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Negative CapitalismNEGATIVE CAPITALISM:  CYNICISM IN THE NEOLIBERAL ERA

With J.D Taylor (author of the book) and Mark Fisher

Wednesday 11th September, 7.00pm

Housmans Bookshop

5 Caledonian Road

King’s Cross

London, N1 9DX

Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase, unless otherwise stated

http://www.housmans.com

 

Negative Capitalism: Cynicism in the Neoliberal Era (Zer0 Books, 2013)

Negative Capitalism: Cynicism in the Neoliberal Era offers a new conceptual framework for understanding the current economic crisis. Through a ranging series of analyses and perspectives, it argues that cynicism has become culturally embedded in the UK and US as an effect of disempowerment by neoliberal capitalism. Yet despite the deprivation and collapse of key social infrastructure like representative democracy, welfare, workers’ rights and equal access to resources, there has so far been no collective, effective and sustained overthrow of capitalism. Why is this? The book’s central call is for new strategies that unravel this narcissistic cynicism, embracing social democracy, constitutional rights, mass bankruptcies and animate sabotage. Kafka, Foucault, Ballard and de Sade are clashed with the X-Factor, ruinporn, London, and the artwork of Laura Oldfield Ford. Negative Capitalism’s polemic is written to incite responses against the cynical malaise of the neoliberal era. (From the publisher, see more at: http://www.zero-books.net/books/negative-capitalism)

 

Mark Fisher is author of Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? (Zer0 Books, 2009)

 

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Imperialism

IN THE CROSSFIRE: ADVENTURES OF A VIETNAMESE REVOLUTIONARY

This is to invite you to a
BOOK LAUNCH/TALK

In The Crossfire: Adventures of a Vietnamese Revolutionary

By Ngo Van

Wednesday 8 June, 7.0pm

Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, London, N1 9DX (2 mins walk from Kings Cross station)

Cost: £3, redeemable against any purchase

Ngo Van joined the struggle against the French colonial regime in Vietnam as a teenager in the 1920s, suffering imprisonment and hardship. But when revolution swept Vietnam at the end of the Second World War, the Stalinists of the Vietnamese Communist Party took control and tried physically to eliminate other socialists and anti-colonialists. Van escaped this massacre, in which many of his comrades were murdered. From 1948 he lived in exile in Paris, where he took a factory job and participated in workers’ movements before, during and after the 1968 general strike.

Van, who died in 2005, wrote extensively about Vietnamese worker and peasant resistance, both to French colonialism and to Ho Chi Minh’s brand of Stalinism, helping to hand that history on to later generations.

In The Crossfire, published by AK Press, is the English edition of Ngo Van’s autobiography. Hilary Horrocks, one of the book’s translators, will talk about this unique eye-witness account of a little-known aspect of the anti-colonial struggle, and read from Van’s vivid story of secret meetings, arrests, torture, battles and insurrection. Simon Pirani, who researched the history of Vietnamese Trotskyism and edited some of Van’s earlier English-language publications, will also speak. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion from all.

Enquiries 07947 031268, Housmans 020 7837 4473, shop@housmans.com

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Peace

PEACE EDUCATION: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

Call for Papers for a special issue of the Journal of Peace Education

“Peace Education:  Past, Present, & Future”

Editor:  B. Jeannie Lum

Objectives of the Special Issue:

Peace Education is currently a burgeoning field of scholarship and research that continually experiences challenges to its legitimation and participation in more traditional and conventional approaches to education.   Today, it receives increasing recognition by educators and the public in response to growing societal interests in globalization and local forms of school violence.

“Peace” is a guiding concept and principle that motivates current educational movements to redirect cultures of war into cultures of peace and transform their school cultures into constructive learning communities.  Peace education has worked in repairing the physical, psychological, and social fabric of human lives and societies impacted by natural disasters, war, violence, and human struggle throughout highly developed and underdeveloped countries. It addresses all life stages of human development and growth that lead to sustainable peace education practices within formal institutional and informal settings.  This special edition will examine the field of peace education, its past, present, and projected future.

