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Education Crisis


Volume 10, Number 2: October 2012 – Now Out!

Some excellent and timely articles in this issue of Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies: Glenn Rikowski


ISSN 1740-2743 Online version / ISSN 2051-0959 Print version

The Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies (JCEPS) is a peer-reviewed international scholarly journal published by The Institute for Education Policy Studies (IEPS). The free, online version is published in association with the University of Athens (Greece). The print version (available on subscription or purchase – click on the Subscriptions and Purchasing link is published by IEPS). JCEPS will have three issues per annum, as from 2013. The journal website is 

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The Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies (JCEPS) seeks to develop Marxist and other Left analysis of education. JCEPS seeks and publishes articles that critique global, national, neo-liberal, neo-conservative, New Labour, Third Way, postmodernist and other analyses of policy developments, as well as those that attempt to report on, analyse and develop Socialist/ Marxist transformative policy for schooling and education from a number of Radical Left perspectives. JCEPS also addresses issues of social class, ‘race’, gender, sexual orientation, disability and capital/ism; critical pedagogies, new public managerialism and academic / non-academic labour, and empowerment/ disempowerment.

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Dave Hill: Immiseration Capitalism, Activism and Education: Resistance, Revolt and Revenge

Frank Truth: Pay Big to Publish Fast: Academic Journal Rackets

Mike Neary and Sarah Amsler: Occupy: a new pedagogy of space and time?

Periklis Pavlidis: The Antinomic Condition of the University: “Universal Labour” Beyond “Academic Capitalism”

Curry Malott: Rethinking Educational Purpose: The socialist challenge

Jennifer de Saxe: Conceptualizing Critical Feminist Theory and Emancipatory Education

Mike Cole: ‘Abolish the white race’ or ‘transfer economic power to the people’? : Some educational implications

Mike Neary: Teaching Politically: Policy, Pedagogy and the New European University

Ravi Kumar: The Charge of Neoliberal Brigade and Higher Education in India

Dionysios Gouvias: The Post-modern Rhetoric of Recent Reforms in Greek Higher Education

Babak Fozooni: The Politics of Encyclopaedias

Gun-Marie Frånberg and Marie Wrethander: The rise and fall of a social problem: Critical reflections on educational policy and research issues

Imed Labidi: Arabizing Obama: Media’s Racial Pathologies and the Rise of Postmodern Racism

Maria Nikolakaki: Building a Society of Solidarity Through Critical Pedagogy: Group Teaching as a Social and Democratic Tool

Navin Kumar Singh: Exploration of Praxis through Personal and Professional Journey: Implications

Olli-Jukka Jokisaari: A Philosophy for Education in the World of Technology

Reza Pishghadam and Elham Naji Meidani: A Critical Look into Critical Pedagogy

Geraldine Mooney Simmie: The Pied Piper of Neo Liberalism Calls the Tune in the Republic of Ireland: An Analysis of Education Policy Text from 2000-2012




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The Present Crisis

The present moment is arguably one of unprecedented confusion on the Left.  The emergence of many new theoretical perspectives on Marxism, anarchism, and the left generally seem rather than signs of a newfound vitality, the intellectual reflux of its final disintegration in history.  As for the politics that still bothers to describe itself as leftist today, it seems no great merit that it is largely disconnected from the academic left’s disputations over everything from imperialism to ecology. Perhaps nowhere are these symptoms more pronounced than around the subject of the economy.

As Marxist economics has witnessed of late a flurry of recent works, many quite involved in their depth and complexity, recent activism around austerity, joblessness, and non-transparency while quite creative in some respects seems hesitant to oppose with anything but nostalgia for the past the status quo mantra, “There is no Alternative.”  At a time when the United States has entered the most prolonged slump since the Great Depression, the European project founders on the shoals of debt and nationalism.  If the once triumphant neoliberal project of free markets for free people seems utterly exhausted, the “strange non-death of neo-liberalism,” as a recent book title has it, seems poised to carry on indefinitely.  The need for a Marxist politics adequate to the crisis is as great as such a politics is lacking.

And 2011 now seems to be fading into the past.  In Greece today as elsewhere in Europe existing Left parties remain largely passive in the face of the crisis, eschewing radical solutions (if they even imagine such solutions to exist).  In the United States, Occupy has vanished from the parks and streets, leaving only bitter grumbling where there once seemed to be creativity and open-ended potential. In Britain, the 2011 London Riots, rather than political protest, was trumpeted as the shafted generation’s response to the crisis, overshadowing the police brutality that actually occasioned it.  Finally, in the Arab world where, we are told the 2011 revolution is still afoot, it seems inconceivable that the revolution, even as it bears within it the hopes of millions, could alter the economic fate of any but a handful.

