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China

CHINA LEFT REVIEW – ISSUE 5 (2012)

http://chinaleftreview.org/

2012, Issue #5
Democracy: Critiques and Prospects

English Introduction

Part I.  Reflections and Critiques of Bourgeois Democracy

WANG Shaoguang: Reflections on Democratic Systems
Interview with WANG Hui: Contradictions, Systemic Crisis and Directions for Change
HAN Yuhai: Constitutional Rule and the Proletarian State

Part II. Experiments and Practices Beyond Bourgeois Democracy

CAO Haohan: Lenin, the Soviet and the Dictatorship of the Proletariat
Fred ENGST: An Analysis of the Relationship between the Working Class and Its Party in the Socialist Period
YAN Hairong: Reflection is not Demonization: A Conversation with Cao Zhenglu about His New Novel Lessons in Democracy (excerpted)
George LAMBIE: The Cuban Revolution in the 21st Century (abridged and excerpted)
Marta HARNECKER: Popular power in Latin America — Inventing in order to not make errors (abridged and excerpted)
Appendix: Democratic Experiments in Venezuela

Shanghai

Part III. Reflections on Democratic Transitions

CHENG, Tun-Jen: Is the dog barking?: The middle class and democratic movements in the East Asian NICs
Przemyslaw WIELGOSZ: 25 Years of Solidarity – From Workers Revolution to Capitalism
HUANG De-bei: Taiwan’s Democratization: Experiences and Reflection (abridged and excerpted)
Samir AMIN: Movement in Egypt: Wang Hui and Lau Kin Chi’s Conversation with Amin (abridged and excerpted)
James PETRAS/Henry VELTMEYER: Uprisings and Regime Change in the Arab World (Beyond Neoliberalism: A World to Win)

China

Part IV. Debate: Views and Analyses on Democracy in China

Some Notable Proposals for China’s Political Change
Barry SAUTMAN and YAN Hairong: The ‘Right Dissident’: Liu Xiaobo and the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize
Christopher McNALLY and Teresa WRIGHT: Sources of Social Support for China’s Current Political Order: The ‘Thick Embeddedness’ of China’s Private Capital Holders

Part V.  On Village Elections

ZHANG Deyuan: When it is Time Again for Our Village Election Experience. Rural Grassroots Election: Clans, Violence, and Bribery
ZHANG Chenghao: A Migrant’s Diary: Struggles for Interest in Rural Elections Turn White-Hot

China

First published at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/china-left-review-2012-issue-5

 

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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

 

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Egypt

TADWEEN PUBLISHING

Tadween Launches!

http://tadweenpublishing.com/pages/about-us

We are pleased to announce the launch of Tadween Publishing, a new kind of publishing house that seeks both to produce critical knowledge and interrogate existing processes and frameworks of knowledge production. A subsidiary of the Arab Studies Institute, Tadween aims to institutionalize a new form of publishing and knowledge production by challenging existing barriers, boundaries, and preconceived notions of the mainstream publishing world. By critically engaging existing scholarship and, simultaneously, by expanding the scope of what is deemed publication worthy, Tadween will interrogate the notion of publishable knowledge. We will publish in Arabic, English, and French, and there will be no restrictions on region or topic. For more information on Tadween, its editorial board, and staff, visit http://tadweenpublishing.com/pages/about-us.

New/Old Media, Social Media
The ambition of this new type of publishing house is to help influence the publishing world by incorporating the evolution of new media and knowledge production mechanisms as individuals become increasingly reliant on online and non-traditional media.

Interactivity With Purpose
Increasingly, knowledge consumers, particularly the new generations, process and access knowledge differently, and are stimulated by a variety of media that did not exist until recently. Tadween seeks not only to join the interactive knowledge production world, but to do so in an intellectually responsible manner.

Pedagogy and the Classroom
While engaging and expanding the notion of what is publication-worthy, Tadween emphasizes the pedagogical dimension of its products. Not all publications are equally amenable to a classroom, but most Tadween texts will have a teachable and research dimension that will be deliberated in the production process.

