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Socialism and Hope

Socialism and Hope

SPEECHES FROM THE LEFT FORUM 2012

Occupy the System: Confronting Global Capitalism

Pace University, March 16-18 2012

This is a fantastic collection of speeches from this year’s Left Forum. It constitutes a tremendous resource for socialists and progressive thinkers world-wide. Congratulations and thanks to Free Speech TV, MMN (who filmed the event) and Deepdish TV for the production of these videos — Glenn Rikowski

William Tabb – Opening Plenary, with an Introduction by Stanley Aronovitz: http://www.leftforum.org/content/william-tabb-left-forum-opening-plenary

Nnimmo Bassey, Friends of the Earth – Opening Plenary, with Stanley Aronowitz as Moderator: http://www.leftforum.org/content/nnimmo-bassey-left-forum-opening-plenary

RoseAnn DeMoro – Opening Plenary, with Stanley Aronowitz as Moderator: http://www.leftforum.org/content/roseann-demoro-left-forum-opening-plenary-0 

Marina Sitrin, the Occupy Movement, student, teacher and militant – Opening Plenary, with Stanley Aronowitz: http://www.leftforum.org/content/marina-sitrin-left-forum-opening-plenary

William Strickland – Opening Plenary, Moderated by Stanley Aronowitz: http://www.leftforum.org/content/william-strickland-left-forum-opening-plenary

Michael Moore, film-maker – Interview, Moderated by Richard D. Wolf: http://www.leftforum.org/content/michael-moore-left-forum-2012

Elaine Bernard – Closing Plenary, Moderated by Frances Fox Piven: http://www.leftforum.org/content/elaine-bernard-left-forum-closing-plenary-0

Arun Gupta – Occupy Wall Street journalist, Closing Plenary, Moderated by Frances Fox Piven: http://www.leftforum.org/content/arun-gupta-left-forum-closing-plenary

Christopher Hedges – Closing Plenary, Moderated by Frances Fox Piven: http://www.leftforum.org/content/christopher-hedges-left-forum-closing-plenary

John Holloway – Author of Crack Capitalism, Open Marxist, Closing Plenary, Moderated by Frances Fox Piven: http://www.leftforum.org/content/john-holloway-left-forum-closing-plenary

Esteban Nembhard – Hip-Hop, Politics and Protest (mp4 download): http://www.leftforum.org/content/esteban-nembhard-hip-hop-politics-and-protest

Nyaka Niilampti – Hip-Hop, Politics and Protest (mp4 download): http://www.leftforum.org/content/nyaka-niilampti-hip-hop-politics-and-protest

M1 – Hip-Hop, Politics and Protest (mp4 download): http://www.leftforum.org/content/m1-hip-hop-politics-and-protest

Steven A. Smith – Hip-Hop, Politics and Protest (mp4 download): http://www.leftforum.org/content/steven-smith-hip-hop-politics-and-protest

UMI – Hip-Hop, Politics and Protest (mp4 download): http://www.leftforum.org/content/umi-hip-hop-politics-and-protest

WILL VILL – Hip-Hop, Politics and Protest (mp4 download): http://www.leftforum.org/content/will-vill-hip-hop-politics-and-protest

Wally Shawn – Lunchtime Event, ‘Why I Call Myself a Socialist’, Moderated by Dao X. Tran: http://www.leftforum.org/content/sunday-lunchtime-event-wally-shawn

At the Forum – Michael Moore, Closing Segment: http://www.leftforum.org/content/michael-moore-closing-segment

On the Street – the march: http://www.leftforum.org/content/left-forum-2012-march-liberty-square-0

At Liberty Squarehttp://www.leftforum.org/content/liberty-square-0

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Karl Marx

MARXISM AND PHILOSOPHY SOCIETY REVIEW OF BOOKS – UPDATE 20th APRIL 2011

New reviews just published online in the Marx and Philosophy Review of Books

·        Sutton on Jameson

·        Landa on Marx and progress

·        Calderbank on Vighi on Žižek

·        Short on Zartaloudis on Agamben

·        Garland on Crack Capitalism

New comments and discussion

And a new list of books for review all at: www.marxandphilosophy.org.uk/reviewofbooks/

For notices of new reviews, comments, etc. join the Marx and Philosophy Society email list: (http://lists.topica.com/lists/mpslist)

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Editor, Marx and Philosophy Review of Books

School of European Culture and Languages
University of Kent, Canterbury CT2 7NF, UK
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Critical Pedagogy

EDUCATIONAL SPACES OF ALTERITY

CALL FOR PAPERS

Educational Spaces of Alterity
University of Nottingham, Tuesday 26th April 2010

Nottingham Critical Pedagogy invites contributions for a day of workshops considering spaces (both inside and outside the academy) that may help challenge the dominance of neoliberal logics, alienated practices and Eurocentric hegemony in contemporary educational practice, and in so doing contribute to radical social change. We are pleased to announce that John Holloway will be hosting a keynote workshop at the event.