While joblessness haunts billions worldwide, politicization of the issue seems chiefly the prerogative of the right.  Meanwhile, the poor worldwide face relentless price rises in fuel and essential foodstuffs. The prospects for world revolution seem remote at best, even as bankers and fund managers seem to lament democracy’s failure in confronting the crisis. In this sense, it seems plausible to argue that there is no crisis at all, but simply the latest stage in an ongoing social regression. What does it mean to say that we face a crisis, after all, when there is no real prospect that anything particularly is likely to change, at least not for the better?

In this opaque historical moment, Platypus wants to raise some basic questions:

* Do we live in a crisis of capitalism today and, if so, of what sort — political? Economic? Social?

* Why do seemingly sophisticated leftist understandings of the world appear unable to assist in the task of changing it?

* Conversely, can the world be thought intelligible without our capacity to self-consciously transform it through practice?

* Can Marxism survive as an economics or social theory without politics?

* Is there capitalism after socialism?

From: Radical Interpretations of the Present Crisis:

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Organised by the Department of Development Studies

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

University of London

Convenor: Professor Gilbert Achcar


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Art historian and critic, Sotheby’s Institute of Art and Goldsmiths College, University of London

Wednesday 31 October, 6:30pm

SOAS, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Free entrance, no booking required, first come first seated

MARCUS VERHAGEN is an art historian and critic who has taught at universities in the USA and the UK. In the years since 2002, when he started to work on contemporary art, he has written over 60 articles and reviews for art magazines such as Art Monthly, Frieze and Art Review. He has also published in several journals, including Representations, Third Text, New Left Review and Afterall. He currently teaches at Sotheby’s Institute of Art and Goldsmiths College.


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Raya Dunayevskaya


Marxism and Feminism, Past and Present: On Helen Macfarlane, Rosa Luxemburg and Raya Dunayevskaya

London Public Meeting

Thursday 8 November 2012

7.30 pm at The Lucas Arms, 245a Grays Inn Road, King’s Cross, London, WC1X 8QZ (5 mins. Kings Cross Tube)



Heather Brown, author of Marx on Gender and the Family: A Critical Study

Sandra Rein, author of Reading Dunayevskaya: Engaging the Emergence of Marxist Humanism, 1930-1955

David Black, author of Helen Macfarlane: A Feminist, Revolutionary Journalist and Philosopher in Mid-19th Century England; and co-author (with Chris Ford) of 1839: The Chartist Insurrection

Meeting sponsored by the International Marxist-Humanist Organization.





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Education Crisis



We Are Ontario – Putting Equity before Austerity Conference, Niagara Falls

Hosted by the Ontario Federation of Labour

November 9-11, 2012
Embassy Suites Niagara Falls – Fallsview
6700 Fallsview Boulevard, Niagara Falls, L2G 3W6

Contact – Janice Gairey – or Paulette Hazel –
Phone – 416.443.7667 or 416.441.2731 x 667 Fax – 416.441.1893 Web-site:–

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Social Planning Toronto (SPT) Member Forum: 2013 City Budget

Friday, Nov. 30
Doors open 9am, 9:30am to 12pm
2nd floor auditorium, Metro Central YMCA (space is wheelchair accessible)
20 Grosvenor Street (Yonge & Wellesley)

Join us for our annual City budget forum! Come and learn about:

– the City of Toronto’s 2013 staff-recommended operating budget
– what the budget means for our communities
– opportunities to participate in the budget process

The forum will include a presentation on the 2013 City budget, remarks from our community panel, and a question / answer and discussion session with participants.

Speakers include:

– Mark Ferguson, CUPE Local 416
– Sonja Greckol and Lishai Peel, Toronto Women’s City Alliance
– Franz Hartmann, Toronto Environmental Alliance
– Rob Howarth, Toronto Neighbourhood Centres
– Linsey MacPhee, Toronto Drop-In Network
– Tim Maguire, CUPE Local 79
– Claire McWatt, Toronto Youth Cabinet
– Jane Mercer, Toronto Coalition for Better Child Care
– Neethan Shan, Council of Agencies Serving South Asians
– Michael Shapcott, Wellesley Institute
– Susan Wright, Toronto Arts Council

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Book Launch – Raising the Workers’ Flag: The Workers’ Unity League of Canada, 1930-1936
By Stephen L. Endicott
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

The last time the Canadian working class faced a crisis as serious as this one – during the Great Depression of the 1930s – they emerged with a new form of working class organization and new tactics. It was then that industrial unionism exploded and along with it a new radicalism that included historic strikes, movements of the unemployed, political demands linked to struggles, and the famous sit-downs. The question confronting us today is what kind of new organizational forms and tactics-strategies might emerge from this crisis.

