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OCCUPATION CULTURE

New book on art & squatting released…
Occupation Culture: Art & Squatting in the City from Below
Alan W. Moore

Occupation Culture is the story of a journey through the world of recent political squatting in Europe, told by a veteran of the 1970s and ‘80s New York punk art scene. It is also a kind of scholar adventure story. Alan W. Moore sees with the trained eye of a cultural historian, pointing out pasts, connections and futures in the creative direct action of today’s social movements.

Occupation Culture is based on five years of travel and engaged research. It explicates the aims, ideals and gritty realities of squatting. Despite its stature as a leading social movement of the late twentieth century, squatting has only recently received scholarly attention. The rich histories of creative work that this movement enabled are almost entirely unknown.

PDF available freely online: http://www.minorcompositions.info/?p=684

“Reporting on close to forty years of exploits Alan W. Moore’s Occupation Culture is no academic treatise but a Picaresque adventure story filled with both detailed observations and broader reflections on the political and cultural significance of art and squatting that stretches across the Atlantic from the United States to Europe.” – Gregory Sholette, author of Dark Matter: Art and Politics in the Age of Enterprise Culture

“Occupy wasn’t just a movement, it is a long-standing strategy and, frankly, a form of living. Alan W. Moore has seen firsthand more squats and occupations than anyone, and he brings his sensibility to bear on this global phenomena. A must read for occupiers, whether artist, activist or renter.” – Nato Thompson, curator at Creative Time, editor of Living as Form: Socially Engaged Art from 1991-2011

Bio: Alan W. Moore worked with the artists’ groups Colab and helped start the cultural center ABC No Rio in New York City. He has published on artists’ groups, cultural districts and cultural economies, and is the author of Art Gangs: Protest and Counterculture in New York City (2011). He lives in Madrid.

Released by Minor Compositions, Wivenhoe / Brooklyn / Port Watson
Minor Compositions is a series of interventions & provocations drawing from autonomous politics, avant-garde aesthetics, and the revolutions of everyday life.

Minor Compositions is an imprint of Autonomedia
www.minorcompositions.info | minorcompositions@gmail.com

 

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Ideal Home?

Ideal Home?

HOUSED BY CHOICE, HOUSED BY FORCE – HOMES, CONFLICT AND CONFLICTING INTERESTS

Interdisciplinary – International Conference

Details:  http://architecturemps.com/cyprus

The need to be housed is basic and yet, the forces that produce it in any city of the world multiple, contradictory and often conflictive.

Whilst inherently complicated in any context, housing delivery is even more difficult in sites of inherent social, cultural, political and economic sensitivity such as the one that hosts this event, Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus.

Taking as its starting point the social, political, cultural and economic complexity of its host city – the world’s last remaining divided capital – this conference seeks to understand the range of conflicting interests and factors that shape the housing of our towns and cities in both normal and extreme scenarios.

It is interested in cases from around the world, from politically charged environments of military conflict zones to the socially conflictive contexts of developer led gentrification. It welcomes resident perspectives and planner led solutions, sociological analysis and ideas for inclusionary design.

It seeks to better understand how we safeguard the right to choose appropriate housing for all our citizens; how we ensure residents have a voice in design and development; how we guarantee adequate housing is always an option; and how we overcome conflicts and conflicting interests to do this.

Location: University of Cyprus; The Cyprus Institute, Cyprus.

Dates: 21 – 22nd January, 2016

Abstract Deadline: 01st October, 2015

Details:  http://architecturemps.com/cyprus

 

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Modernism

Modernism

HOUSING: CRITICAL FUTURES

Housing – Critical Futures – an international program of conferences and events is launched for 2015-16.

AN OPEN CALL for two Inaugural Events:

CONFERENCE – OPEN CALL: http://architecturemps.com/housing-critical-perspective/

08-09 April 2015

FILM SCREENINGS & DEBATE: http://architecturemps.com/h-cfl-filmdebate/

10 January 2015

EVENTS involve:
Patrick Keiler. Independent Filmmaker. Dilapidated Dwelling – film screening.
Avi Friedman. Architect / Housing Specialist. TBC. McGill University, Canada.
Loretta Lees. Human Geographer. University of Leicester
Luciana Berger, MP. Shadow Minister for Public Health, UK.

PRESENTATION Options:
1. Conference Presentations (20 minutes)
2. Written Papers (3,000 words for e-book; 5,000 for journal publication and print) *
3. Alternatives – Pecha Kucha talks; short film screenings; photographic essays etc.
4. In-person and virtual presentations (via Skype, etc.) are welcome.

CONFERENCE Key Dates:
12 December 2014: Abstract Submissions
20 December 2014: Abstract Feedback
20 March 2015: Full Paper Submissions (where applicable)
08-09 April 2015. Conference

OVERALL PROGRAM: http://architecturemps.com/housing-critical-futures/

 

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Glenn Rikowski’s latest paper, Crises in Education, Crises of Education – can now be found at Academia: http://www.academia.edu/8953489/Crises_in_Education_Crises_of_Education

 

Glenn Rikowski’s article, Education, Capital and the Transhuman – can also now be found at Academia: https://www.academia.edu/9033532/Education_Capital_and_the_Transhuman

Modernism

Modernism

CRITICAL GEOGRAPHIES OF URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE – FINAL CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS

A two-day conference and open discussion organised by the Urban Geography Research Group (UGRG) of the RGS-IBG.

6-7 November 2014

The Bartlett School of Planning, University College London

 

Call for Contributions

This year’s UGRG Conference will explore the relationship between critical urban theory and infrastructure. Critical urbanism may be defined by Brenner et al (2009: 179) as concerned:

(a) to analyze the systemic, yet historically specific, intersections between capitalism and urbanization processes;

(b) to examine the changing balance of social forces, power relations, sociospatial inequalities and political-institutional arrangements;

(c) to expose marginalizations and injustices that are inscribed and naturalized within existing urban configurations;

(d) to decipher the contradictions, crisis tendencies and lines of potential or actual conflict within contemporary cities, and on this basis;

(e) to demarcate and to politicize possibilities for more progressive, socially just, emancipatory and sustainable formations of urban life.