We hope to welcome contributions from a variety of disciplines and from inside and outside the academy. These can be in any format, but we especially encourage those that break from traditional conference paper models: workshops, artistic engagements, poster presentations and performances would all be welcomed. We welcome suggestions for entire workshop sessions (90 minutes), or single contributions, which we will group into workshops.

Our event partners Spaces of Alterity: a conference hosted by the University of Nottingham’s Department of Culture, Film and Media on Wed 27th-Thurs 28th April, with keynote addresses by China Miéville and Alberto Toscano. Both events are designed to work on their own, but participants are more than welcome to attend both should they wish, and we will be co-curating an Annexinema film night with Spaces of Alterity (details tbc) to show short films which touch upon the themes of the two events.

A non-exhaustive list of themes you may wish to consider is offered over the page. Please do not feel these are mutually exclusive:

Critical Education and ‘The Crisis’

  • How can critical education respond to the crisis in higher education and wider societal crises?
  • Do these crises close down or create spaces of hope for critical education?
  • Defending the university? Transforming the university? Abandoning the university?

 

Education and the Affective

  • Emotional epistemologies and pedagogies.
  • The role of hope in critical education.
  • ‘Radical love’.

 

Community Education

  • Skillshare workshops.
  • Social movements/community politics.
  • Challenging the borders between HE and community.
  • The role of non-traditional educational spaces (art galleries, social centres, etc).

 

Border Thinking and Hybridity

  • The importance of identity and difference for critical education.
  • Challenging hegemonic and Eurocentric perspectives.
  • How can we introduce the subaltern into the classroom?

 

Reflections on Practice

  • Experiences of critical education.
  • What can we learn from past experiences, experiments and struggle?

 

Art, Music and Critical Education

  • The role of art and music in critical education.
  • Resonances between critical education and contemporary theory and practice in art and music.
  • Problems of assessment in critical and artistic education: or is assessment the problem?

 

Please send abstracts and information on the format you wish your presentation to take to nottinghamcriticalpedagogy@gmail.com no later than Tuesday 8th February. These should be no more than 300 words, but may contain links to further reading regarding your chosen method of presentation.

Registration is free for Educational Spaces of Alterity but there are fees for Spaces of Alterity: attendance for one day is £25/£35; for both days it’s £45/55 (cheaper price for students and unwaged).

We have a limited amount of money to help cover the travel and accommodation costs of participants who would not otherwise be able to attend, or to help with fees for those who wish to stay for Spaces of Alterity. Details will be announced once abstracts have been received. Food and drink will be provided for all.

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The Island

GLOBAL ALLIANCE FOR IMMEDIATE ALTERATION

GAIA – Global Alliance for Immediate Alteration
New Transnational Social Network Union to Crack Capitalism and Protect Life, Peace and Justice on Earth

http://openfsm.net/projects/gaia/summary

This space is an experiment for constructing a new type of transnational social network union that aims at bringing individual industrial and non-industrial workers in the Global North, the precariat in the Global South; peasants, domestic, immigrant and jobless workers together with social movement activists from other struggle fields, activist/researchers and many others who has to work in order to reproduce his/her life and to provide an open space where we can connect our networks and struggles to each other.

GAIA project is an open invitation for inventing a world wide, common, grassroots, wiki social movement union that will aim an immediate alteration of capitalist social, cultural, and political order. Hundreds of millions not if billions of workers in the world are out of reach for the established trade union mechanisms and structures, they do not have any protection at all. Peter Waterman calls them ‘Labour’s others’, for some others they are the new working class; the precariat composed of people who hold  no property and even secure job.

What kind of trade union structure will be able to go beyond the ongoing problems, and the crisis of unionism that had been born out of those well known problems, and will become the change maker of our time? Can an open space online social networking ensemble become a model for such future union organisation through the internet?

There are already many good examples of action and organising taking place via the net and incredible results are getting reached, as it happened in 2007 when financial support has been mobilized from the wealthier segments of the Western working classes for the Ford worker’s first ever strike organised in Russia since the beginning of the 20th Century.

For already some times online social networking is gaining ground as an important and dynamic form of communication and collective action tool. Many activists are involved today in one or another social networks on the net, as well as on the real world. Time has come to transform this tool into a new generation social movement union. Therefore we need comprehensive discussion on how can this happen, would it work, how would we build and gain legal ground for such a union, is it possible, or necessary? How would such union look like, be governed and function against the offensive coming from the employer and the state?

‘Social Network Unionism’ working group has recently been created with the aim of promoting such discussion and providing space for comprehensive work in order to experiment with Social Network Union idea by utilizing the opportunity created by UnionBook. With the creation of GAIA space within Open WSF, I would like to invite all who involved one way or other in labour and trade union movements, environmental justice activists, women rights activists, immigrants’ rights activists, water justice activists, information activists, activist students and others from other struggle fields to join and contribute to build GAIA space together as network of networks that can stop capitalism and save the peoples and the mother earth.

Please join GAIA, invent discussion groups on below or any other relevant topics and lead the experiment to save our common future:
Principles of GAIA:
Objectives of GAIA:
Demands of GAIA:
Ethics of the GAIA:
Management and decision making for GAIA:
Fellowship of GAIA:
Applications/tools that are needed for functioning of GAIA as a genuine transnational grassroots union:

Please join and contribute GAIA and spread the word.

In solidarity!

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Crack Capitalism

CRACK CAPITALISM – JOHN HOLLOWAY

Crack Capitalism

With John Holloway

At Bookmarks Bookshop Thursday 11 November, 6.30pm

What are the most effective methods of going beyond capitalism? Holloway argues that the capitalism is already badly cracked. The question is whether cracks are enough to break the whole system?

This book will doubtless spark new debates (and reignite some old ones) about the way forward for movements that want to challenge capitalism.

John Holloway is a Professor at the Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla in Mexico. His publications include Change the World Without Taking Power (Pluto, 2005), Zapatista! Rethinking Revolution in Mexico (co-editor, Pluto, 1998) and Global Capital, National State and The Politics of Money (co-editor, 1994).

Bookmarks events are free to attend, but please contact us in advance to reserve your place.

Bookmarks Bookshop
1 Bloomsbury Street, London, WC1B 3QE
events@bookmarks.uk.com
020 7637 1848
http://www.bookmarksbookshop.co.uk

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John Holloway

CRACK CAPITALISM – BY JOHN HOLLOWAY

A message from John Holloway

With a cry of joyous rage and a little dance I announce that Crack Capitalism (published by Pluto Press, London, distributed by Palgrave in the US) is now in the shops. Rush out immediately to get your copy, give one as a present to all your friends (at least one each), put it on every reading list you can think of, order it for libraries, write reviews for newspapers and journals, spray-paint it as a slogan on the walls of the city, shout it from the rooftops and send this on to all your contacts. And if you want to send me comments, I would be delighted.

John Holloway

Details at: http://www.plutobooks.com/display.asp?K=9780745330082&

About the Book

Crack Capitalism, argues that radical change can only come about through the creation, expansion and multiplication of ‘cracks’ in the capitalist system. These cracks are ordinary moments or spaces of rebellion in which we assert a different type of doing.

John Holloway’s previous book, Change the World Without Taking Power, sparked a world-wide debate among activists and scholars about the most effective methods of going beyond capitalism. Now Holloway rejects the idea of a disconnected array of struggles and finds a unifying contradiction – the opposition between the capitalist labour we undertake in our jobs and the drive towards doing what we consider necessary or desirable.

Clearly and accessibly presented in the form of 33 theses, Crack Capitalism is set to reopen the debate among radical scholars and activists seeking to break capitalism now.

About The Author

John Holloway is a Professor in the Instituto de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades of the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla in Mexico. His publications include Crack Capitalism (Pluto, 2010), Change the World Without Taking Power (Pluto, 2005), Zapatista! Rethinking Revolution in Mexico (co-editor, Pluto, 1998) and Global Capital, National State and the Politics of Money (co-editor, 1994).

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John Holloway

John Holloway

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 Great Hall, Queen’s Building, Queen Mary, University of London, 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)

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

Crack Capitalism at Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Crack-Capitalism-John-Holloway/dp/0745330088/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1256420697&sr=1-8

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The Labour Debate

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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