The past won’t give us answers, but it does carry clues. In this regard, a new book by Stephen Endicott is a very worthwhile read. It is about the Workers Unity League, which was established by Canadian Communists at the end of the 1920s and for six years led heroic strikes outside the existing unions and developed a militancy and class sensibility that was then collapsed into the unions it earlier fought. It mines new archival material from the RCMP and Communist Party and not only discusses the debates that led to the decision to operate outside of the existing unions and the
circumstances that led to an eventual reversal, but also – and especially important in the present context – the particular organizing strategies used at a time of great attacks on the working class while the official leadership of labour floundered.

The book launch is on November 14, 6-8pm at the Ben McNally Bookstore
366 Bay Street
Toronto, ON
Tel. 416-361-0032

This is a private book launch, so the store will be closed, but tell them you are there for the Stephen Endicott book launch.


The Inner Activist: Building Personal Mastery

Sunday, December 2 to Saturday, December 8, 2012
The Haven, Gabriola Island

7-Day All Inclusive Package:
$2,250 – Early Bird / $2,500 – Regular

As a leader of change, you are invited to attend our Building Personal Mastery program. This is a rare opportunity to join a diverse group of change leaders in a 7 day (all-inclusive) residential program where you can rejuvenate and develop your emotional leadership capacity.

Join us December 2 – 8, 2012 and over the course of 7 days you will acquire Self-Knowledge and Personal Mastery Tools that will help you lead from your best self.

–  Discover how you get in your own way.
– What are the disconnects between your intention and what you actually do?
– Uncover root causes of limiting behaviours that don’t serve you personally or professionally.
– Connect with life serving goals that guide your day to day actions towards your highest aspirations.
– Understand your role in organizational challenges and team dynamics, and how to lead from your best self.

Leading social change is demanding: Understanding how your inner experience drives your behaviour is the cornerstone to success. In this program you will be invited to explore what makes you tick, particularly in stressful situations. What unrealized potential can you unleash? What is your learning edge that will help you become a more effective change leader?

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Reviving Labour’s Image

February 22-23, 2013
Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in downtown Toronto

From Wisconsin to California and to Canada, the radical right has been eroding worker freedoms and union gains. And many people are acknowledging why the right’s on the move. The New York Times noted recently that in California prospects “are stronger” today to pass a referendum to curtail union political spending “because of a decline in the image of labor.”

You know, too, that a poor image means you have to work harder to get public support. With more membership and public sympathy, everything unions work for is easier, especially organizing – the front line in the struggle against the right’s anti-union movement. Your opponents are telling labour’s story, so everything you do is much more difficult.

But unions can improve their image, as more than 80 elected leaders, organizers, campaign staff, educators, media relations staff and others learned at September’s Reviving Labour’s Image training event.

You’ll learn how to think about labour’s image in a whole new way from Terry O’Reilly, see how to defeat workers’ fears about unions from psychologist Margo Watt, and see the impact of a union advertising campaign on labour’s image.

You will also delve into how to build and protect a “brand” image from brand advisor Dan Aronchick, pick up insights into persuading an audience on any screen – from Skype to CNN – from media consultant Allan Bonner, and hear about turning around a damaged image from consultant Robin Sears. You will come away with great new ideas and practical, affordable, real-world advice you can use in your job the day after.

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Mayworks Festival Open Call for Submissions 2013 Festival

Deadline: November 5, 2012

Mayworks Festival – Toronto is pleased to invite submissions for its 28th festival season. Applications are accepted from groups and individuals in a range of disciplines, including: visual art, music / poetry, film, video, interdisciplinary, and theatre.

Mayworks Festival is a multi-disciplinary arts festival that celebrates cultural production working class culture. Mayworks Festival seeks to showcase high calibre art by artists at all stages in their careers that are politically and socially engaged with labour realities.  We are especially committed to providing a platform to support the under-represented labor of indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, migrants, women, queer-identified people, people of color, and youth.

