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Communisation

Communisation

PRECARIOUS COMMUNISM

Precarious Communism

Book Release London March 25th
Tuesday March 25th @ 5PM
New Academic Building LG01
Goldsmiths, University of London
New Cross, London SE14 6NW

http://www.gold.ac.uk/calendar/?id=7429

https://www.facebook.com/events/219778581551552

How does one demonstrate the enduring relevance of a sacred text but to help it speak to present times? This is what churches do with the Bible and what Marxists do with the writings of Marx. Come on join us to celebrate the release of Precarious Communism, in which Richard Gilman-Opalsky detourns Marx and Engels to create a mutant manifesto for an autonomist and millennial Marxism.

Richard Gilman-Opalsky is Associate Professor of Political Philosophy in the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Springfield. He is the author of Spectacular Capitalism: Guy Debord and the Practice of Radical Philosophy (2011) and Unbounded Publics: Transgressive Public Spheres, Zapatismo, and Political Theory (2008).

Hosted by the Centre for Cultural Studies: http://www.gold.ac.uk/cultural-studies/

Richard will also be presenting seminars (with Stevphen Shukaitis) at:
– the Department of Politics, History and International Relations at
Loughboro University on March 26th: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/phir/research/arg/
– the Centre for Work, Organization, and Society at the University of Essex on March 28th (this will be a day long workshop)

For more information on any of these events e-mail Stevphen Shukaitis: sshuka@essex.ac.uk

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Neoliberalism

Neoliberalism

UNDERSTANDING NEOLIBERALISM

With Neil Davidson and Anwar Shaikh

Friday, March 21 * 7pm * RSVP on fb.

Puck Building 4th floor * 295 Lafayette St (at Houston)

Neoliberalism is a term often used, yet rarely in the same way twice. 

We are very excited to welcome Neil Davidson and Anwar Shaikh to a discussion that can help establish just what we mean when we say “neoliberalism”. 

Our speakers will help untangle the complicated — and often contradictory — understandings of neoliberalism.

Aspects covered will include:

  *neoliberalism as a period in the history of capitalism;

  *the long-term effects of capitalist globalization;

  *the short-term impact of capitalist crisis;

  *and social neoliberalism as a regime of consolidation.

 

Readings to prepare:

The neoliberal era in Britain: Historical developments and current perspectives – Neil Davidson

The Economic Mythology of Neoliberalism – Anwar Shaikh

 

Presented by Haymarket Books and the NYC International Socialist Organization, as part of their Socialism Series.

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About the Speakers

Neil Davidson lectures in Sociology in the School of Political and Social Science at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. He is the author of several books, including:

“Holding Fast to an Image of the Past: Essays on Marxism and History” (http://bit.ly/1gdq5zQ) — forthcoming; “How Revolutionary Were the Bourgeois Revolutions?” (http://bit.ly/1iEw6sJ); and “Discovering the Scottish Revolution,” (http://bit.ly/1fyNdxn) for which he was awarded the Deutscher Prize.

Anwar Shaikh is a Professor of Economics at the Graduate Faculty of The New School in New York City. He has written on international trade, finance theory, political economy, U.S. macroeconomic policy, the welfare state, growth theory, inflation theory, crisis theory, inequality on the world scale, and past and current global economic crises.

Shaikh’s many books and publications include “Globali zation and the Myths of Free Trade: History, Theory and Empirical Evidence”; “The Economic Mythology of Neoliberalism” and “Explaining Inflation and Unemployment: An Alternative to Neoliberal Economic Theory”

 

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Guy Debord

Guy Debord

THE SOCIETY OF THE SPECTACLE

THE SOCIETY OF THE SPECTACLE by Guy Debord

Newly translated and annotated by Ken Knabb
150 pages. $15.00

Guy Debord was the most influential figure in the Situationist International, the notorious group that helped trigger the May 1968 revolt in France. His book “The Society of the Spectacle,” originally published in Paris in 1967, has been translated into more than twenty other languages and is arguably the most important radical book of the twentieth century. This is the first edition in any language to include extensive annotations, clarifying the historical allusions and revealing the sources of Debord’s
“détournements.”

Contrary to popular misconceptions, Debord’s book is neither an ivory tower “philosophical” discourse nor a mere expression of “protest.” It is a carefully considered effort to clarify the most fundamental tendencies and contradictions of the society in which we find ourselves. This makes it more of a challenge, but it is also why it remains so pertinent nearly half a century after its original publication while countless other social theories and intellectual fads have come and gone.

It has, in fact, become even more pertinent than ever, because the spectacle has become more all-pervading than ever — to the point that it is almost universally taken for granted. Most people today have scarcely any awareness of pre-spectacle history, let alone of anti-spectacle possibilities. As Debord noted in his follow-up work, “Comments on the Society of the Spectacle” (1988), “spectacular domination has succeeded in raising an entire generation molded to its laws.”

The book is now at the printer’s. It will be available March 20. For further information, see http://www.bopsecrets.org/cat.htm

Bonuses for Some

Bonuses for Some

 

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