This call for papers invites submissions that take an overview of the field of peace education, its emergence and gradual formation from the past, the current state of the field and possible visions for the future. It encourages submissions that utilize multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary methodological approaches to study and research.  It accepts works that examines the conceptual foundations of peace education and accounts for the relationship of theory to practice/praxis within a variety of traditional, modern, and post-modern philosophical frameworks.  It seeks papers that review historical trends and/or analyze specified areas of peace education, e.g. environmental ecology, varieties of conflict resolution and mediation, non-traditional school practices, philosophical concepts, historical and current figures, educational movements, multicultural communities, local to global transitions, national/internatio nal and comparative education, educational programs in various regions around the world, impact and effectiveness of NGO activities and global institutions, indigenous education,  etc.  Importantly, it looks for overviews and discussions in peace education about context based schooling practices – curriculum, discipline, classroom management, assessment & evaluation, educational policy and accounts regarding any members involved in schooling.   Importantly, it seeks works that venture to understand how peace education might be distinguished as a field of scholarship and research from other educational traditions.

Notes for Prospective Authors:

Expressions of interest including a 1,000 word should be sent to the Editor by: November 15th, 2010

Please contact Jeannie Lum (jlum@hawaii. edu), if you have inquiries regarding your topic prior to submitting your proposal.  

If selected, submissions should be between 5,000 – 9,000 words and follow the journal’s style requirements. Details can be found at http://www.tandf. co.uk/journals/ journal.asp? issn=1740- 0201&linktype=44

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David Cameron

‘THE MEANING OF DAVID CAMERON’ – WITH RICHARD SEYMOUR

Wednesday, 26 May 2010
Time: 19:00 – 21:00
Location: Housmans Bookshop
Street: 5 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross
Town/City: London, United Kingdom

Description:
Richard Seymour, blogger of ‘Lenin’s Tomb’ fame, and author of ‘The Liberal Defence of Murder’ will be in store discussing his latest publication, ‘The Meaning of David Cameron’.

The Tories are posing as a ‘progressive’ and ‘radical’ alternative to New Labour. Drawing from George W Bush’s ‘compassionate conservatism’, they maintain that the ‘Big Society’ can do what ‘Big Government’ cannot – produce a cohesive, mutually supportive, happy society. Cameron’s court intellectual, Philip Blond, maintains that this if David Cameron’, which is a viable alternative to the failures of the egalitarian left and the excessively pro-market right. But is this more than campaign mood music? And are the conservative traditions that they draw on – from the bucolic, pseudo-medievalism of G K Chesterton to the anti-statism of Friedrich Hayek – really a bulwark of progress and radicalism?

Richard Seymour argues that such ideas can only seem ‘progressive’ in light of New Labour’s acquiescence to Thatcherism. To understand the Cameronites, it is necessary to understand how the social landscape and corresponding political language was transformed by the collapse of post-war social democracy and its more radical competitors. To resist the Cameronites, he argues, it is necessary to attack the neoliberal consensus on which all major parties found their programme.

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Autonomia

THE HIGH TIDE OF WORKERS’ AUTONOMY: THE WORKERS COMMITTEE OF MAGNETI MARELLI, MILAN, 1975-78

 Saturday 1st May, 5pm

‘The Red Guard Tells its Story’ is a recently published book about the workers’ struggles in Italy in the 1970s.  As of yet, it is only available in French and Italian. However, a member of the ‘Mouvement Communiste’ who worked on the French translation of the book is travelling to London to bring the message of this book to a British audience. The event will involve a discussion of what is important about the struggles of that time and what we can learn from them in relation to workers’ struggles today.

Housmans
http://www.housmans.com

5 Caledonian Road
King’s Cross
London N1 9DX
t: 020 7837 4473
e: shop@housmans.com

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London

LONDON MEETINGS: CRITIQUE, HOUSMANS, COMMUNE, RADICAL ANTHROPOLOGY GROUP

Critique Seminar

Saturday 27 February, 12-5pm. London School of Economics, Columbia House, 2nd Floor/B212. Corner of Aldwych and Houghton Street, Holborn tube.

Mick Cox on The Decline of US Political Economic Dominance

Hillel Ticktin on The Nature of the Global Crisis- Cyclical, Strategic and Systemic

Some articles from Critique, a Journal of Socialist Theory are available at libcom.org:
Political Consciousness and its Conditions at the Present Time by Hillel Ticktin
Capitalist Instability and the Current Crisis by Hillel Ticktin
Decline as a Concept by Hillel Ticktin
Disintegrating Stalinism by Hillel Ticktin
Marx’s Theory of Crisis by David Kennedy
The Abolition of Labour in Marx’s Teaching by Uri Zilbersheid

Other relevant articles at libcom.org include:
A review of Origins of the crisis in the USSR by Hillel Ticktin
The Leopard in the 20th Century by William Dixon

A video of the debate between Hillel Ticktin, William Dixon and Chris Knight on ‘The (Im)possibility of Revolution’ is available on youtube

There will be a further Critique Conference in London later in the year. See  http://www.critiquejournal.net in a few weeks for more details.

THE COMMUNE hold regular interesting discussions London. See http://thecommune.wordpress.com/ for further events.

HOUSMANS BOOKSHOP holds regular meetings and book launches on a wide range of political issues at 5 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, London, N1  e.g:

Thurs 25th Feb – 7pm No Sweat Forum – Haiti Earthquake

Sat. 6th March – 5pm ‘Feminism Today’ with Nina Power and Lindsey German

Weds 24th March – 7pm ‘Women and Activism’ with Maya Evans and Tamsin Omond

See http://www.housmans.com/events.php for future events.

 

EVENING CLASS INTRODUCTION TO ANTHROPOLOGY

Tuesdays, 6.45-9pm St. Martin’s Community Centre, 43 Carol St., NW1 (2 mins from Camden tube).

It is now known that symbolic culture began emerging in Africa some 100,000 years ago, in a social revolution whose echoes can still be heard in mythic narratives and ritual traditions from around the world. This course is a general introduction to anthropology including the latest findings from palaeogenetics, evolutionary biology, primatology, rock art research and archaeology.

The course should also be enjoyable: there are good local pubs, and there is always time for discussion and socialising.

Feb 23 When two sisters got swallowed by the Rainbow Snake, Chris Knight
Mar 02 Native American mythology, Chris Knight
Mar 09 The Hunter Monmaneki and his Wives, Chris Knight
Mar 16 The Moon Inside You (film showing and discussion), Diana Fabionova
Mar 23 First gender, wrong sex, Camilla Power

These articles summarize some of the ideas explored at these meetings (they are available at cpgb.org.uk):

Solidarity and Sex: the first human revolution was led by women – Chris Knight

Stonehenge and the Neolithic counter-revolution – Lionel Sims

Sex and the human revolution – Chris Knight
 

For many more articles and future meetings see: www.radicalanthropologygroup.org

Many other events in London can be found at http://london.indymedia.org.uk/

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Money

Money

CHANGE IN PUTIN’S RUSSIA

 

You are invited to two events to mark the publication of my book:

CHANGE IN PUTIN’S RUSSIA: POWER, MONEY AND PEOPLE

Simon Pirani

Published this month by Pluto Press

On Thursday 3 December, at 6.30-8.30 pm, a BOOK LAUNCH will be held at the Calthorpe Arms, 252 Grays Inn Road, London WC1 (5 mins walk from Kings Cross, Russell Square and Chancery Lane tubes). All welcome!

On Wednesday 2 December, at 7.0 pm, I will give a talk about the book, followed by discussion, at Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, London N1 (2 mins walk from Kings Cross tube). (Note. This is the place to hear a talk: there won’t be one at the book launch!)

There is more information about the book here: http://www.powermoneyandpeople.com

And you can order it from Amazon here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Change-Putins-Russia-Power-People/dp/0745326900/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1256217505&sr=8-1

Please pass this on to others who might be interested.

Best wishes
Simon Pirani

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The Incident

The Incident

HOUSMANS

 

Housmans – a radical bookseller since 1945

I went to Housmans in Caledonian Road last Wednesday. It’s my favourite bookshop in London. The atmosphere more than anything else grabs me. Of course, I bought some books! I invested in Zones of Proletarian Development by Mastaneh Shah-Shuja (OpenMute, London, 2008) and the classic A Vindication of the Rights of Man by Mary Wollstonecraft.

If my readers come from outside of London and visit the capital, yes, you can visit the British Museum, the London Eye etc., but I would recommend a visit to Housmans too!

The web site for the bookshop is: http://www.housmans.com/

Wednesdays at Housmans: On Wednesdays at the bookshop there are free weekly talks and book signings. Check the website for details.

Housmans Bookshop & Stationers, 5 Caledonian Road, King’s Cross, London N1 9DX, tel: 0207 837 4473, email: shop@housmans.com 

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