Our program committee is guided by our equity policy that recognizes the systemic discrimination and injustices faced by equity-seeking groups. Mayworks Festival is not a funding body, we work in partnership with unions and co-presenters to present events that fit our mandate. We are committed to paying artists’ fees.

Submissions will not be accepted after the deadline date: Nov. 5, 2012.
Proposals selected will be notified by email by December 2012. The festival dates (TBD) will be in early May 2013.

Questions about the application process, contact Dianah Smith at
Organizations interested in co-sponsoring an event at Mayworks Festival, contact Nausheen Quayyum at


The Nature of the Beast: Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin on ‘The Making of Global Capitalism’

by Aaron Leonard,

Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin have just released their latest book, The Making of Global Capitalism. Aaron Leonard recently sat down with Panitch and Gindin in New York City to discuss their work.

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Global Economic Crisis Shakes Old Paradigms

by Walden Bello, Toward Freedom

The world will soon enter the sixth year of the Great Recession, and there is no end in sight. In the United States, where stagnation continues to reign, some 23 million Americans remain out of work, are underemployed, or have simply dropped out of the labor force owing to frustration.

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Video: Understanding Marx Through Comedy

Here’s a decent comedic attempt to explain some of Marx’s basic ideas.

“Capitalism teaches the people the moral conceptions of cannibalism are the strong devouring the weak; its theory of the world of men and women is that of a glorified pig-trough where the biggest swine gets the most swill.” — James Connolly 1910

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Video: Occupy Socialism

Alternatives to Economic Inequality, Imperialist War and Ecological Destruction

Ingo Schmidt is an economist, a writer, and a labour educator. He is the Coordinator of the Labour Studies Program at Athabasca University.

Part of the World Peace Forum Teach-In and produced by working TV.

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Head: Peter Sawchuk
Co-ordinator: D’Arcy Martin

The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) brings together educators from university, union, and community settings to understand and enrich the often-undervalued informal and formal learning of working people. We develop research and teaching programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) that strengthen feminist, anti-racist, labour movement, and working-class perspectives on learning and work.

Our major project is APCOL: Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning. This five-year project (2009-2013), funded by SSHRC-CURA, brings academics and activists together in a collaborative effort to evaluate how organizations approach issues and campaigns and use popular education. For more information about this project, visit

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Children at Work


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Global Studies of Childhood
Volume 2 Number 3, 2012, ISSN 1463-9491


Childhood Futures: better childhoods?

Keri Facer, Rachel Holmes & Nick Lee. Editorial OPEN ACCESS

Jill Bradbury & Jude Clark. Echoes of the Past in Imaginings of the Future: the problems and possibilities of working with young people in contemporary South Africa

Ida Fadzillah. ‘Better Childhoods’ as Immigration Narrative (Not) Told through Food

Kate Pahl. Time and Space as a Resource for Meaning-Making by Children and Young People in Home and Community Settings

Heather Rae-Espinoza. Parental Emigration and Conceptions of Better Futures in Ecuador

Jennifer Sumsion & Susan Grieshaber. Pursuing Better Childhoods and Futures through Curriculum: utopian visions in the development of Australia’s Early Years Learning Framework

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Dear Forest Roots Folk

Just to remind you that Forest Roots is next friday and not tonight when we have world renowned guitarist Hugh Burns. He will be ably accompanied by percussionist Roy Dodds. We also have a few tunes from the Oscar Pavel Trio and a new up and coming father and son duo as well as The Flats Family Band, surprise guests and local performers. Also we have been very efficient and finally got it together to book acts for the rest of the year!

2nd November – Hugh Burns with Roy Dodds
7th December – Adam Beattie and the Consultants, Brooke Sharkey
28th December – Christmas Party with The Flats Family Band
25th January – Molten Amber

So, see you all at Forest Roots next Friday at the Lord Rookwood, 314 Cann Hall Road  Leytonstone, London E11 3NW. Starts 8.30pm

Stay forever young
Jenny and Caroline

PS you might want to check out the  new  Green Fair Acoustic Music Club at the R.A.F.A Club in Cranbrook Road Ilford. For more info email




‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon:

‘Stagnant’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon:  

‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski:


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Will Self


Will Self Book Signing at Friern Barnet Library

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

7:00 PM  

Friern Barnet Road, N11 3DR

Will Self will be attending the Friern Barnet Community Library to sign copies of his latest novel, Umbrella which is set in Friern Barnet and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2012. Hopefully, given the location of the book signing, which has regularly made the national news in recent months (see below), there will be a lively political discussion to follow. 