 

Since the publication of Splintering Urbanism (Graham and Marvin, 2001), there has been a heightened focus on employing critical urbanist perspectives to study the fundamental issues of urban infrastructure, of who gets what infrastructure and where? This includes work on the assemblage and effects of different types of infrastructure including water, waste and other metabolic systems (Gandy 2002; Marvin and Medd 2006; Nikolas et al 2006), traffic and city streets (Hamilton-Baillie 2008; Buiter 2008) motorways and flyovers (Harris 2013; Merriman 2007; Norton 2008), various forms of public transportation (Butcher 2011), cycling (Aldred 2012) and airports (Guller and Guller 2003; McNeill 2010). Emerging research has highlighted the particular materialities of different infrastructure systems as they sustain and disrupt the circulations that constitute urban life (Amin and Thrift 2002; Gandy 2004; Latham and McCormack 2004; Hommels 2005). It has also examined practices of dwelling and experiences of inhabiting infrastructural systems as particular kinds of public spaces (Bissell 2010, 2014; Koch and Latham 2014; McIlvenny 2010; Sheller and Urry 2003; Wilson 2012).

Such work has demonstrated the exercise of social and political power through infrastructural provisioning, and the challenges of governance which might bring about more inclusive and democratic forms of urban infrastructure (Boudreau et al 2009; McFarlane and Rutherford 2008; Spinney 2010; Swyngedouw 2005).

Much work remains, however, in exploring the key dynamics through which infrastructure structures and restructures urban spaces. In particular, the UGRG is keen to hear from scholars working on topics and theoretical perspectives which include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • state versus private provision, management and maintenance of infrastructure
  • dynamics of access and exclusion
  • privatization of key urban infrastructure
  • Global North and Global South standards and models of infrastructure provision
  • comparative studies of infrastructural provision and innovation
  • policy mobility and the circulation of ‘best practice’
  • dwelling and inhabitation within infrastructural spaces
  • new imperatives of sustainability, austerity and resilience agendas
  • innovations ranging from micro-scale to regional master-planning

Papers are welcom from researchers at any stage of their careers (including doctoral students). We will also be holding a ‘pecha-kucha’ session as we did in 2012.

Abstracts of approx 200 words should be emailed to ugrg2014@gmail.com  by Friday 19 September 2014 (tomorrow).

Please contact Luke Binns (luke.binns@gmail.com) and Gabriel Silvestre (gabriel.silvestre.11@ucl.ac.uk) if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Modernism

Modernism

POLITICS, SOCIOLOGY AND ARCHITECTURE CONFERENCE

CALL FOR PAPERS

CONFERENCE: http://architecturemps.com/housing-critical-perspective/

08-09 April 2015
OVERALL PROGRAM: http://architecturemps.com/housing-critical-futures/

Participation is welcome for both.

Together with the Sociology Department of Liverpool University and the Architecture Department of Liverpool John Moores University, Architecture MPS is organising a two day interdisciplinary conference on the theme of affordable housing provision. Forming part of a broader program of international events, Housing – Critical Futures, it is open to activists, artists and academics of all disciplines. It is set in the UK but seeks to link with global issues.

Against a background of disparate policy interventions, resistances, contradictions and conflict, the questions we are asking are multiple: How are elite, privatised residential developments reshaping urban space? How have recent policy interventions impacted on the social lives of neighbourhoods? What are some of the ways in which architects have responded to affordable housing crises? What insights can politically-engaged art projects bring to bear in this context? How have sociological studies sought to make sense of the local contexts into which wider structural issues are inflected? What role will states have in the housing solutions of the future? How can architects work with existing building stock to help sustain communities under threat? How have local activists ensured their voice is heard in the context of gentrifiying cities? What role is there for critical planning theory vis-à-vis housing?

A range of options are available to those wishing to present. We welcome submissions for Conference Presentations (20 minutes); Full Written Papers (3,000 words); and a range of alternative proposals, such as 5 minute Pecha Kucha talks; short film screenings; photographic essays; installations etc. You are invited to propose other options.

Key Dates:
12 December 2014: Abstract Submissions
20 December 2014: Abstract Feedback
20 March 2015: Full Paper Submissions (where applicable)
08-09 April 2015. Conference

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No Future

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 6th DECEMBER 2010

EVENTS

PARTY: ANTI-CAPITALIST HOLIDAY BASH!

Saturday, December 18 2010
7 PM
U of T Grad Students Union Gym
16 Bancroft Ave., Toronto

Does the hyper-consumer craziness of the holiday season have you feeling down? Amidst the twinkle lights and the insidious calls to shop, shop and shop some more, are you spending your spare moments plotting the eventual demise of capitalism?

If so, you should join us for the Anti-Capitalist Holiday Bash! On Saturday, December 18th the Community Solidarity Network Fundraising Committee will be throwing the anti-capitalist event of the season to fundraise for our friends and allies facing G20 related charges.

Join us for a community dinner (vegan and vegetarian options will be served), followed by an evening of low key musical performances, workshops, games, prison letter writing, and a ‘really really free market’ exchange.

Tickets: $10-15 sliding scale, or PWYC (no one will be turned away for lack of funds)
All proceeds go to the G20 Legal Defence Fund.

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CALL FOR PAPERS

CALL FOR PAPERS: THE CANADIAN ASSOCIATION FOR STUDIES IN CO-OPERATION (CASC) & THE ASSOCIATION FOR NONPROFIT AND SOCIAL ECONOMY STUDIES (ANSER)

The Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation (CASC) and the Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Studies (ANSER) have issued their calls for papers to be presented at their conferences in June.

The theme of the CASC conference is Co-operation in a Changing Economy: The Role of Social Innovation and Collective Entrepreneurship.  CASC is seeking abstracts that reflect on the processes of social entrepreneurship as they relate to co-operative practice. The deadline for submission of proposals is January 24, 2011.

Download the call for papers: http://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/CASC%20call%202011%20English.pdf

About CASC: http://www.coopresearch.coop/

The theme of the ANSER conference is Building Communities: Exploring the Contributions of Nonprofits and the Social Economy. The deadline for submission of proposals is January 11, 2011.

