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The Labour Debate

TWO LONDON MEETINGS WITH JOHN HOLLOWAY

 

1. ANARCHIST BOOKFAIR/MUTE MAGAZINE DISCUSSION, 4-6pm, Saturday 24th October, London 

Capitalism’s Present Crisis – How Will It End? 

The capitalist system is facing years of crisis and social instability. This raises two questions: 

1) What caused the crisis? Was it ‘greedy bankers’, the natural tendencies of the capitalist system, or the resistance of the working class? 

2) How will the crisis end? Will it be with more state regulation, more cuts in living standards or with working class revolution? 

The London Anarchist Bookfair and Mute Magazine have invited three speakers to debate these issues: 

Paul Mason, a presenter on BBC’s Newsnight, and author of Meltdown: The End of the Age of Greed

John Holloway, author of Change The World Without Taking Power <http://libcom.org/library/change-world-without-taking-power-john-holloway> and Crack Capitalism (forthcoming). 

William Dixon, Mute Magazine contributor. 

The discussion will take place at the Skeel Lecture Theatre, Anarchist Bookfair, Queen Mary & Westfield college, Mile End Road, London E1, Mile End tube. 

For further information on the Anarchist Bookfair, including a roster of many other talks, go to: http://www.anarchistbookfair.org 

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2. CRACK CAPITALISM – A DISCUSSION WITH JOHN HOLLOWAY 

7-9pm, Monday 26th October, London 

At the height of the anti-capitalist movement, John Holloway’s book Change The World without Taking Power<http://libcom.org/library/change-world-without-taking-power-john-holloway>provoked an international debate*. Eight years later, after the failure of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, combined with the failure of the capitalist economy, anti-capitalism is back on the agenda. 

John Holloway will introduce his forthcoming book, Crack Capitalism, followed by a discussion on how we can change the world without repeating the tragedies of twentieth century socialism. 

Come and join the debate. 

*To read the debate around the book Change The World Without Taking Power, go to: http://www.herramienta.com.ar/debate-sobre-cambiar-el-mundo/presentacion-e-indice-de-articulos 

VENUE: The Octagon Room*, Queen’s Building, Queen Mary & Westfield College, Mile End Road, London E1, Mile End Tube. (The event will be followed by a social at the Half Moon pub, 213-233 Mile End Road, London E1) 

*NB There is a small chance that the room in which the event is held may be altered. Check metamute.org for up to date information closer to the date. 

Supported by Mute Magazine (mute AT metamute.org) and the Queen Mary & Westfield School of Business and Management

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Marxism

Marxism

HISTORICAL MATERIALISM 17:1 & 17:2

 

 

http://www.brill.nl/hima

Historical Materialism: Research in Critical Marxist Theory
Volume 17 Issue 2
2009

CONTENTS

Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Memorial Prize Lecture
Rick Kuhn
Economic Crisis, Henryk Grossman and the Responsibility of Socialists

Articles

David McNally
From Financial Crisis to World Slump: Accumulation, Financialisation, and the Global Slowdown

Steve Edwards
Apocalyptic Sublime: On the Third Brighton Photo Biennal

Symposium on the Global Financial Crisis
Samantha Ashman
Editorial Introduction

Costas Lapavitsas
Financialised Capitalism: Crisis and Financial Expropriation

Gary A. Dymski
Racial Exclusion and the Political Economy of the Subprime Crisis

Paulo L. Dos Santos
On The Content of Banking in Contemporary Capitalism

Reflections on ‘Gewalt’ (contd.)
Luca Basso
The Ambivalence of Gewalt in Marx and Engels: On the
Interpretation of Balibar

Review Articles

Ian Hudson & Mark Hudson
on Gavin Fridell’s Fair Trade Coffee: The Prospects and Pitfalls of Market Driven Social Justice, Daniel Jaffee’s Brewing Justice: Fair Trade Coffee, Sustainability, and Survival, and Laura Raynolds’, Douglas Murray’s & John Wilkinson’s Fair Trade: The Challenges of Transforming Globalization

Richard Westra
on Pierre Bourdieu’s Firing Back: Against the Tyranny of the Market 2, Global Turbulence: Social Activists’ and State Responses to Globalization, edited by Marjorie Griffin Cohen and Stephen McBride, John Rapley’s Globalization and Inequality: Neoliberalism’s Downward Spiral and Anti-Capitalism: A Marxist Introduction, edited by Alfredo Saad-Filho