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Praise for Umbrella:

“Umbrella is a magnificent celebration of modernist prose, an epic account of the first world war, a frightening investigation into the pathology of mental illness, and the first true occasion when Self’s ambition and talent have produced something of real cultural significance.” (The Spectator)

A “brilliant and original work” (Mark Lawson, The Guardian)

“A stunning novel” (David Evans, The Independent)

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“Last week a district judge in the London borough delayed eviction proceedings against squatters who a month ago occupied and reopened a library at Friern Barnet. It had been closed by the Conservative-controlled council as part of its radical experiment in shrinking local public services. “Guerrilla” librarians have kept the building open 48 hours a week and residents have donated 5,000 books to restock the shelves. There are children’s story sessions and exercise classes. Donations dropped into a biscuit tin keep the lights on.”

“”The community library is the ‘big society’ by definition, but it is not the ‘big society’ as the government envisaged it,” said Mrs Angry, whose real name is Theresa Musgrove. “They wanted the ‘big society’ to be obedient and to enable the cuts they wanted.”

This is an ecumenical insurrection where full-time activists and union leaders worried about jobs are joined by retirees and local mothers. The cause has attracted the support of the leftwing film-maker Ken Loach, who has contributed to a documentary about the matter called The Billion Pound Gamble.

But there is also anecdotal evidence that the aggression of the council’s cuts is alienating core Conservative voters.

Ann Foskett, a Tory-voting grandmother who has lived in the area for 40 years, dropped off a bag of books at the library as the activists celebrated their court victory with tea and biscuits. She said the closure was “absolutely scandalous” adding: “I do vote Tory normally, but things have gone to pot, particularly for old people. There used to be lots of local groups meeting in libraries, but there’s nothing now.””




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Now Out! The Ellen Meiksins Wood Reader

Edited by Larry Patriquin, NipissingUniversity


Volume: 40

Series: Historical Materialism Book Series



ISBN: 9789004230088

Publication Year: 2012

Edition info:  1

Version: Hardback

Publication Type: Book

Pages, Illustrations: xiii, 335 pp.

Imprint: BRILL

Language: English

Ellen Meiksins Wood is a leading contemporary political theorist who has elaborated an innovative approach to the history of political thought, the ‘social history of political theory’. She has been described as the founder, together with the historian Robert Brenner, of ‘Political Marxism’, a distinct version of historical materialism which has inspired a research program that spans a number of academic disciplines. Organized thematically, this Reader brings together selections from Wood’s groundbreaking scholarship, published over three decades, providing an overview of her original interpretations of capitalism, precapitalist societies, the state, political theory, democracy, citizenship, liberalism, civil society, the Enlightenment, globalization, imperialism, and socialism


All those interested in the history and theories of capitalism, socialism, imperialism, Marxism, liberalism, social classes, democracy, civil society, and citizenship.


Table of Contents



Introduction: The ‘Method’ of Ellen Meiksins Wood

1. Capitalism
The ‘economic’ and the ‘political’ in capitalism
Class-power and state-power
Feudalism and private property
Capitalism as the privatisation of political power
The localisation of class-struggle
England vs. the dominant model of capitalism
The bourgeois paradigm
Begging the question
Opportunity or imperative?
The commercialisation-model
Marx on the transition
Towns and trade
Agrarian capitalism
Market-dependent producers
A different kind of market-dependence?
Competitive markets

2. Precapitalist Societies
Class and state in China and Rome
Rome and the empire of private property
The city-states of Florence and Venice
Master and slave vs. landlord and peasant
Free producers and slaves
Slavery and the ‘decline’ of the Roman Empire
The ‘logic’ of slavery vs. the logic of capitalism
The ‘slave-mode of production’
Agricultural slavery and the peasant-citizen
The nexus of freedom and slavery in democratic Athens

3. The State in Historical Perspective
Class and state in ancient society
The emergence of the polis in ancient Athens
The ‘essence’ of the polis
Class in the democratic polis
Village and state, town and country, in democratic Athens
The rise and fall of Rome
The culture of property: the Roman law
From imperial Rome to ‘feudalism’
Absolutism and the modern state
The idea of the state
The peculiarities of the English state
Contrasting states: France vs. England

4. Social and Political Thought
The social history of political theory
Political theory in history: an overview
The Greek concept of freedom
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
John Locke
Revolution and tradition, c. 1640–1790