Download the call for papers: http://www.anser-ares.ca/files/conf11/UNBCallAnnouncement2011-Eng%20_1_jq.pdf

About ANSER: http://www.anser-ares.ca/

Both conferences will take place at the University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University in Fredericton on June 1-3 as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

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NEWS & VIEWS

THOUSANDS PROTEST IRISH NIGHTMARE ECONOMY

by Leo Panitch, The Bullet

Last weekend in Ireland, thousands of people demonstrated against austerity measures and against bearing the burden of the Irish crisis. Just how did the Irish miracle turn into the Irish nightmare? Paul Jay of The Real News Network recently interviewed Leo Panitch. Panitch is a distinguished research professor at York University, teaches political science there, and he’s the author (with Greg Albo and Sam Gindin) of the book In and Out of Crisis: The Global Financial Meltdown and Left Alternatives
(http://inandoutofcrisis.wordpress.com/).

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/436.php

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WE WILL NOT BE CENSORED: WIKILEAKS

WikiLeaks now running in over 208 locations

http://wikileaks.ch/mirrors.html

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NEW RESOURCES FOR EVALUATING COMMUNITY ORGANIZING

As Alliance for Justice has developed tools and strategies for evaluating advocacy work, we have often been asked for more specific information about evaluating community organizing. We have found that the range of organizing styles, approaches, and philosophies in use can make it challenging to formulate a consistent mechanism for evaluating the organizing process and its outcomes.  This lack of consistent evaluation often contributes to a misunderstanding or devaluing of organizing work by funders, policy makers, and community-based organizations. 

In response to these requests and to help raise the profile of community organizing as a critically important change strategy, we have developed Resources for Evaluating Community Organizing (RECO). RECO includes detailed summaries of each resource so users can find the resources that are most useful for their evaluation needs.

Read more: http://www.afj.org/for-nonprofits-foundations/reco/

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THE BOLIVIAN ROAD TO SOCIALISM

by Mike Geddes, Bolivia Rising

Politics in the UK and the EU is likely to be dominated for the foreseeable future by massive cuts in public service provision. The furious demonstrations that have taken place in Greece may be a harbinger of the popular protest to come. These demonstrations would have looked very familiar in Bolivia, where in the early years of this century a sustained popular uprising over several years succeeded in overthrowing a hated neoliberal regime and installing the progressive and radical government of the MAS (Movement towards Socialism) led by President Evo Morales. Can we learn from Bolivia about resistance to the neoliberal agenda and building an alternative? The answer is certainly yes – but that means understanding what has been happening there.

Read more: http://boliviarising.blogspot.com/2010/12/bolivian-road-to-socialism.html

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REPORT: PRECARIOUS HOUSING IN CANADA (2010)

by the Wellesley Institute

Precarious Housing in Canada (2010) is a powerful, new research and policy report from the Wellesley Institute. Using the most comprehensive and current data, research and analysis, Precarious Housing sets out a pragmatic, five-point plan targeted to the millions of Canadians who are living in substandard, over-crowded and unaffordable homes – plus those who are living without any housing at all. Housing is one of the most important factors for a healthy life.

Download the full report: http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/download/224
Download the executive summary: http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/download/221

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LIFE HAS NEVER BEEN BETTER FOR RICHEST CANADIANS

By Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — Canada has entered a 1920s-like Gilded Age, where the super-rich consolidate their wealth while the middle class stagnates.

That’s the conclusion of a new study based on income-tax forms filed up until 2007, showing that the richest one per cent of Canadians took home 13.8 per cent of all incomes claimed that year.

The share of total income going to the richest of the rich has risen steadily since the early 1980s, reversing a long-term trend toward a more equal distribution of the country’s income during the postwar ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, the study says.

Read more: http://thechronicleherald.ca/Front/1214751.html

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HOLIDAY GIFTS WITH A CONSCIENCE

21 HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS FOR THE ACTIVISTS & “ECO-TERRORISTS” IN YOUR LIFE

As you’re out prowling for holiday gifts, consider supporting some of these incredible artists, journalists, activists, and entrepreneurs. It’s hard to pay the bills doing what you love, and I know these folks would be thankful for your support (and so would those receiving what they’ve made!).

Read more: http://www.greenisthenewred.com/blog/gift-ideas-for-activists/3279/

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ECO-FRIENDLY GREENPEACE GIFTS ONLINE

Stuck for gift ideas this holiday season? Greenpeace can help. Take care of all your holiday shopping without ever stepping in a busy shopping mall: we have a wide range of fun and eco-friendly gift options that you can order online right now!

Read more: http://secure.greenpeace.ca/store/Cart/index.php

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JOIN THE MOVEMENT! SUBSCRIBE TO OUR TIMES, CANADA’S INDEPENDENT LABOUR MAGAZINE

“Our Times is where we go to read about the issues that matter most to us. It’s labour journalism at its best.”– Rosemarie Bahr, Editor Canadian Association of Labour Media

Don’t miss an issue * Save over 20% on the newsstand price * Support your magazine

Subscribe to Our Times and you’ll receive a magazine full of stories by and about frontline workers in Canada, right on your doorstep, six times a year. Your subscription to Our Times will help ensure there will always be a place in Canadian media for the voice of working people. If you believe in workers’ rights, a healthy environment and strong communities, Our Times is your magazine – so join us now! Subscribe.

You can subscribe online right now using PayPal: https://www.securewebexchange.com/ourtimes.ca/Subscribe/

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WRAP UP THE GIFT OF SOCIAL JUSTICE FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Struggling to find that perfect something for the budding activist, environmental champion or political junkie on your gift giving list?

Skip the socks and underwear and wrap up the gift of social justice – give a 2011 membership in the Council of Canadians to your loved ones today!

Instead of more stuff, this year choose to expand a mind, challenge a viewpoint and promote positive change. Give a 2011 Council of Canadians membership to friends and family. By doing so, they become part of Canada’s largest independent citizens’ advocacy group.  Membership is a gift that keeps on giving – throughout the year Council members are kept informed on pressing issues of social justice across the country and around the world, and join with tens of thousands of people in taking collective action through creative local, national and international campaigns. Together, Council members advocate for clean, public water, trade and climate justice, better public health care and true democracy.

Read more: https://vws1.magma.ca/www.canadians.org/join/donate/gift-membership.html

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RETHINKING SCHOOLS MAGAZINE HOLIDAY GIFT OFFER!

You know how useful Rethinking Schools (http://www.rethinkingschools.org/index.shtml) can be. Every issue offers a wide range of articles portraying classrooms that are academically rigorous, multicultural, and engaging. Filled with innovative teaching ideas, analyses of important policy issues, and valuable resources, it is a priceless resource for educators. Now you can give a gift subscription to your friends and colleagues for just $14 each – a savings of 40% off the cover price! An attractive gift card will be sent to you to mail or present to each of your recipients.