Michele Filippini
on Alberto Burgio’s Gramsci storico

Richard Seymour
on Markku Ruotsila’s John Spargo and American Socialism

Robert Knox
On Alain Supiot’s Homo Juridicus

Historical-Critical Dictionary of Marxism
Stefan Bollinger & Juha Koivisto
Hegemonic Apparatus

 

Historical Materialism: Research in Critical Marxist Theory
Volume 17 Issue 1
2009

CONTENTS

Articles

Marcus E. Green and Peter Ives
Subalternity and Language: Overcoming the Fragmentation of Common Sense

Henry Heller
The Longue Durée of the French Bourgeoisie

Michael Löwy
Capitalism as Religion: Walter Benjamin and Max Weber

Daniel Cho
Adorno on Education, or, Can Critical Self-Reflection Prevent the Next Auschwitz?

Reflections on ‘Gewalt’
Étienne Balibar
Violence

Massimilano Tomba
Another Type of Gewalt: Beyond Law. Re-Reading Benjamin

Interventions
Guglielmo Carchedi
The Fallacies of ‘New Dialectics’ and Value-Form Theory

Christopher J. Arthur
Contradiction and Abstraction: A Reply to Finelli

Review Articles

Benjamin Noys
on Ian Parker’s Revolution in Psychology: Alienation to Emancipation, and Yannis Stavrakakis’s The Lacanian Left: Psychoanalysis, Theory, and Politics

Marcel Bois
on Christian Gotthardt’s Die radikale Linke als Massenbewegung. Kommunisten in Harburg-Wilhelmsburg 1918–1933

Tyson E. Lewis
on Peter McLaren’s Capitalists and Conquerors, and McLaren and Ramin Farahmandpur’s Teaching Against Global Capitalism and the New Imperialism

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Stephen Gill on the Current Global Crisis

Stephen Gill website: http://www.stephengill.com/

Readers of this blog may be interested in some of Stephen Gill’s papers and posts which are connected to interpretations of the current global crisis.  Also included are biographical materials and a selected list of publications.
Dr. Stephen Gill, F.R.S.C.
Distinguished Research Professor
Department of Political Science
Ross S660, York University, 4700 Keele St, Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3, CANADA
Tel (direct): 416-736-2100 ext 88824; Tel: office reception 416-736-5265; Fax: 416-736-5686

 

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The Rouge Forum – Update 5th May 2009

A message from Rich Gobson

Dear Friends

Less than two weeks until the Rouge Forum Conference  ( http://www.rougeforum.org ), May 15-17, in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Join us! Come meet others whose interest in education goes to society as well. The core issue of our time is rising color-coded inequality met by the possibility of mass, class-conscious, resistance. No education organization in North America has the limited good sense and courage to say that.

The National Education Association will meet in San Diego in July, making sure no NEA member grasps this is not a tea-party but class war. Here we see how NEA pours $2million more into a campaign for a regressive California tax: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/04/29/BAK317ATCO.DTL

United Teachers of LA plan a one day walkout on May 15, but they don’t want to interrupt testing. Huh?

Primer on Chrysler Bankruptcy: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/01/business/01primer.html?_r=1&hp

Well, at least this is 1/2 good news. “Union leaders said they chose May 15 “to have the least conflict with month long testing,” including the state’s STAR tests, which are the most prominent yardsticks for a school’s academic standing. But there are Advanced Placement tests, which are important for college applicants, scheduled for that day. ”

In a week, Chrysler went under, the Sunnis rose again, the Taliban swept 60 miles from the capital–some week!

The UAW’s retiree VEBA benefits to disappear? http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=103703634&ft=1&f=1001

Who can argue that the government, the capitalist democracy in which the latter always loses, is anything more than executive committee and armed weapon of the rich? How the Banksters “own the place,” in Congress: http://www.ourfuture.org/blog-entry/2009051801/banksters-win-one-lose-one-congress

We note with sadness the death of William Pomeroy whose writings on the Huks in the Philippines was terrific:
http://www.pww.org/article/articleview/14337/ See his book, The Forrest, among others.

Marx on School: “The only worker who is productive is one who produces surplus value for the capitalist, or in other words contributes to the self-valorization of capital. If we may take an example from outside the sphere of material production, a schoolmaster is a productive worker when, in addition to belaboring the heads of his pupils, he works himself into the ground to enrich the owner of the school. That the latter has laid out his capital in a teaching factory, instead of a sausage factory, makes no difference to the relation. The concept of a productive worker therefore implies, not merely a relation between the activity of work and its useful effect, between the worker and the product of the work, but also a specific social relation of production, a relation with a means of valorization. To be a productive worker is therefore not a piece of luck, but a misfortune.” Marx 1977, Capital, Vol 1, translator, B. Fowkes, New York, Vintage
p 644

Thanks to Wayne, Joe B, Adam and Gina, Phillip, Tammy, Donna, Sue H, Sherry, Connie and Doug, Eric C and S, Ginger H, Don A, Virginia P, Carol, Susan and Susan, Paul and Mary, Sandy and Van.

Good luck to us, every one!
Rich Gibson

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Jump you F*****!

 

This is an ode to that true and infamous merchant banker, Sir Freddie Goodwin.

 

It is composed and performed by the excellent Dave Rogers.

 

You can hear Jump you F*****! on YouTube, at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCKvu1jOPnY&feature=channel_page

 

For background on Fred Goodwin and the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), see:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Goodwin

 

 

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The Rouge Forum – Update 9th April 2009

 

A Message from Rich Gibson

 

Dear Friends:


For those teaching or learning about the current depression, here are some more good sources:

* Lewis Corey’s outstanding 1934 book, Decline of American Capitalism, is online free at:
http://www.marxists.org/archive/corey/1934/decline/index.html
   

* How Goldman Sachs was at the Center of the Oil Trading Fiasco that Bankrupted SemGroup: http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2009/0413/096-sachs-semgroup-goldman-goose-oil.html
        

* The auto crisis, likely leading to the bankruptcy of GM (and the end of retiree health benefits, etc.) but this is also an indicator of the power of finance capital over industrial capital and the shift to the corporate state as US society decays: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/31/business/31assess.html?_r=1&hp
        

* Stiglitz on State Capitalism as Robbing Workers: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/01/opinion/01stiglitz.html?_r=1&th=&emc=th&pagewanted=print
        

* Updated interview with John Bellamy Foster: http://democracyandclassstruggle.blogspot.com/2009/03/interview-with-john-bellamy-foster-of.html
        

* Bello’s Primer on the Meltdown: http://www.monthlyreview.org/mrzine/bello031008.html
        

* The Economist on the Huge Fraud Beneath the Fiscal Crisis: Missing the Deeper Fraud; Exploited Labor:
http://rawstory.com//printstory.php?story=15090
        

*Five Million Jobs Lost So Far This Depression: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/04/business/economy/04jobs.html

Current Developments:

 

* Centinela CalfiorniaTeachers Wildcat Strike:  http://www.dailybreeze.com/latestnews/ci_12034343    

* Al Sharpton and the Ruling Class: http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/archives/2009/04/pols_press_part.php
        

* Labor Bosses Forge Unity Committee:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/07/AR2009040703222.html The plum here is the dues from 3.5 million education workers, members of the National Education Association who will quickly learn that they are funding yet another layer of enemies.

Criticism of “Progressive” Warmongers:

 

The term “progressive” may have no meaning anymore. If it is Move.on, that means slavish support for the demagogue, Obama. If it is United For Peace and Justice, it means the same thing in shifty terms.  

UFPJ’s recent Wall Street demos,

deliberately set up to counter demands from rank and filers to demonstrate on the anniversary of the war, failed completely. This is nothing to gloat about even though we said, years ago, that following UFPJ would do just this. Still, it is tragic.       

 

Less than 10,000 people demonstrated, down from the one million who hit the streets six years ago. But numbers are not everything. UFPJ trumped that by teaching people nothing at all important about why things are as they are, what to do in order to develop grand strategy (peace, justice, equality, freedom, etc.) or strategy (how to understand specific local circumstances and to seek out choke points where people can use powerful direct action moves) and tactics (particular actions that link these three elements).  

Why would that be? Because UFPJ is run by remnants of the Communist Party USA, people who have never sought to build a mass class conscious movement and who have always fought those who try. The current Rouge Forum News has a very fine article by Tom Suber about the wreckage that UFPJ leadership is creating. http://blogs.ubc.ca/ross/2009/04/rouge-forum-news-issue-13/

Let us be clear. The core issue of our time is accelerating color coded inequality met by the potential of organized mass class conscious resistance. Neither the CP nor UFPJ want any part of that.  