5. Democracy, Citizenship, Liberalism, and Civil Society
Labour and democracy, ancient and modern
From ancient to modern conceptions of citizenship
Capitalism and democratic citizenship
The American redefinition of democracy
A democracy devoid of social content
From democracy to liberalism
Capitalism and ‘liberal democracy’
Liberal democracy and capitalist hegemony
The idea of ‘civil society’
The civil-society argument
‘Civil society’ and the devaluation of democracy

6. The Enlightenment, Postmodernism, and the Post-‘New Left’
Modernity vs. capitalism: France vs. England
From modernity to postmodernity
Modernity and the non-history of capitalism
Themes of the postmodern left
Enlightenment vs. capitalism: Condorcet vs. Locke
The periodisation of the Western left
Left-intellectuals and contemporary capitalism

7. Globalisation and Imperialism
Globalisation and the nation-state
Nation-states, classes, and universal capitalism
The indispensable state
Precapitalist imperialism
The classic age of imperialism
Globalisation and war
Globalisation and imperial hegemony
The contradictions of capitalist imperialism

8. Socialism
The end of the welfare-state ‘compact’
There are no social democrats now
Market-dependence vs. market-enablement
Left-strategies of market-enablement
The political implications of competition
The working class and the struggle for socialism
Class-conflict and the socialist project
Socialism and democracy
The state in classless societies
Liberalism vs. democracy
‘Universal human goods’
The self-emancipation of the working class
The socialist movement
Democracy as an economic mechanism

Bibliography of Works by Ellen Meiksins Wood, 1970–2012


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Ten years after the biggest demonstrations in history in February 2003, this conference will discuss and plan opposition to continuing and further wars. As millions around the world predicted, the war on terror has caused catastrophe from Afghanistan and Pakistan through Iraq and the Middle East to Libya, Somalia and beyond.

The Conference will bring together leading activists and commentators to analyse continuing Western aggression and how to confront it.

Tickets cost £15 / £8 concessions.

Book your ticket on the conference web site or telephone 02075619311 or email

Organised by Stop the War Coalition.

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Volume 11 Number 2, 2012, ISSN 1478-8047



Cathy Fagan. Editorial OPEN ACCESS

Margareth Drakenberg & Therese Vincenti Malmgren. Basic Values: are curriculum ideas being realised? A Metaphor Analysis

Monika Oberle. Pupils’ Political Knowledge Regarding the European Union

Anand R. Marri, Meesuk Ahn, Jeffrey Fletcher, Tang T. Heng & Thomas Hatch. Self-Efficacy of US High School Teachers Teaching the Federal Budget, National Debt and Budget Deficit: a mixed-methods case study

Keith A. Crawford. Education, Ethics and Religion: a case study

Sofia C. Pais, Margarida Guedes & Isabel Menezes. The Values of Empowerment and Citizenship and the Experience of Children and Adolescents with a Chronic Disease



Kamilla Bahbahani. Citizenship Education in Kyrgyzstan: building a new democracy



Teaching Citizenship Education: a radical approach (Ralph Leighton), reviewed by Karen Ragoonaden


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This is an interesting website, although it seems often that the stock answer to the troubles and crises of contemporary universities in the United States is privatization. However, there are thought-provoking articles on topics such as learning outcomes, the vocationalization of higher education and managerialism. There is also a firm commitment to liberal education – at a time when it is under threat.

Glenn Rikowski, London, 27th October 2012  



About ‘Minding the Campus’ (from the MtC website):

“The liberally educated person is one who is able to resist the easy and preferred answers, not because he is obstinate but because he knows others worthy of consideration” — Allan Bloom.

With the 25th Anniversary of Allan Bloom’s The Closing Of The American Mind upon us, the absence of intellectual pluralism that Bloom decried is still depressingly upon us. There is an undeniable divide between the Academy and larger society; a curtain has been drawn around the academy, inside of which the protection of certain ideas has trumped intellectual exchange and a search for the truth. There should be no easy or protected answers in our schools. In the modern academy, many certainly do not know all of the ideas worthy of consideration.

Minding the Campus hopes to change that by fostering a new climate of opinion that favors civil and honest engagement of all sides, offering an engaged debate for readers concerned with the state of the modern university. We provide a simple central resource, featuring fresh original content and drawing upon the best from established magazines and publications, as well as from less-visited corners, from professional journals to blogs and student publications. In connecting resources from disparate worlds, we hope to connect their readers, fostering potential for real discussion and change.

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