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TWO EVENTS WITH MICHAEL LÖWY

Haymarket Books presents two events with Michael Löwy

 

Karl Marx’s Theory of Revolution

April 3 * 7 pm * CUNY Graduate Center rm 9204, 365 5th Ave in Manhattan

Transit: 34th St-Herald B/D/F/M/N/Q/R, Penn Station 1/2/3/A/C/E, 33rd St 6

The ideas of Karl Marx are proving to be as relevant as ever in explaining the chaos of capitalism, growing inequality, and the oppression of people in this country and around the world.

But Marx was not just a theorist. He was also an agitator and organizer. He was interested in understanding the world in order to change it.

Join us for this talk and discussion with Michael Löwy on the revolutionary ideas of Karl Marx, based on his book The Theory of Revolution in Young Marx.

Co-Sponsored by the Grad Center ISO and Haymarket Books. More info and RSVP at Facebook.

 

Ecosocialism: A Radical Alternative to Capitalist Catastrophe

April 4 * 5:30 pm * The Commons Brooklyn, 388 Atlantic Ave in Brooklyn

Transit: Bergen F/G, Hoyt-Schermerhorn A/C/G, Nevins St. 2/3/4/5, Atlantic Ave D/N/R

Ecological catastrophe and the preservation of a natural environment favorable to human life are incompatible with the expansive and destructive logic of the capitalist system.

Join a conversation with Michael Löwy exploring some of the main ecosocialist proposals and some concrete experiences of struggle, particularly in Latin America, including:

Before the Flood: The Political Challenge of Ecosocialism

Ecosocialism and Democratic Planning

Ecosocial Struggles of Indigenous Peoples

Chico Mendes and the Brazilian Struggle for the Amazonian Forest

This event will celebrate the release of Ecosocialism: A Radical Alternative to Capitalist Catastrophe, Löwy’s fourth book with Haymarket.

Co-Sponsored by the System Change Not Climate Change; the Ecosocialist Coalition and Haymarket Books. More info and RSVP at Facebook.

 

Michael Löwy is is a French-Brazilian Marxist sociologist and philosopher, and emeritus research director at the CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research). His books, including On Changing the World and The Politics of Combined and Uneven Development, have been translated into twenty-nine languages.

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Any questions? Write: jason@haymarketbooks.org

First Published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/michael-loewy-on-karl-marx-revolution-and-ecosocialism

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LINKS

LINKS UPDATE – 19th SEPTEMBER 2011

What’s new at Links: Thailand, Pakistan, ecosocialism, 9/11, Sudan, Egypt, GCC, Venezuela, Palestine, Swaziland, Blacks & Comintern, Australian left

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Thailand: Why aren’t the generals in jail?

By Giles Ji Ungpakorn

September 19, 2011 — On the fifth anniversary of the September  19, 2006, military coup inThailand, General Sonti Boonyaratgalin should be facing charges for staging an illegal coup and tearing up a democratic constitution. General Prayut Junocha should also be facing charges for ordering the killings of nearly 90 unarmed pro-democracy demonstrators last year.

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Pakistan: Arrested, tortured for assisting climate change victims

[Urgent: Please send messages calling for the release of Baba Jan and his comrades c/- farooqtariq@hotmail.com. Farooq Tariq will be a guest speaker at the Climate Change Social Change activist conference inMelbourne, over September 30 to October 3.]

By Farooq Tariq

September 15, 2011 — Baba Jan, a federal committee member of the Labour Party Pakistan (LPP), has been taken from jail … and the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) is torturing him on the name of investigation”, fears the LPP.

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Derek Wall: ‘Ecosocialism places Marx at the centre of its analysis’

September 10, 2011 — Economist, activist and writer Derek Wall is a member of the Green Party of England andWales(and the Green Left grouping within it) and is the author of several books on ecology and politics. Wall will speak via video link at the Climate Change Social Change activist conference inMelbourne,r September 30 to October 3. He maintains the ecosocialist blog Another Green World. He spoke to Green Left Weekly’s Simon Butler about the politics of ecosocialism.

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US rulers turned 9/11 outrage into blank cheque for endless war

By Rupen Savoulian
September 17, 2011 — Near where I live inSydney, there is a war memorial commemorating all those people from the area who have died serving the Australian armed forces in wars overseas. There are columns for each war Australians have participated in, followed by the names of those who never returned. For instance, there are columns for World War I (1914-1918), World War II (1939-1945), the Korean War (1950-53), and also the “International Campaign against Terrorism (2001– )”. Notice that last one? Unlike the others, the war on terror has no end date.

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Sudan: Secret police target Communist Party press

September 15, 2011 — The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists has expressed alarm at the growing censorship of opposition newspapers inSudan. The regime’s secret police, the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS), halted the distribution of four different opposition newspapers without cause.

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Dateline Egypt: Everything up for grabs in ongoing revolt

By Raul Bassi, Cairo
September 11, 2011 — After the overthrow ofEgypt’s dictator Hosni Mubarak in February 2011, a new chapter in Egyptian history is being written and its authors are the people themselves. Anything could happen and everything is up for grabs given the profound political, social and economic crisis in whichEgypt’s neoliberal system finds itself in.