A subscription to Rethinking Schools can make a great holiday gift for a friend, relative, or colleague. It’s convenient, and you avoid the hassle of last-minute shopping. Use the form on the other side to order as many one-year gift subscriptions as you’d like at the incredible price of only $14 each!

P.S. You now have the option of sending print or digital subscriptions. Just indicate your choice. Respond today so we have time to process your order.

Read more: https://secure.aidcvt.com/rts_cart/gift.asp

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GIFT SUBSCRIPTIONS TO ALTERNATIVES MAGAZINE

Alternatives Journal, Canada’s national environmental magazine, delivers thoughtful analysis and intelligent debate on Canadian and world environmental issues, the latest news and ideas, as well as profiles of environmental leaders who are making a difference.

Alternatives is the thoughtful gift that shows your family and friends there is something they can do to make our world a better place.

The more you give, the more you save!

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Electronic subscriptions (PDF files) are available.

Call 1-866-437-2587 or order online at
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ABOUT CSEW (CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION & WORK, OISE/UT):

Head: Peter Sawchuk
Co-ordinator: D’Arcy Martin

The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) brings together educators from university, union, and community settings to understand and enrich the often-undervalued informal and formal learning of working people. We develop research and teaching programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) that strengthen feminist, anti-racist, labour movement, and working-class perspectives on learning and work.

Our major project is APCOL: Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning. This five-year project (2009-2013), funded by SSHRC-CURA, brings academics and activists together in a collaborative effort to evaluate how organizations approach issues and campaigns and use popular education.

For more information about CSEW, visit: http://www.csew.ca

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Red

THE ROUGE FORUM – UPDATE 6th SEPTEMBER 2010

A message from Rich Gibson

Dear Friends

Please note the Rouge Forum Broadside, “Why Have School? Education and the Resistance linked here:
http://richgibson.com/WhyHaveSchoolSept%202010.pdf

Why have school (?) is a fine, back to school, exercise.

…and note too, the South Africa public workers’ strike (including educators) in retreat (a familiar echo of political betrayal):

A strike by more than one million public sector workers in South Africa has been suspended. Trade Union leaders say they have not accepted a pay offer by the Government, but will halt the strike for three weeks to allow their members time to consider it. The BBC reports some 1.3 million civil servants went on strike demanding a pay rise of 8.5% and a housing allowance of 1000 rand ($US135) per month. The government has offered 7.5%.President Jacob Zuma last week ordered his ministers to negotiate an end to the strike, which is entering its fourth week. The government’s renewed offer was initially refused by the unions and the Congress of South African Trades Unions. The strike has seen strong criticism of President Jacob Zuma, who the unions helped bring to power in 2009. Analysts say the unions are angry that they have received little from him.

See: http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/world/56194/south-african-strike-suspended

Good luck to us, every one

Rich Gibson

The Rouge Forum: http://richgibson.com/rouge_forum/

 

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Anarchism

LONDON ANARCHIST BOOKFAIR 2010

SATURDAY 23 OCTOBER 2010

10am-7pm Queen Mary, University Of London, Mile End Road, Mile End tube

Paul Mason, Hillel Ticktin and Endnotes debate:

‘Will Cameron’s Cuts lead to working-class defeat or to a new anti-capitalist movement?’

(Paul Mason’s writings can be found at his blog at bbc.co.uk and Ticktin and Endnotes articles are at libcom.org)

Chris Knight and Milan Rai debate Noam Chomsky’s science and politics

Plus talks with John Pilger and Michael Albert

Also meetings on: India, Croatia, feminism, Palestine, Zapatistas, Gandhi, Proudhon, pirates, co-ops, prisons, EDL, education, healthworkers, shop stewards and more.

For more details and for information about the: ‘Housing Ourselves’ conference – Sunday 24 October. See http://www.anarchistbookfair.org.uk/whatson.html

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Work, work, work

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 21st AUGUST 2010

 

 

EVENTS

ALLENDE ARTS FESTIVAL

It’s that time of year again! Time to celebrate Latin American Arts in Canada with the 2010 Allende Arts Festival in Toronto from September 10th-25th

More info: http://www.allendefestival.com/2010-festival.html

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CONFERENCE: WHO BELONGS? RIGHTS, BENEFITS, OBLIGATIONS AND IMMIGRATION STATUS

Thu Sep 23–Sat Sep 25, 2010
University of Toronto, Faculty of Law
84 Queen’s Park

In Canada, as in many other parts of the world, an individual’s immigration status may play a significant role in determining how various rights, benefits and obligations are allocated.  This is true for the allocation of various social benefit programs, employment opportunities, and legal and democratic rights.  The principal aim of this conference is to explore the consequences of the differential access to rights, benefits and obligations on the basis of immigration status, and provide a framework to assist in analyzing how these distinctions should be made.

Sponsored by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA)and the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights, University of Toronto.

More info: http://ccla.org/get-involved/events/immigrationconference/

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INCLUSIVE EDUCATION INSTITUTE: BEST PRACTICES FOR ONTARIO’S EQUITY & INCLUSIVE EDUCATION STRATEGY

August 24–26, 2010
9:00 am-5:00 pm
Centre for Social Innovation
215 Spadina Ave., Toronto

Ontario has embarked on a bold plan to become the best publicly funded education system in the world, and inclusion is a foundation of the delivery of high-quality instruction for all learners. Leadership, and leaders with vision, are critical to bringing the Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy to life in schools and school boards. Join other system leaders and educators from across Ontario to share best practices.

More info: http://animaleadership.com/what-we-offer/Our-Services/Inclusive-Education-Institute

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SOCIAL VENTURE PARTNERS TORONTO SCREENING OF HOME SAFE TORONTO

August 26, 2010
6:00 pm-9:00 pm (film screening at 6:45 pm)
CAMERA Bar
1028 Queen St. West, Toronto

Free for Social Venture partners; $15 for non-partners. Bring your teen and adult children

Light supper provided; cash bar

Laura Sky, the producer and a distinguished local documentary filmmaker, will attend. Home Safe Toronto reveals how close homelessness is to many hard-working, hopeful Torontonians. Their stories will open our eyes and hearts, and ideally inspire a new determination to end homelessness in Canada.

More info: http://www.svptoronto.org/

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OUR TIMES SNEAK PREVIEW SPECIAL LABOUR DAY ISSUE

Our Times’ special Labour Day edition will be heading to press shortly.

In this issue, journalist Lisa Walter, who covered the summit events for Our Times, shares the diary of her G20 arrest and detention. We’ll also report on LabourStart’s first-ever global solidarity conference, and Bob Barnetson discusses child labour on Alberta farms. Plus, Our Times’s exciting new series “Working Papers,” by graduates of the Labour College of Canada, begins with Fred Sinclair. And actor Kathleen Laskey, who plays Barbara Strange on the much-loved TV show “Being Erica,” talks about a typical working day on set.

We’ll have a review of the book Pubs, Pulpits and Prairie Fire, stunning poetry from the streets of the summit, our scintillating regular columns, and much more.

More info: http://www.ourtimes.ca/index.php

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URBAN ALLIANCE ON RACE RELATIONS – CALL FOR NOMINATIONS, 2010 RACE RELATIONS AWARDS

The Urban Alliance on Race Relations celebrates their 35th Anniversary at our 2010 Awards Dinner on Thursday,  September 30, 2010. At this time, the UARR will be honouring two (2) individuals who have clearly demonstrated a commitment to anti-racism in the community.  The award nominees must have:

– Worked as a volunteer and/or as staff beyond one identifiable community in the field of race relations and anti-racism
– Conducted this service for a minimum of five years in the Greater Toronto Area

Nominations will be considered by a subcommittee of the board of directors of UARR.

Please submit nominations before September 6th, 2010. A submission from individuals or from organizations is easy:  name the nominee and the reason for your nomination. Please include your own name (or organizational representation) and your contact information for follow-up.

Do it today! Send to: Info@urbanalliance.ca, or fax to: 416.703.4415 or mail to:
Nominations, UARR, 302 Spadina Avenue, Suite 507, Toronto, M5T 2E7

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SOCIAL PLANNING TORONTO SYMPOSIUM – SCHOOLS AS COMMUNITY HUBS: THE VISION, THE CHALLENGE, THE OPPORTUNITY

Friday, September 24, 2010
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Ontario Bar Association Conference Centre
20 Toronto Street, wheelchair accessible

In Toronto, a variety of organizations and individuals, from Cabinet Ministers to Mayoral candidates, from Boards of Education to staunch critics of the educational status quo, have been promoting the concept of schools as community hubs. On Friday, September 24, we will have an opportunity to bring together a broad range of individuals and organizations to continue that conversation, exploring the diverse visions for schools in community, the barriers which exist to progress, and the opportunities which currently exist to make progress toward a reality in which schools are at the heart of their communities.

More info: http://us1.campaign-archive.com/?u=a8f54eab94acd8c455bb09550&id=17da949e70&e=bd9e77ec33#3

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LATIN AMERICAN TRADE UNIONISTS COALITION (LATUC) INAUGURAL CONVENTION

Sept. 10-12, 2010
Steelworkers Hall
25 Cecil St., Toronto

LATUC encourages all Spanish-speaking brothers and sisters in trade unions across Canada to attend and participate in our First Constitutional Convention.

Registration: $100 – unionized worker, $25 – non-unionized worker, $10 – students/seniors/unemployed

More info: http://www.latuc.ca/

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NEWS & VIEWS

PRIVATIZATION CONTRACTS TO BE MADE PUBLIC AFTER DECISION OF B.C. INFORMATION AND PRIVACY COMMISSIONER

Precedent ends years of secrecy ended for multi-million dollar details between government and Compass, Sodexo and K-Bro for hospital support services.

Read more: http://cupe.ca/compass/privatization-contracts-public-decision

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OPSEU MEMBERS STRIKE DURING WAGE FREEZE CONSULTATIONS

In the midst of the first two weeks of consultations over the Ontario government’s proposed compensation freeze, members of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union have begun a strike for a first contract at Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM)… All public sector workers have an interest in a successful strike here.   

Read more: http://www.ochu.on.ca/leftwords_ochuBlog.php

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REPORT: THE PROBLEM OF POVERTY POST-RECESSION

Every recession ushers in a rising tide of poverty. As jobless and underemployed people struggle to make ends meet, the nouveau poor swell the ranks of the déjà poor… if past recessions are any guide, between 750,000 and 1.8 million more Canadians will be counted as poor before recovery is complete.

Read more: http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/problem-poverty-post-recession

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IS THE LABOR MOVEMENT SPEAKING FOR ITS FEMALE MEMBERS?

Karen Nausbamm, the director of the AFL-CIO’s Working America, has a penchant for pointing out that the AFL-CIO is the largest women’s organization in the country… Why, then, did the AFL-CIO refuse to assume a position on the health care reform bill negotiated earlier this year which restricts women from using health insurance plans toward the cost of abortions?

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mike-elk/is-the-labor-movement-spe_b_689251.html

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REPORT: PRECARIOUS HOUSING IN CANADA

Precarious Housing in Canada (2010) is a powerful, new research and policy report from the Wellesley Institute. Using the most comprehensive and current data, research and analysis, Precarious Housing  sets out a pragmatic, five-point plan targeted to the millions of Canadians who are living in substandard, over-crowded and unaffordable homes – plus those who are living without any housing at all.

Read more: http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/news/affordable-housing-news/new-report-precarious-housing-in-canada-2010/

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CAPITALIST CRISIS, RADICAL RENEWAL? AN INTERVIEW WITH LEO PANITCH, SAM GINDIN, AND GREG ALBO

Greg Albo, Sam Gindin, and Leo Panitch all teach political economy at York University in Toronto and are the authors of In and Out of Crisis: The Global Financial Meltdown and Left Alternatives, published by PM Press. Panitch and Albo are co-editors of the Socialist Register, while Gindin for many years was research director of the Canadian Auto Workers Union.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/398.php

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BILL 68: WORKERS FORCED TO SETTLE FOR LESS

Changes to Employment Standards under Bill 68 = more barriers for workers

Under Bill 68 “Open for Business,” the government is introducing changes to Employment Standards that are a huge step backward for workers. Instead of cracking down on bad bosses, Bill 68 will create more barriers for workers, while making it easier for employers to avoid paying what they are required to by law.

Read more: http://www.workersactioncentre.org/
   
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ONLINE JOURNAL ARTICLES

PLANNING IDEOLOGY AND GEOGRAPHIC THOUGHT IN THE EARLY TWENTIETH CENTURY: CHARLES WHITNALL’S PROGRESSIVE ERA PARK DESIGNS FOR SOCIALIST MILWAUKEE
Lorne A. Platt
Journal of Urban History published 3 August 2010, 10.1177/0096144210374016
http://juh.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0096144210374016v1

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THE SOCIAL INNOVATIONS OF AUTOGESTIÓN IN ARGENTINA’S WORKER-RECUPERATED ENTERPRISES: COOPERATIVELY REORGANIZING PRODUCTIVE LIFE IN HARD TIMES
Marcelo Vieta
Labor Studies Journal 2010;35 295-321
http://lsj.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/35/3/295

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SERVICE LABOR AND SYMBOLIC POWER: ON PUTTING BOURDIEU TO WORK
Jeffrey J. Sallaz
Work and Occupations 2010;37 295-319
http://wox.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/37/3/295

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UNDERSTANDING CONSTRAINTS ON NONPROFIT LEADERSHIP TACTICS IN TIMES OF RECESSION
Brent Never
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly published 5 August 2010    http://nvs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0899764010378357v1

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JOB POSTINGS

RFA – PILOT EVALUATION – WOMEN’S HEALTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

The Ontario Women’s Health Network is seeking an evaluator to assess the pilot of the Women’s Health Leadership Program. The contract period for this position is from September 7 – November 1, 2010. The deadline for applications is August 24, 2010 at 1pm.

Program Background: The Ontario Women’s Health Network (OWHN) was recently awarded a grant from Echo: Improving Women’s Health in Ontario to provide the Women’s Health Leadership Program. The program will be offered over the coming three years and will seek to reach women participants from all over Ontario. The program will be offered in three levels and will support the development of women and their leadership capacity, including in relation to increasing women’s ability to reflect critically on sex and gender and how to promote gender-related advancements in the health system.

More info: http://www.owhn.on.ca/OWHN%20RFA_Pilot%20Evaluation.doc

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ABOUT CSEW (CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION & WORK):

Head: Peter Sawchuk
Co-ordinator: D’Arcy Martin

The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) brings together educators from university, union, and community settings to understand and enrich the often-undervalued informal and formal learning of working people. We develop research and teaching programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) that strengthen feminist, anti-racist, labour movement, and working-class perspectives on learning and work.

Our major project is APCOL: Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning. This five-year project (2009-2013), funded by SSHRC-CURA, brings academics and activists together in a collaborative effort to evaluate how organizations approach issues and campaigns and use popular education.

For more information about CSEW, visit: http://www.csew.ca

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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 10th JULY 2010

 

EVENTS

COMMUNITY FORUM ON HOUSING

Wednesday, July 7
5:00 – 7:30 PM
4175 Lawrence Avenue East (at Kingston Road)
Recreation Room

Social Planning Toronto and the Centre for the Study of Education and Work’s APCOL Project invite you to this community forum with speakers Ann Fitzpatrick (Housing Action, Now), Yutaka Dirks (Housing Network of Ontario), Michael Kerr (Colour of Poverty, Colour of Change).  Learn about housing campaigns, solutions and organizing tools!  Network with housing activists and share your local stories with them.

RSVP to Israt Ahmed at (416) 431-9150 or iahmed@socialplanningtoronto.org

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GREATER TORONTO WORKERS’ ASSEMBLY – 4TH ASSEMBLY AND PUBLIC MEETING

July 16 -17 2010

The 4th gathering of the Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly will be held this July 16 -17 2010. Next week!

The Workers’ Assembly will have 3 components:

1. Friday July 16th (Evening) is a public forum on the Free and Accessible Transit Campaign. This event is open to the public. No registration required. For more info: http://www.workersassembly.ca/node/102

2. Saturday 17th (Morning) is an internal Assembly meeting. This event is for members and supportive observers only. Registration required. In order to register send an email to: workingclassfightback@gmail.com
In the subject line write: Registration

3. Saturday 17th (Afternoon) is a discussion on the G20: its meaning, and how to build strategic campaigns of resistance against its international policies here in the city. The discussion is for members and supportive observers of the Assembly. Members and observers are welcome to bring guests. Registration required. In order to register send an email to: workingclassfightback@gmail.com In the subject line write: Registration

The suggested contribution to the Assembly is $10/ PWYC (Lunch will not be provided). Contributions will be collected on Saturday.

Childcare subsidy provided to members with prior notice. If required email workingclassfightback@gmail.com  In the subject line of the email write “childcare subsidy”

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FREE OUR FRIENDS: A G20 LEGAL DEFENCE FUNDRAISER

Thursday, July 22
9:00pm – 1:00am
The Central
603 Markham Street (Just South of Bloor, Just West of Bathurst)
Toronto, ON

Show solidarity with G20 political prisoners by dancing yr face off and donating some cash in exchange for some solid musical love.

ALL proceeds at the door go to legal funds for G20 legal defence (including for our friend Illogik, who is performing), and we’ll also have some raffles and other goodies for you to throw money at. every last dime will go to paying legal bills.

Suggested Donation: $5-10 Sliding Scale

featuring:

– Hush Money: http://everyoneisdoomed.org/hushmoney/
– Illogik: http://www.myspace.com/testtheirlogik

and more bands TBA!

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TORONTO OPEN BUDGET INITIATIVE CAMPAIGN LAUNCH AND TOWN HALL

Tuesday, July 13
6:00 – 8:00 PM
City Hall, Council Chambers
100 Queen Street West

The City of Toronto’s budget is $9.2 billion and oversees programs and services for over 2.4 million people.  TOBI wants to find ways for individuals to become more involved in making the decisions about how these funds are spent.  Join us for:

– A panel presentation of TOBI principles and values
– TOBI’s recommended actions
– A chance to learn about some issues within Toronto’s current budget process
– Sharing your ideas for a more open and participatory budget process in Toronto

No registration required.

Please note that campaigning on civic property is prohibited. This is an informational event. Please refrain from bringing any campaign materials, flyers or brochures promoting any municipal election campaigns.

Who is TOBI? The Toronto Open Budget Initiative is a group of residents and community organizations working in areas including housing, arts, environment, childcare, social planning, child welfare, seniors, youth, anti-poverty, gender and racial equality, and local community services.  This group formed in September 2009 and has been organizing and advocating for a more open, participatory and equitable budget process in the City of Toronto.

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RACIALIZED MUNICIPAL CANDIDATES FORUM

Come and hear from racialized municipal candidates and find out what they stand for.

Tuesday July 13th
6:00pm
31 Wellesley Street East
A Free Event
All are welcome

Event poster at http://aclaontario.ca
info@aclaontario.ca   416.347.9732

Organized by the Asian Canadian Labour Alliance, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists and the Latin American Trade Union Coalition.

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NEWS & VIEWS

JASON KENNEY’S DISPOSABLE WORKFORCE OF TEMPORARY FOREIGN LABOUR

by Usman Mushtaq, rabble.ca

Foreign students and temporary workers lose immigration and labour rights as CIC lowers their numbers and status. The restrictive immigration law announcement was made over G20 weekend.

To read more: http://rabble.ca/news/2010/07/jason-kenneys-disposable-workforce-temporary-foreign-labour

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SECRECY ABOUT ONTARIO SUPERCORP SHOULD END: CUPE

Premier Dalton McGuinty should make public the White Paper that recommends selling shares to a “SuperCorp” made up of the LCBO, Hydro One, Ontario Power Generation, and the OLG.

To read more: http://cupe.ca/privatization/stop-governing-secret-release-supercorp

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CANADIANS CRAVE FEDERAL ACTION ON STUDENT NUTRITION

85% of Canadians support federal-provincial cooperation “to provide universal access to healthy snacks and lunches for all school aged children across Canada.” This conclusion is among the findings of a representative poll of Canadians conducted by the opinion research firm Strategic Communications in April, 2010.  

To read more: http://www.foodshare.net/Foodpolicy08.htm

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MASSEY WORKERS FIGHT FOR THEIR RIGHTS

By Euan Gibb, The Bullet

Now that the G20 has left town, let’s get down to talking about the reality of maternal health in the City of Toronto. Workers at the Massey Centre for Women are entering their 11th week on a picket line. Throughout this strike, the 66 members of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1 Canada have proved themselves to be courageous, dedicated and clear-minded. They are also passionate advocates for the young women that they work with.

To read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/383.php

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JOURNAL ARTICLES

JOB REQUIREMENTS AND WORKERS’ LEARNING: FORMAL GAPS, INFORMAL CLOSURE, SYSTEMIC LIMITS
D. W. Livingstone  
Journal of Education and Work Pages 207 – 231. DOI: 10.1080/13639081003785732
http://bit.ly/dxmHEK

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IS THE THIRD SECTOR AN EMERGING ECONOMIC INSTITUTION? SOCIAL PREFERENCES VERSUS POVERTY TRAPS
Adalgiso Amendola, Maria Rosaria Garofalo, and Annamaria Nese
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly published 8 July 2010, 10.1177/0899764010371232
http://nvs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0899764010371232v1

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CONTESTED VISIONS OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY: CITIZENSHIP, PUBLIC HOUSING, AND THE INTERNATIONAL ARENA
Jo Ann Argersinger
Journal of Urban History published 8 July 2010, 10.1177/0096144210374315
http://juh.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0096144210374315v1

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WORK-BASED EDUCATION AND TRAINING IN CHINA
Zhenyi Guo and Stephen Lamb
book chapter: International Comparisons of China’s Technical and Vocational Education and Training System
http://www.springerlink.com/content/t83567x7t86v0588/

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OLD DOGS, NEW TRICKS: TRAINING MATURE-AGED MANUFACTURING WORKERS
Erica Smith, Andrew Smith, Chris Selby Smith
Journal of Workplace Learning Pages: 277-291
http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?articleid=1865094&show=abstract

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OUR MANDATE:

The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) brings together educators from university, union, and community settings to understand and enrich the often-undervalued informal and formal learning of working people. We develop research and teaching programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) that strengthen feminist, anti-racist, labour movement, and working-class perspectives on learning and work.

Our major project is APCOL: Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning. This five-year project (2009-2013), funded by SSHRC-CURA, brings academics and activists together in a collaborative effort to evaluate how organizations approach issues and campaigns and use popular education.

For more information about CSEW, visit: http://www.csew.ca

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Books

ENDNOTES 2

Endnotes 2 is now available in print and online from: http://endnotes.org.uk

Contents:

• Crisis in the Class Relation
• Misery and Debt
• Notes on the New Housing Question
• Communisation and Value-Form Theory
• The Moving Contradiction
• The History of Subsumption
• Sleep-Worker’s Enquiry

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Capitalist Crisis

CRISIS OF CAPITALISM

Rethinking Marxism: A journal of economics, culture & society

Vol. 22 No. 2
APRIL 2010

http://www.rethinkingmarxism.org

IN THIS ISSUE:

Editors’ Introduction (Full Text)

SYMPOSIUM: CRISIS OF CAPITALISM

The Economic Crisis: A Marxian Interpretation – Stephen Resnick & Richard Wolff
Like most capitalist crises, today’s challenges economists, journalists, and politicians to explain and to overcome it. The post-1930s struggles between neoclassical and Keynesian economics are rejoined. We show that both proved inadequate to preventing crises and served rather to enable and justify (as “solutions” for crises) what were merely oscillations between two forms of capitalism differentiated according to greater or lesser state economic interventions. Our Marxian economic analysis here proceeds differently. We demonstrate how concrete aspects of U.S. economic history (especially real wage, productivity, and personal indebtedness trends) culminated in this deep and enduring crisis. We offer both a class-based critique of and an alternative to neoclassical and Keynesian analyses, including an alternative solution to capitalist crises.

What’s in It for Us? Rethinking the Financial Crisis – Randy Martin
In the aftermath of the financial meltdown, much attention has been given to capital’s crisis. For labor, the crisis augurs more than loss of home, job, or further deterioration of social infrastructure. The evident failure of financial knowledge has wider implications for the purported sovereignty of the professional managerial class in what has been called a knowledge society. Knowledge production has been subordinated to capital yet yielded no mastery of its conditions. Rather, the mutual indebtedness that is a feature of the crisis references an underlying socialization of risk and the work that goes into making it that should properly be the basis for a re-enchantment of socialism.

The Bull-of-Last-Resort: How the U.S. Economy Capitalizes on Nationalism – David Brennan
The dramatic purchase of corporate equities by the U.S. government in 2008 marks a distinct change in the way crises are handled. While many fear that this represents a move toward socialism, others look forward to the progressive possibilities. This paper argues that the policy of massively purchasing stocks is an attempt to provide support for equity values when no other bull could be found. This policy was used because high share values provide important class conditions of existence for capitalist exploitation today. As a consequence, the move to “nationalize” is viewed here as an attempt to protect the capitalist status quo. In this regard, the goals of current government policy are no different from past interventions.

The Green Economy: Grounds for a New Revolutionary Imaginary? – Boone Shear
In this essay I report on and briefly consider the composition, goals, and practices of some social actors in the green economy movement in Massachusetts, where I live. While cognizant of elite interests and state power that are working to shore up capitalist relations of production, I choose to amplify some of the openings and possibilities for intervention and transformation in the green economy rather than focusing on critique or (the very real) possibilities of cooptation and complicity. In doing so I hope to underscore the importance of the following questions: What new discursive formations are emerging from green economic imaginings? How are discourses constructed and contested and what new subjects are being produced in relation to a green social imaginary? Under what conditions are non-capitalist desires being created? What are the possibilities for a new left historical bloc?

2008: A New Chapter for U.S. Imperialism – Antonio Callari
This essay argues that the current economic crisis normalizes a transformation of the U.S. imperialist structure of surplus “accumulation.” Whereas the prior form of imperialism worked to create the conditions for surplus value production within the United States, the new imperialism works to channel globally produced surplus back to it. And whereas the prior form of imperialism was characterized by relatively high labor-power values in the United States, the new imperialism is characterized by a lowering of the value of labor power. The current economic crisis works to normalize this lowering of the value of labor power in the United States. It is this lowering of the value of labor power that sets the conditions for class struggle over the foreseeable future and thus the terms for Marxian theoretical and political work.

Mortgage Stakeholders, 2008 – Damon Rich & Larissa Harris
Red Lines Housing Crisis Learning Center is an exhibition developed between 2006 and 2008 at MIT’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies by artist and designer Damon Rich. An idiosyncratic history of American home finance realized in outsized objects, models, photographs, found artifacts, text, and video documents, the exhibition opened at MIT in September 2008 in the midst of the global crisis spurred by some of its subject matter, and travelled to the Queens Museum of Art in Spring 2009. As in his work with the education non-profit Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), which he founded in 1997, Rich,who was trained as an architect and works as an urban designer, asked a question about the built environment–in this case, how is it paid for?–in order to tell a story about race, class, private capital, and public power in the United States.

Betting the House – Anette Baldauf
Since spring 2008, an unprecedented housing crisis has left the front yards of U.S. single-family homes littered with “For Sale” signs, foreclosure notices, and dead flowers. The crisis has emptied out entire neighborhoods in Florida, California, Arizona, and Nevada, destroying years of sustained community building. What is happening in the United States of America? How is it that mostly ethnic minorities and women are stripped of their minimal savings, and why is such a vast rip-off possible? If so many Americans are now dispossessed, relocated to shantytowns, or worse, dumped onto the street, why aren’t they marching on Wall Street? And, finally, are Marxist theorists able to make sense of this tragedy?

As the World Turns: Globalization, Consumption, and the Feminization of Work – Drucilla K. Barker and Susan F. Feiner
It is widely argued that global imbalances are the cause of the financial crisis. Political imbalance (the United States as dominant world force) mirrors economic imbalance (the debt-financed consumption sprees of the past three decades). There is, however, a missing (third) term—gender, which is constitutive of the economy both discursively and materially. Gender, in this sense, is a governing code that feminizes women as well as economically, racially, and culturally marginalized men. The feminization of labor made the consumption patterns of the elite possible and naturalized the type of hegemonic masculinity that characterized the international finance system.

Collaborators in Crisis – Harriet Fraad
This article explores the roots of U.S. passivity as the recent economic crisis loots American lives. It looks at four collaborators in this crisis. One is the recent capitalist economic breakdown. A second is the end of traditional gender roles and marriage. A third is the fall in participation in collectives of almost all kinds. The fourth is the anesthetizing of Americans with psychotropic drugs. I also explore ways to reactivate Americans.

Tragedy and Farce in the Second Great Depression: A Marxian Look at the Panic of 2008 and its Aftermath – Asatar Bair

Capitalism in Crisis

In this essay I recount some of the farcical things that were said about the economic prospects of the United States at the end of the great housing boom and the peak of the stock market in 2007; then I turn to a discussion of the causes of the Panic of 2008, examining the relation between productive and unproductive labor in the economy. I discuss the explanations according to which the Panic and subsequent Second Great Depression are blamed on neoliberal ideology. I critically examine the call for a Keynesian solution of government regulation and stimulus, counterposing it to a Marxian strategy of class transformation.

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE:

Beyond Equality
David M. Bholat
My paper explores the character of Marx’s critique of equality as an ideal and the salience this critique has for progressives today. I suggest a reading of Marx different from the standard Marxist critique of liberalism as an emancipatory but unrealized set of ideals whose primary function in capitalist society is to conceal its conditions of inequality and unfreedom. Rather, I argue that Marx gestures at the limitations of liberal ideals, and shows why they are logically compatible with capital. This means that progressives are tasked with transcending, rather than merely appropriating, ideals such as freedom and equality.

REMARX

Task of the Dreamer
Marc Kaminsky
The incidents in this short story are refracted through the shattered sensorium of a traumatized but ethically intact survivor of the Holocaust. His narrative kaleidoscopically reconfigures horror and everyday life, nightmare and history, the gates of a Jewish ghetto in Nazi-occupied Poland and a checkpoint at the border between Israel and Palestine during the First Intifada. His act of witness defends the specificity of the human being, the other, in the face of the reasons of state and the abstractions of ideology.

REVIEW

Marx is Back: The Marx-Engels-Gesamtausgabe (MEGA) Project
Marcello Musto
After years of neglect, a definitive edition of Marx’s collected works is once more under way. Included are not only the published works of Marx and Engels, but all known correspondence and numerous notebooks of excerpts that are foundational for understanding the development of Marx’s thought. As a result of this project, a different and less dogmatic Marx emerges.

http://www.rethinkingmarxism.org

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