Knowledge Production Project
Finally, Tadween will be the primary vehicle for the dissemination of the fruits of the Arab Studies Institute’s Knowledge Production Project (KPP). This project aims at gathering/mining, organizing, and analyzing knowledge produced on the Middle East, primarily in the English-speaking world, since 1979.

 

Tadween Publishing: http://tadweenpublishing.com/

 

First published at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/tadween-launches

 

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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  

 

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

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

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Antonio Gramsci

ANTONIO GRAMSCI AND REVOLUTIONARY MARXISM TODAY

ALLIANCE FOR WORKERS LIBERTY DAY SCHOOL

Originally 24th November, now Saturday 15th December 2012

Antonio Gramsci and Revolutionary Marxism today. An AWL day school.

Saturday 15 December, 2012 – 14:00 – 19:00. Central London (tbc).

[Event moved from 24 November because of the Lewisham Hospital demonstration now called for that day. Come back to http://www.workersliberty.org/15decgramsci later for more details].

This is a day school on the ideas of Italian communist revolutionary Antonio Gramsci, and what they can bring to revolutionary Marxist politics and working-class struggle today.
Sessions will include:
● Showing of the short film New York and the Mystery of Naples: A Journey through Gramsci’s World, featuring Dario Fo, Giuseppe Fiori, Cornel West and Edward Said.

Plus workshops on
● Gramsci on “East and West”
● Gramsci’s idea of a socialist newspaper
● Education and revolution
● The Gramscian revolutionary party

First published at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/awl-gramsci-day-school-moved-from-24-nov-to-15-dec

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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

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

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

Wittgenstein

BRITISH WITTGENSTEIN SOCIETY (BWS) LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN LECTURE SERIES (LWLS)

The Ninth BWS Lecture will be delivered by Professor Paul Standish (Institute of Education, London)

Title: On Being Resolute (see abstract below)

At the University of Hertfordshire, De Havilland Campus, Room R110

Friday 23 November 2012 at 5 pm (a wine reception will follow)

Paul Standish is Professor of Philosophy of Education. He is concerned in his work particularly with questions in ethics and education. Author of the excellent Beyond the Self: Wittgenstein, Heidegger, and the limits of language (Ashgate 1992), Professor Standish is interested in the relation between Analytical and Continental philosophy and the productive tensions of that relation. He is co-editor of the Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of Education (2002) and of Stanley Cavell and the Education of Grownups (Fordham UP, 2011).

Abstract: On Being Resolute

A striking feature of Wittgenstein studies over the past decade or so has been debate over therapeutic readings of the texts, especially insofar as these extend backwards to include the Tractatus. “Resolute reading” has become the term of choice for at least some advocates of this view. Opponents of claims of this kind typically take issue not only over questions concerning the continuity of Wittgenstein’s thought but over the nature and possibilities of philosophy itself. Exchanges between the two camps – insofar as they can reasonably be identified in this way – have been lively, engaging, and sometimes insightful, but not always enlightening. To those on the outside, such debates can readily appear overly introspective, and this can muffle the sense of the wider importance of his philosophy. The discussion of Wittgenstein starts from issues that are critical to that importance, but in some respects these are obscured by aspects of the ensuing debate.

My discussion examines the implications of the adoption of the term “resolute” in this literature in the light of the provenance of therapeutic readings. It also turns beyond this towards a consideration of the significance of the virtue the term names for the reception of Wittgenstein more widely. This involves a return to questions regarding language and what it is to follow a rule.

The event is free, but registration is required. Please email bws@herts.ac.uk

How to get to the conference venue
Bus timetable from/to London
Map of the campus: Parking is complimentary, but you will need a voucher. Simply ask for one when registering for the lecture.

If you would like to become a member of the British Wittgenstein Society, please send an email to bws@herts.ac.uk stating your affiliation and/or focus of interest in Wittgenstein.

British Wittgenstein Societyhttp://www.editor.net/BWS/

Wittgenstein

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Dr Ian Ground, Secretary

The British Wittgenstein Society (BWS)

at the University of Hertfordshire

Department of Philosophy

De Havilland Campus

Hatfield, Herts AL10 9AB

website: www.britishwittgensteinsociety.herts.ac.uk

e-mail: bws@herts.ac.uk

Wittgenstein on Austrian stamp

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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

‘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

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

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