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Thailand: Free Somyot Prueksakasemsuk!

September 17, 2011 — Australia Asia Worker Links reports that jailed trade union activist Somyot Prueksakasemsuk was denied bail on September 12. Somyot is in jail for allegedly insulting the Thai king, under the country’s notorious lèse majesté law.

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New book: Adam Hanieh’s ‘Capitalism and Class in the Gulf Arab States’; Modern slaves in the GCC

Long-time friend of Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal, Adam Hanieh, has just released a book that is essential reading for all those following developments in theMiddle East. With Hanieh’s permission, Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal publishes an interview with the author, conducted by Jadaliyya, and a short excerpt from the book.

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Venezuela: Communes in Caracas

September 7, 2011 — Translated by Owen Richards  — Among the aims of community organisation is that of building the communal state, where power is exercised directly by the people, through self-government, with an economic model of social property and local self-development. Based on this premise, 236 communes and more than 9000 communal councils have been established, according to information from the Ministry of Popular Power for the Communes.

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Palestine: Ilan Pappe — At the UN, the funeral of the two-state solution

By Ilan Pappe
September 12, 2011 — We are all going to be invited to the funeral of the two-state solution if and when the UN General Assembly announces the acceptance ofPalestine as a member state.

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Black liberation and the Communist International

By John Riddell
September 11, 2011 — The influence of the Communist International was decisive in the early 1920s in winning a generation of black revolutionaries to Marxism. On this the historians agree. But what did this influence consist of, and how was it exerted?

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Eyewitness Swaziland: The birth of ‘Liberation Friday!’; ‘The struggle for a democratic Swaziland continues’

By the Swaziland Democracy Campaign
September 10, 2011 — Friday,  September 9, marked the last day in the second Global Week of Action on Swaziland, culminating in a large protest march in Mbabane that resulted in pitched battles between a heavily armed and aggressive security detachment, and mostly poor workers, students and the unemployed, who gathered legally and peacefully as they have done all week.

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On the Australian left: ‘Let’s unite behind Green Left Weekly’

September 8, 2011 — For many years we were regular contributors to Green Left Weekly and proud supporters of the paper. We’ve now decided to resume writing for GLW and we urge other former contributors to consider doing the same.

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Utopia?

DYSTOPIA: WHAT IS TO BE DONE?

Dystopia: What is to be done? is an hour long documentary film available for free viewing and/or download and showing for educational purposes on the website: www.DystopiaFilm.com.  

It analyses a compendium of crises facing humanity – peak oil, climate change, pollution, disease. poverty, terrorism, war etc. – in terms of their complex causal inter-linkages and common framing and exacerbation within the global world economy.

The long time Marxist message that humanity faces a choice between (eco)socialism and barbarism is given a renewed urgency. The website in addition to the film contains a one minute trailer, a resources page and information about the book of the same title and it author.

Dr. Garry Potter

Director of Graduate Studies

Department of Sociology

Wilfird Laurier University

Waterloo, Ontario

Canada  N2L 3C5

gpotter@wlu.ca or garrypotter34@aol.com

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Harvesting

DAY SCHOOL ON LATIN AMERICA AND THE ECOSOCIALIST ALTERNATIVE

Socialist Resistance

SATURDAY 18 SEPTEMBER -10am – 5.30pm, London, ULU

Day school on Latin America and the Ecosocialist Alternative

Speakers to include:

Hugo Blanco,

Caroline Lucas MP (invited),

Diana Raby,

Derek Wall,

Stuart Piper,

Grace Livingstone,

Amanda Latimer

For more details and registration: http://socialistresistance.org/987/latin-america-and-the-ecosocialist-alternative

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Richard Greeman’s Ecosocialist Book Tour Schedule

 

UK November 2008

 

Please forward via Green and Left networks

 

Richard Greeman, the U.S. writer and longtime  socialist / social activist, will be touring Britain this November speaking to Green groups on the topic: “Capitalist and Ecological Collapse: An Eco-socialist Solution.”  He will also be presenting his new book Beware of Vegetarian Sharks, a sharp-witted collection of Radical Rants and Internationalist Essays, Illustrated (Praxis 2008). Greeman, who is based in France, is best known in Britain for his work on Victor Serge, the Franco-Russian novelist and revolutionary. Greeman’s translation with introduction of Serge’s posthumous novel, Unforgiving Years (NYRB Classics 2008) appeared this Spring.

 

Contact: eurojournalistes@laposte.net

 

Dates: (As of November 2nd.  For updates please contact eurojournalistes@laposte.net )

 

LONDON

Fri. 7 Nov:  “Victor Serge: Committed Writer” University of London, Dept. of French, room 108, Malet Place, WC1, opposite Waterstone’s Bookshop.

Sat. 8 Nov: ” From Capitalist Ecoside to Ecotopia:  A future vision based on Historical Materialism, Emergence theory and Castoriadis’ Contenu du socialisme.”  Historical Materialism Conference, Panel on UTOPIANISM. 11:45 am Brunei Building opposite main entrance to SOAS rm B 104.

