on living standards, and the virtual disappearance of any hope of a better future for the next generation. Taken together, these social and economic factors have produced an explosive mix, as the collapse of the Greek society spectacularly illustrates, with children abandoned in orphanages by starving parents. Financial capitalism is now eating its own children. That people should revolt is not that all surprising – after all, there is surely a limit to what they can endure. The crucial puzzle is the incapacity of economic and political elites to understand, anticipate and respond to such revolts – or revolutions.

The economics editor of the BBC’s flagship program Newsnight, Paul Mason is also one of the most influential journalists on twitter. He first reported live for the BBC on 9-11, and covered the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008 from outside its New York HQ.

This event is FREE to attend but bookings must be made in advance due to popular demand.

To reserve a place, please email Yangna Li: Y.Li@mdx.ac.uk.

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

 

‘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  

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Protest

Protest

POPULAR PROTEST

Forthcoming Socialist History Society Meetings
In a series on aspects of popular protest

Duncan Bowie (Chartist magazine) on:
From Radicalism to Socialism: Working Class Politics in London 1860-1900
7pm, Tuesday 13 March

Paul Burnham on
The Squatters’ Movement of 1946
7pm, Thursday 5 April

David Goodway on
The Real History of Chartism
7pm Thursday 19 April

Venue for all: Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London EC2

Admission Free

 

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

 

‘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  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

 

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Bankers

Bankers

CAPITALISM AT AN IMPASSE

Prabhat Patnaik: Capitalism at an Impasse
Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
6.30 – 8.30 pm in the Skylight Room
Discussant: Don Robotham, Professor of Anthropology

Prabhat Patnaik is a renowned Marxist economist and political writer, vice-chairman of the Kerala State Planning Board, and member of a four-person UN task force on the 2008 financial crisis. He taught economics at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi for over thirty years. Prior to the lecture, from 4 pm to 6 pm in Room 5109 there is also a seminar, open to the public, with Professor Patnaik to discuss economic recession and the world food crisis.

A pre-circulated paper, “The Emerging Context for Social Science Practice,” is accessible through http://capital.commons.gc.cuny.edu/.

Presented in partnership with the The GC Marxist Reading Group (http://capital.commons.gc.cuny.edu/)

The Center for Place, Culture and Politics Email: pcp@gc.cuny.edu 
Website: http://pcp.gc.cuny.edu

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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  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

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

Niccolo Machiavelli

NICCOLO MACHIAVELLI: POLITICS, PHILOSOPHY, LAW

Call for Papers

In the frame of the MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory, 9th Annual Conference, Manchester, 5-7 September 2012.
 
This workshop will be devoted to the Political Theory and Philosophy of Niccolò Machiavelli.

Machiavelli is one of the most influential thinkers of the Western political tradition. Every single political philosopher who comes after him refers to him, either implicitly or explicitly. Every serious politician is, sooner or later, confronted with some of the practical problems Machiavelli addresses. Five hundred years after his death, Machiavelli is ubiquitous but enigmatic: often quoted, but rarely understood, his ideas frequently reduced to a few maxims from The Prince. The proposed workshop combines a historical perspective with a theoretical approach. It aims at examining the theoretical problems Machiavelli raised, problems critical not only for the early modern age but for all subsequent Western political theory.

Paper proposals (ca. 1000 words), in English, French, or Italian are welcome in any of the following axes:

–    The Secretary of the Republic: Machiavelli and the Crisis of the Late Renaissance.
–    Sempre vi fu chi serve e chi comanda: The Early Writings.
–    The verità effettuale della cosa: Machiavelli’s Ontological Realism.
–    Grounding on the Void: The Origin of Politics and Constituent Power.
–    The Criticism of Common Good and the Humanist Tradition.
–    Theory of Tumult: Law, Conflict, and Political Order.
–    Fortune as Occasion: A Theory of Contingency.
–    The Ordinanza: Military Reform as Political Revolution.
–    History as a Kampfplatz: Historiography as a Political Theory.
–    Parole ignominiose: Problems of Language and Translation.
–    In a Materialist Way: Machiavelli’s Philosophy.
–    The Criticism of Liberality: Politics and Economy.
–    The Poverty of Rhetoric: Repoliticising Machiavelli.
–    Demos and Kratos: Machiavellian Democracy and Theories of Popular Participation.
–    Sources: Plato, Aristotle, Lucretius, Livy, Polybius, Tacitus, Cicero, Averroism.
–    The Conflictual Heritage: Vettori, Guicciardini, Gentili, Le Roy, Gentillet, Campanella, Bacon, Descartes, Hobbes, Harrington, Spinoza, Bayle, Frederick II, de la Houssaye, Montesquieu, Rousseau, Hegel, Fichte, Quinet, Croce, Gramsci, Arendt, Strauss, Althusser.

Paper proposals and a short CV should be sent by May 15th to the workshop organizer, Filippo Del Lucchese (Brunel University – London) at the following email address:  filippo.dellucchese@brunel.ac.uk / f.dellucchese@gmail.com

The expected presenting time will be around 30-40 minutes per speaker, depending on the exact number of papers. The MANCEPT conference official language is English, but exceptions can be granted, if a sufficient number of presenters in another language is found.

 

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Rouge

THE ROUGE FORUM: UPDATE 3rd MARCH 2012

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

Susan Ohanian will be a Keynote Speaker at the Rouge Forum Conference. Susan’s advocacy work keeps at its core her 20 years as a teacher. Her more than 300 essays on education issues have appeared in periodicals ranging from Phi Delta Kappan cover stories to The Atlantic, Nation, USA Today, Washington Monthly, Extra! (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting), and numerous education journals. One of her 26 book on education policy and practice introduced the word Standardisto.

Although currently censored at the NCTE online discussion site, Susan’s website received the NCTE’s George Orwell Award for Distinguished Contributions to Honesty and Clarity in Public Language. She has delivered the annual MacClement Lecture for Excellence in Education, Queens University, Ontario, Canada, the Helen Oakes lecture at Temple University, and the Biber Lecture, Bank Street College, New York.

Susan started a website to protest the passage of NCLB. She had hoped to shut it down by now, but things keep getting worse, so she persists.

Call for Proposals

Rouge Forum 2012
OCCUPY EDUCATION! Class Conscious Pedagogies for Social Change
June 22-24, 2012
Miami University
Oxford, OH
Proposals Due April 15, 2012

The Rouge Forum 2012 will be held at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. The University’s picturesque campus is located 50 minutes northwest of Cincinnati. The conference will be held June 22-24, 2012.

Proposals for papers, panels, performances, workshops, and other multimedia presentations should include title(s) and names and contact information for presenter(s). The deadline for sending proposals is April 15. The Steering Committee will email acceptance notices by May 1. (details http://rougeforum2012.wordpress.com/rf-2012-call-for-proposals/)

Good Luck to our side
Rich Gibson

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic