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CAPITALIZING POWER

CAPITALIZING POWER: THE QUALITIES AND QUANTITIES OF ACCUMULATION (September 28-30, 2012)

Conference: September 28, Senate Chamber (N940), Ross North Building, Keele Campus, York University

Workshop: September 29-30, 172 York Hall, Glendon Campus, York University

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This is the third in a conference series organized by the Forum on Capital as Power. The present meetings explore the capitalization of power. There are 24 presentations, including keynote addresses and guest presentations by Jeffrey Harrod, Herman Schwartz, Justin Podur, J.J. McMurtry and Jonathan Nitzan. The conference is sponsored by a SSHRC Connection Grant and York University.

Attendance is free and all are welcome.

PROGRAMME & INFORMATION: http://bnarchives.yorku.ca/341/

First published at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/conference-on-capitalizing-power-york-28-30-sept-2012  

 

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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)

 

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  

 

‘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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Glenn Rikowski’s paper, Critical Pedagogy and the Constitution of Capitalist Society has been published at Heathwood Press as a Monthly Guest Article for September 2012, online at:

http://www.heathwoodpress.com/monthly-guest-article-august-critical-pedagogy-and-the-constitution-of-capitalist-society-by-glenn-rikowski/

 

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John Locke

CRITICAL ENTHUSIASM: CAPITAL ACCUMULATION AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF RELIGIOUS PASSION

 Jordana Rosenberg
Critical Enthusiasm: Capital Accumulation and the Transformation of Religious Passion
Oxford University Press, April 2011

The Atlantic world of the long eighteenth century was characterized by two major, interrelated phenomena: the onset of capital accumulation and the infusion of traditions of radical religious rapture into Enlightenment discourses. In exploring these cross-pollinations, Critical Enthusiasm shows that debates around religious radicalism are bound to the advent of capitalism at its very root: as legal precedent, as financial rhetoric, and as aesthetic form. To understand the period thus requires that we not only contextualize histories of religion in terms of the economic landscape of early modernity, but also recast the question of secularization in terms of the contradictions of capitalism.

Critical Enthusiasm contributes to new directions of scholarship in literary and legal history, secularization studies, and economic criticism. It is unique in producing a model for literary and cultural study that is simultaneously attuned to economic and religious forces. By approaching the history of capitalism through religious debates, Critical Enthusiasm discloses significant intersections of aesthetic form and of financial flows that have been hitherto ignored.

Through chapters that highlight moral philosophy, religious prophesy, early modern statute law, poetry, and political theory, Rosenbergshows that the contested nature of enthusiastic rapture is crucial to understanding the major institutional transformations of early modernity. These transformations–colonial plunder, the rise of finance, the administration of racialized labor, and the legal reform that justified such practices–shaped the period; they also laid the foundation for our contemporary world.

See: http://www.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/ReligionTheology/HistoryofChristianity/ReformationCounterReformation/?view=usa&ci=9780199764266

Jordana Rosenberg is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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Raya Dunayevskaya

NEW ARTICLES AND FEATURES FROM U.S. MARXIST-HUMANISTS

U.S. Marxist-Humanists: http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/

APRIL 2011

1. ARAB REVOLUTIONS AT THE CROSSROADS – BY KEVIN ANDERSON

The revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt, and the uprising in Libya have exhibited a post-Islamist and post-nationalist character.  After challenging both the political and the economic order, they face dangers from old forces like the military and the Islamists (Egypt) or of violent repression (Libya) – Editors

2. HUGE MOBILIZATION IN LONDON AGAINST CUTBACKS SHOWS BOTH PROMISE AND CONTRADICTIONS – BY DAVID BLACK

The March 26 London demonstration organized by the Trades Union Congress to protest against the Tory-Liberal coalition’s public sector cuts was the largest labor outpouring in over two decades. Various tendencies participating, from reformist to anarchist, are discussed — Editors

3. ACCUMULATION, IMPERIALISM, AND PRE-CAPITALIST FORMATIONS: LUXEMBURG AND MARX ON THE NON-WESTERN WORLD – BY PETER HUDIS

Both Marx and Luxemburg were intensely interested in the impact of the expansive logic of capital accumulation upon non-capitalist or developing societies. At the same time, there are also serious differences in their approach, in that Marx adopted a far less unilinear and deterministic approach to the fate of non-Western social formations as compared to Luxemburg — Editors

4. VIETNAM: DISSENT, REPRESSION AND THE EMERGENCE OF AN INDEPENDENT WORKERS’ MOVEMENT – BY RICHARD ABERNETHY

A look at Vietnam today: the land question, the status of women, attempts to build independent unions, state repression, political dissent, and possibilities of revolution — Editors

5. EGYPT: THE TIMES ARE CHANGING – BY PAULO MOREL

The Egyptian upheaval, along with a smaller one inMexico, signals the dawn of a new era of revolution, after decades of neoliberal hegemony – Editors.

6. ON EGYPT: A BIT TOO LATE, BOSS! – BY KAVEH BOVEIRI

Written in diary form as the Mubarak regime was teetering, this article by a participant in the demonstrations in Toronto in support of the Egyptian revolution reflects on the nature of revolution, today and in the past — Editors

7. THE LETTERS OF ROSA LUXEMBURG, EDITED BY ANNELIES LASCHITZA, GEORG ADLER AND PETER HUDIS, TRANSLATED BY GEORGE SHRIVER (VERSO 2011)

Links to reviews by Sheila Rowbotham and others in the [Manchester] Guardian, [Toronto] Globe and Mail, New Statesman, and elsewhere.

8. MARX AT THE MARGINS: ON NATIONALISM, ETHNICITY, AND NON-WESTERN SOCIETIES, BY KEVIN ANDERSON

Links to reviews by Michael Lowy and others in New Politics, Marx & Philosophy Review of Books, and elsewhere.

THE SITE ALSO INCLUDES OTHER ARTICLES FROM THE PAST DECADE BYU. S.MARXIST-HUMANISTS

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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)

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Andrew Kiliman

ANDREW KLIMAN ON CAUSES AND IMPLICATIONS OF THE CAPITALIST CRISIS

July 8th London Forum

Andrew Kliman speaks on the Capitalist Crisis

Andrew Kliman, author of ‘Reclaiming Marx’s Capital’, will be giving a talk in London on Wednesday 8th on ’causes and implications of the capitalist crisis’. The meeting takes place from 8pm at the Lucas Arms, Grays Inn Road, near King’s Cross.

See: http://thecommune.wordpress.com/2009/07/04/july-8th-london-forum-kliman-speaks-on-the-capitalist-crisis/

Kliman, a member of the USA’s Marxist-Humanist Initiative, has argued that we have to see the current crisis as part of a wider structural crisis of capital, and moreover has argued that statist and Keynesian solutions to the crisis are a dead end for the working class. See our October interview with him here.

The meeting is being jointly hosted by The Commune and The Hobgoblin group.

Plenty of time for discussion

All welcome

Email uncaptiveminds@gmail.com for more information

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Social Justice

THE BUSINESS OF SOCIAL JUSTICE UNDER NEOLIBERALISM

This is the title of a new article by Ravi Kumar at Radical Notes: http://radicalnotes.com/journal/2010/05/07/the-business-of-social-justice-under-neoliberalism/
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Ravi Kumar, Ph.D. || Assistant Professor || Department of Sociology || Jamia Millia Islamia University || Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar Marg, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi – 110025
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Radical Notes: http://www.radicalnotes.com
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Blog: http://againstcapital.wordpress.com and http://againstcapital.blog.com

Recent Book: Global Neoliberalism and Education and its Consequences
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LA LUCHA CONTINUA!

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Capitalist Crisis

SYSTEMS OF ACCUMULATION

Call for Paper and Panel Proposals

For “Beyond the Crisis”, First International Conference in Political Economy organised by the International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy in conjunction with the Greek Political Economy Association

Rethymnon, Crete,  10-12 September 2010

A key challenge for scholars working  within critical and  Marxist traditions of political economy is making  the transition from an understanding of abstract categories such as class and value to an understanding  of  the more  concrete historical forms of class relations and capital accumulation  in  particular time and place.

The idea that particular Systems of Accumulation evolve over time has been developed in order to understand specific forms of capital accumulation, the role played by the state and finance, and how this impacts more widely on economy and society.

There are a number of ways in which a system of accumulation may be conceived. These include the Regulation School and its concept of a Regime of Acumulation (Boyer, 1990), commonly used with reference to understanding neoliberalism; the Social Structures of Accumulation approach (Kotz, McDonough and Reich 1994); as well as the study of South African Political Economy as a specific system of accumulation developed by Fine and Rustomjee (1996).

The idea remains underesearched, however, despite is potential relevance and application to a number of debates across the social sciences. These include understanding the relationship between the national and the global within capitalism which forms an important part of debates about globalisation; discussions of so-called ‘varieties of capitalism’; or debate about market and bank based systems of finance.

The aim of this call for papers and panel proposals is to link together researchers in the field to further this research agenda both theoretically and in its application to specific cases of historical and contemporary relevance. This is a large area of research, and as such we welcome papers of an exploratory nature as well as those which are more developed.  In particular we would welcome papers and proposals around the following themes:

* Consideration of different theoretical approaches to Systems of Accumulation;

* Addressing  theoretical gaps in the literature on Systems of Accumulation, particularly in relation to Systems of Accumulation and Value Theory;

* The application of a Systems of Accumulation approach to specific case studies, both historical and contemporary

Please send abstracts and panel proposals to susan.newman@wits.ac.za and samantha.ashman@wits.ac.za by the 31st March 2010.

For more information about the International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy (IIPPE) go to http://www.iippe.org

Sam Ashman
Senior Researcher
Corporate Strategy and Industrial Development (CSID)
School of Economics and Business Sciences
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
Private Bag 3, Wits 2050
South Africa
E: Samantha.Ashman@wits.ac.za
T: +27 – 11 – 717 – 8026; F: +27 – 11 – 717 – 8136; C: +27 – 72 – 558 – 0139

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Work No More

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 7th MARCH 2010


EVENTS

BILL FLETCHER JR. – “OPERATING IN THE OBAMA MOMENT: CHALLENGES FOR PROGRESSIVES”

Public Forum: 2010 Phyllis Clarke memorial Lecture

7:00 PM
Wednesday March 10, 2010
Cara Commons/Lounge 7th floor, 1-148
Ryerson University, 55 Dundas Street West, Toronto.

Bill Fletcher Jr. is a longtime labour and international activist and the former President and chief executive officer of TransAfrica Forum. He is the executive editor of The Black Commentator and founder of the Center for Labor Renewal. His latest book is Solidarity Divided.

Co-sponsored and supported by Ryerson’s CUPE Locals 233, 1281 and 3904 and the Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University.

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ACCUMULATION CRISIS AS ECOLOGICAL CRISIS: THE END OF CHEAP FOOD, CHEAP ENERGY, AND CHEAP LABOUR

CIS Development Seminar Series
Speaker: Jason W. Moore (Department of Human Geography, Lund University)

Friday, March 19, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
108N – North House, Munk Centre for International Studies, U of T
1 Devonshire Place

Register online at: http://webapp.mcis.utoronto.ca/EventDetails.aspx?eventid=8206

Sponsored by Centre for International Studies

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TRIBUNAL SAYS SPECIAL DIET PROGRAM DISCRIMINATES

Government considering scrapping the program in response

Discrimination. That’s the ruling of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario on the way the province’s Special Diet Allowance Program provides benefits to three people who made human rights complaints.

On February 17, the Tribunal issued its decision that the way the program is administered in these three cases violates the Human Rights Code. These three cases are lead cases in a Tribunal proceeding that involves human rights complaints from nearly 200 other people and Social Benefit Tribunal complaints from another 800 people, so the implications are large.

The Tribunal has ordered the government to increase the benefit amounts for these three people – and any other Special Diet recipients with the same medical conditions. And it set out the legal test that will help determine the outcome of the nearly 200 human rights complaints.

But the government seems to be thinking about scrapping the program altogether.

The Special Diet Allowance program is too important to lose. Take Action Now!

To read more: http://www.incomesecurity.org/specialdietdecision.htm

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CANADIAN COMMITTEE ON LABOUR HISTORY ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The Canadian Committee on Labour History will once again be holding their annual general meeting during Congress and your attendance will be much appreciated.

Please mark your calendars for the following:

Date:  Monday, May 31
Time: 12:30 – 2:00
Location:  LB-1042.03, 10th floor of the Library Building, Concordia University, Montreal

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NEWS & VIEWS

MURRAY DOBBINS’ BLOG: HARPER’S STRATEGIC ELECTION BUDGET

As one would expect from Stephen Harper, he has come down with a very strategic budget and a fairly smart one at that. As with his other strategic considerations this one is aimed at achieving the goal he is obsessed with: getting a majority in the next election.

To read more: http://murraydobbin.ca/2010/03/04/harpers-strategic-election-budget/

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THE CASE FOR KEEPING OUR HYDRO UTILITIES PUBLIC

By Paul Kahnert, Bullet No. 319, March 2 2010

Most people don’t pay much attention to electricity, except when the lights are out or when they get their bill. But, they soon will. The most valuable asset in virtually every Ontario municipality is its hydro utility. For 90 plus years, local municipal hydro utilities ran at cost and returned ‘profits’ to residents in the form of lower and stable rates. They were well run and virtually debt free.

Debts created by cost overruns at Ontario Hydro’s nuclear power stations were no worse than privately-owned nuclear power stations everywhere else. Yet the debt level of Ontario Hydro opened the door for the Harris Conservatives to ram through a plan to deregulate and privatize Ontario’s power system.

To read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/319.php

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2010 FEDERAL BUDGET A “MAJOR DISAPPOINTMENT” FOR POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION AND RESEARCH

OTTAWA, March 4 /CNW Telbec/ – The organization representing Canada’s university and college educators says today’s federal budget is a major disappointment for post-secondary education, leaving Canada’s researchers behind, providing no new support for universities and colleges to deal with increasing enrolments, and no relief for students grappling with high debt loads and tuition fees.

“The government was supposed to have taken time off to ‘recalibrate,’ but there’s been no change in direction when it comes to post-secondary education and funding for research,” said James Turk, executive director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT).

To read more: http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/March2010/04/c7181.html

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JAMES LAXER’S BLOG: GEORGE SMITHERMAN, THE PRIVATIZER: NO THANKS

You learn a lot about a candidate for public office when he or she first stakes out a position on a key issue.

In this case, the candidate is George Smitherman, who recently left the Ontario Liberal cabinet, to run for mayor of Toronto. In an in-depth interview with the Toronto Star, Smitherman mused that he would consider privatizing garbage pick-up in Toronto and the privatization of some of the city’s public transit lines.

To read more: http://www.jameslaxer.com/blog.html

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ALTERNATIVE BUDGET 2010

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) released the 2010 Alternative Federal Budget yesterday along with a six point jobs plan to confront the jobs crisis and tackle the fiscal deficit with less pain and more gain.

The alternative budget and jobs plan would bring unemployment back to pre-recession levels by the end of 2011 and demonstrate there is a better way to get out of deficit through smart investments and smart taxation.

To read more: http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/alternative-federal-budget-2010
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RAISE MY TAXES, PLEASE! EVALUATING HOUSEHOLD SAVINGS FROM HIGH QUALITY PUBLIC TRANSIT

High quality public transit consists of service sufficiently convenient and comfortable to attract travel that would otherwise be by automobile. This paper uses data from U.S. cities to investigate the incremental costs and benefits of high quality transit service.

The analysis indicates that high quality public transit typically requires about $268 annually per capita in additional tax subsidy and $104 in additional fares, but provides vehicle, parking and road cost savings averaging $1,040 per capita, plus other benefits including congestion reductions, increased traffic safety, pollution reductions, improved mobility for non-drivers, improved fitness and health.

This indicates that residents should rationally support tax increases if needed to create high quality public transit systems in their communities. Current planning practices tend to overlook or undervalue many of these savings and benefits and so result in underinvestment in transit quality improvements.

To read more: http://www.vtpi.org/raisetaxes.pdf

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JOURNAL ARTICLES

* Research on social determinants and health: what sorts of data do we need?
Siegfried Geyer
Journal of Public Health, Volume 55 Number 1
http://www.springerlink.com/content/p81v501h560702n7/

* Get the lead out: Environmental politics in 1970s St. Louis
Robert Gioielli
Journal of Urban History published 5 March 2010, 10.1177/0096144210363070
http://juh.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0096144210363070v1

* Book review: Jarvis, P. (2006). The lifelong learning and the learning society trilogy, Volumes 1-3.
Shibao Guo
Adult Education Quarterly 2010;60 207-211
http://aeq.sagepub.com/cgi/reprint/60/2/207

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MARXISM AND THE INTERPRETATION OF CULTURE

PROGRAMME FOR SUMMER TERM 2009

Friday 01 May
Edward Carpenter and the Socialist and Anarchist Movements of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries
Sheila Rowbotham (University of Manchester)

Friday 15 May
The Cinema of John Sayles: From Billy Zane to Brecht and Bahktin, and back again
Mark Bould (University of the West of England)
This seminar is in L103 in the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 17 
Russell Square

Friday 29 May
Bourgeois Behaviours: Accumulation & Waste in 19th Century Newspaper Consumption
Tom Gretton (University College London)
This seminar will take place in NG15 in the North Block, Senate House

Friday 12 June
Jorg Immendorf’s Cafe Deutschland
Norbert Schneider (University of Karlsruhe)

All seminars start at 5.30pm, and are held in the Wolfson Room (unless otherwise indicated) at the Institute of Historical Research in Senate House, Malet St, London. The seminar closes at 7.30pm and retires to the bar.

Organisers: Matthew Beaumont, Warren Carter, Steve Edwards, Andrew Hemingway, Esther Leslie, & Frances Stracey

For further information, contact Andrew Hemingway, at: a.hemingway@ucl.ac.uk or Esther Leslie at: e.leslie@bbk.ac.uk

 

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