Mon 10 Nov: Capitalist and Ecological Collapse: An Ecosocialist Solution” at 7.30 pm in the upstairs meeting room at “The Goose on the Green” pub in Catford. Sponsored by Alliance for Green Socialism

Fri. 21 Nov: Capitalist and Ecological Collapse: An Ecosocialist Solution” 7.30pm at the Lucas Arms, Kings Cross, sponsored by Alliance Green Socialism

 

LIVERPOOL

Wed 12 Nov: “Be Utopian, Demand the Realistic” 7:30 pm at the CASA Bistro Bar on Hope Street opposite Philharmonic Pub

 

GLASGOW: For information update contact eurojournalistes@laposte.net

 

EDINBURUGH 

Sun. Nov. 16: “Victor Serge’s Ecological Vision,” Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh, 7:00 PM

Mon. Nov. 17: “The Revolutionary KIT: build your own invisible international,” Edinburgh University Chaplaincy, 7:00 PM.

 

NEWCASTLE                                

Tues. 18 Nov: “Is There Hope   After Capitalism?” (Ecosocialism versus Capitalist Ecocide) at 6:00 pm Tyneside Irish Center, 43-49 Gallowgate.

 

LONDON

Fri. 21 Nov: Capitalist and Ecological Collapse: An Ecosocialist Solution” 7.30pm at the Lucas Arms, Kings Cross, sponsored by Alliance Green Socialism

 

OXFORD

Mon. 24 Nov: Capitalist and Ecological Collapse: An Ecosocialist Solution”   7:30 pm Committee Room, Wolfson College, Oxford.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Bibliography: To see covers, blurbs, and free downloads of Dangerous Shortcuts and Vegetarian Sharks go to www.lulu.com/content/923573For  Richard’s recent translation of Serge’sUnforgiving Years (NYRB Classics 2008) http://www.nybooks.com/shop/product?usca_p=t&product_id=7159

 

 

Biography:  Richard Greeman studied at Yale College (where he became a socialist), the Sorbonne (where he was active with Socialisme ou Barbarie) and at Columbia University (where he was awarded his PhD in May, 1968 while occupying the University as one of the radical leaders of the student strike). Along with writing and translating, Greeman has been active since 1957 in civil rights, anti-war, anti-nuculear, pro-ecology and labour struggles in the U.S., France, Latin America. He is Secretary of the Victor Serge Foundation and is one of the founders of the Praxis Research and Education Center in Moscow. www.praxiscenter.ru

 

“Ecosocialism is a bet you can’t refuse. Global capitalism in it death crisis is structurally unable to halt ecocidal productivism and the looting of the environment for quick profit. As a result, the planet is likely to become uninhabitable in two or three generations as tendencies like global warming, nuclear proliferation, endless war, flooding, epidemics, food shortages, air/water pollution and destruction of human communities increasingly combine in destructive synergy.

If there remains a marginal (say 1 in 100) chance for human society to survive, it would entail replacing the competitive profit system with a planetary network of producers — a cooperative commonwealth or democratic socialism. Against the near certainty of planetary catastrophe under capitalism, we must bet on the unlikely dream of a harmonious, healthy ecosocialist world. The `Ecotopian Bet’ is one we can’t refuse.

Let us then begin by dreaming the dream, by imagining a technically feasible, ecologically sustainable post-capitalist future and historically possible roads leading to it. One such road, based on theories of cybernetics, chaos, emergence and an idea of Cornelius Castoriadis, I call the New Archimedes Lever. It involves connecting the historically proven lever of solidarity with a philosophical fulcrum (planetary consciousness) and a global electronic platform (the Internet) in order to `lift the earth’ before it succombs to capitalist ecocide.

“Global capitalism is structurally incapable of halting ecocidal productivism and the looting of the environment for quick profit. As a result, the planet is likely to become uninhabitable within decades as tendencies like global warming, nuclear proliferation, flooding, epidemics, food shortages, air/water pollution , endless war and destruction of human communities increasingly combine in destructive synergy.

If there remains a marginal (say 1 in 100) chance for human society to surviv e, it would entail a complete break: replacing the competitive profit system with a planetary network of producers , a global cooperative commonwealth. Against the near certainty of planetary catastrophe under capitalism, we have no choice but to bet on the unlikely dream of a harmonious, healthy ecosocialist world. The `Ecosocialist Bet’ is a bet we can’t refuse.

There can be no future without a dream, no progress without the hope of Utopia. So let us then begin now by trying to imagine a technically feasible, ecologically sustainable post-capitalist future and visualizing historically possible roads leading to it. The ‘New Archimedes’ hypothesis  — based on theories of cybernetics, chaos, emergence and Castoriadis’ Content of Socialism — connects a historically proven lever of worker solidarity and a 21st Century philosophical fulcrum (planetary consciousness) and a global electronicplace to stand  (the Internet) where the billions can unite  in solidarity in order to lift the earth’ before it succumbs to capitalist ecocide.”

— Richard Greeman

 

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