Here is a sampling of UFPJ’s failures:
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-04/04/content_11129335.htm
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jPati7jbLo532dVb5D55XbX9T3bgD97B8IUG0
http://uk.reuters.com/article/marketsNewsUS/idUKN0335443120090403

The task at hand is ours. The $10.9 trillion dollars the corporate state just printed for the banks and insurance companies is going to come from the lives and labor of someone. Either it will come from the ruin of hundreds of thousand of poor and working people, or, if we fight back, it can come from the rich. Let them suffer and pay, as they should. The degree of the pain will be determined by the levels of our real resistance in schools, in communities, at work places, and in the military. When they say Cut Back; We should say Fight Back.

This is a critique from Antiwar.com: Progressive Warmongers:

We note with sadness the death of a friend, Janet Jagan:

http://www.rougeforumconference.org/

Rich Gibson

 

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Why the Crisis isn’t the fault of ‘Greedy Bankers’

 

A Principia Dialectica Meeting

 

Friday 17 April at 7.30pm

The Lucas Arms

Grays Inn Road

London

 

Nearest tube: King’s Cross

 

Is the credit crunch and crisis really the result of greed, stupidity and incompetence, as more or less everyone, from the Right and the Left are telling us, or are there deeper reasons for the mess? The theory of value, which Marx laid out in Capital, does provide us with a way to understand the world we live in, but we need to recognise that capital is a powerful machine or organism, and a highly dysfunctional one at that, following its own mad laws of development, and for whom humanity is no more than an appendage. Nobody actually “runs” the system, certainly not the G20 leaders, or the so-called ‘Masters of the Universe’ on Wall Street. It’s the system that runs them! Come and take part in a discussion on the value-based analysis of capital today and what it means for the future of humanity.

 

More details: http://www.principiadialectica.co.uk

 

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Unmasking the State: A Rough Guide to Real Democracy

 

Just published!

Unmasking the State –
a rough guide to real democracy

By Paul Feldman

This new book analyses the historical origins of the contemporary British capitalist state and the long struggle for democracy and political rights, from the Levellers to the Chartists and beyond. Unmasking the State describes the changes under globalisation and how representative democracy has been undermined. The book makes a series of proposals for a new, transitional state to extend democracy into workplaces and society as a whole.

Bill Bowring, Professor of Law, Birkbeck College, University of London:


‘The aim is to show “how seemingly disparate struggles for rights can find their lasting solution in the struggle for democratic power itself”, and the book sets out ideas as to what a democratic state might look like. This well-informed and sophisticated book can be recommended to students and activists alike.’
 
 

 

 

 

A World To Win
 

 

Charter for Democracy

A new six-point Charter was launched at the Stand Up for Your Rights festival on October 18. Its aim is to build support for the transfer of political and economic power to the people.  Please support the Charter.

 

 

http://www.aworldtowin.net/about/UnmaskingState.html

 

Reviews

The faces of the dead go on living
Robin Richmond reviews Renaissance Faces: Van Eyck to Titian at the National Gallery.

Disposable People
A touring photographic exhibition at the Festival Hall is a vivid reminder that slavery exists in increasing numbers.

The ‘grand old man’s’ revolutionary legacy
John Green’s Engels: A Revolutionary Life is both well written and a joy to read and will appeal to a wide readership.

 

Our latest blogs
Still ‘business as usual’ when it comes to climate change
Nicholas Stern – who wrote the 2006 report on the economics of climate change for New Labour – argues that recession “is the time to build a low-carbon future with the investment vital for economy and planet”.

The spectre of Marx looms large
As Bank of England governor Mervyn King warns that UK is entering recession and the pound plunges, websites and newspapers around the world are noting that the ideas of Karl Marx have a new relevance.

No easy fixes
To those who have been preaching state intervention as the solution to the credit crunch and the recession it must seem as though their time has come.

Charter for Democracy
How to defend our rights but also secure them in a lasting way was the overall theme running through our Stand Up for Your Rights festival at the weekend. Dramas portraying the struggles of the Levellers of the 17th century and the Chartist movement of the mid-19th century attested to the fact that this is not a new question.

Time to cut the losses
In the last week, stock markets the world over have been showing the classic signs of bipolar disorder, but in the most concentrated form. Euphoric, manic, hysterical highs followed by the deepest depression.

Too much ‘civilisation’
Nothing sums up the insanity of the capitalist system more than unemployment. Just think about it. People want to work; the means of production like offices, shops, factories, plant and equipment all exist; yet all of a sudden, workers are thrown on the dole.

The state we are in
That capitalism today requires incredible, almost unimaginable levels of financial support and assistance from the state just to keep the system on life support in intensive care, is beyond dispute.

Read and comment on AWTW editors’ daily blog.
 
This can be reached from the home page or on the blog site at: http://aw2w.blogspot.com

 

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