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Karl Marx

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BEYOND MARX

Confronting Labour-History and the Concept of Labour with the Global Labour-Relations of the Twenty-First Century

Edited by Marcel van der Linden, International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Karl Heinz Roth in collaboration with Max Henninger

Capitalism has proven much more resilient than Marx anticipated, and the working class has, until now, hardly lived up to his hopes.
The Marxian concept of class rests on exclusion. Only the ‘pure’ doubly-free wage-workers are able to create value; from a strategic perspective, all other parts of the world’s working populations are secondary. But global labour history suggests that slaves and other unfree workers are an essential component of the capitalist economy.
What might a critique of the political economy of labour look like that critically reviews the experiences of the past five hundred years while moving beyond Eurocentrism? In this volume twenty-two authors offer their thoughts on this question, both from a historical and theoretical perspective.

Contributors include: Riccardo Bellofiore, Sergio Bologna, C. George Caffentzis, Silvia Federici, Niklas Frykman, Ferruccio Gambino, Detlef Hartmann, Max Henninger, Thomas Kuczynski, Marcel van der Linden, Peter Linebaugh, Ahlrich Meyer, Maria Mies, Jean-Louis Prat, Marcus Rediker, Karl Heinz Roth, Devi Sacchetto, Subir Sinha, Massimiliano Tomba, Carlo Vercellone, Peter Way, Steve Wright.

http://www.brill.com/beyond-marx

 

First published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/new-from-the-hm-book-series-beyond-marx

 

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Hydra

Hydra

THE MANY HEADED HYDRA / VILLAINS OF ALL NATIONS

NEW TITLES FROM VERSO:

THE MANY HEADED HYDRA: THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF THE REVOLUTIONARY ATLANTIC

By Peter Linebaugh and Marcus Rediker

AND

VILLAINS OF ALL NATIONS: ATLANTIC PIRATES IN THE GOLDEN AGE

By Marcus Rediker

Published: January 2013

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THE MANY HEADED HYDRA: THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF THE REVOLUTIONARY ATLANTIC

Long before the American Revolution and the Declaration of the Rights of Man, a motley crew of sailors, slaves, pirates, laborers, market women, and indentured servants had ideas about freedom and equality that would for ever change history.

Distinguished historians Peter Linebaugh and Marcus Rediker reveal the lost stories of the dispossessed and their role in shaping the modern world. From a history littered with Kings, Queens and conquest, the authors offer an account from the bottom up, asking, as Brecht had in his poem A WORKER READS HISTORY – “by whose hands and misery were empires built?”

Linebaugh and Rediker navigate the dreams of the downtrodden, whose rebellions across Europe, the Caribbean, Africa and North America are described in rich detail from initial spark to brutal repression. They look to a time that proposed a radical alternative to the development of globalized capitalism.

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Praise for THE MANY HEADED HYDRA

“A landmark in the development of an Atlantic perspective on early American history. Ranging from Europe to Africa to the Caribbean and North America, it makes us think in new ways about the role of working people in the making of the modern world.” – Eric Foner

“This is a marvelous book. Linebaugh and Rediker have done an extraordinary job of research into buried episodes and forgotten writings to recapture, with eloquence and literary flair, the lost history of resistance to capitalist conquest on both sides of the Atlantic.” – Howard Zinn

“More than just a vivid illustration of the gains involved in thinking beyond the boundaries between nation-states. Here, in incendiary form, are essential elements for a people’s history of our dynamic, transcultural present.” – Paul Gilroy, author of THE BLACK ATLANTIC

“THE MANY-HEADED HYDRA is a wonderful book. Its passion and commitment encourages its readers to think associatively, to make progressive connections” – Sukhdev Sandhu, GUARDIAN

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VILLAINS OF ALL NATIONS; ATLANTIC PIRATES IN THE GOLDEN AGE

Pirates have long been stock figures in popular culture, from Treasure Island to the more recent antics of Jack Sparrow. VILLAINS OF ALL NATIONS unearths the thrilling historical truth behind such fictional characters and rediscovers their radical democratic challenge to the established powers of the day.

Concentrating on the years 1716-26, Rediker paints, in bold colors, a picture of a loose-knit band of rebels united under the dreaded Jolly Roger against oppressive treatment at the hands of naval and merchant captains alike. The black flag symbolized an anti-nation, a brutal but egalitarian society where decisions were taken democratically, booty shared and outcasts of all races and both sexes were treated equally – provided of course they could stand the tough and often very short life of a sea dog.

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Praise for VILLAINS OF ALL NATIONS

“Rediker’s brilliant study illuminates every aspect of life on the high seas.”– NEW STATESMAN

“Marcus Rediker’s social and cultural history of the “golden age” of Atlantic piracy in the early 18th century dispels some of the romanticised myths and makes claims for a proto-democratic, egalitarian and multi-ethnic society.” – FINANCIAL TIMES

“Rediker’s work on piracy … has revolutionised not only the way we see pirates, but also the way we understand the history of political institutions in the West. This is his fullest account to date of the democratic, egalitarian, multi-racial and utterly ruthless pirate communities of the early 18th century.”– LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS

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Peter Linebaugh is Professor of History at the University of Toledo. He writes extensively on British history, Irish history, labor history and the history of the colonial Atlantic. His books include THE MAGNA CARTA MANIFESTO, THE MANY-HEADED HYDRA and THE LONDON HANGED, and he contributes frequently to COUNTERPUNCH.

Marcus Rediker is Distinguished Professor of Atlantic History at the University of Pittsburgh and author of THE SLAVE SHIP: A HUMAN HISTORY and VILLAINS OF ALL NATIONS: ATLANTIC PIRATES IN THE GOLDEN AGE.

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THE MANY HEADED HYDRA:

ISBN: 9781844678652 / £14.99 / PAPERBACK / 448 pages

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VILLAINS OF ALL NATIONS:

ISBN: 9781844672813 / £12.99 / PAPERBACK / 240 pages

For more information about VILLAINS OF ALL NATIONS or to buy the book visit:

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Hydra

THE MANY HEADED HYDRA 10 YEARS ON

Peter Linebaugh and Marcus Rediker’s The Many Headed Hydra (2000) argued that during the colonial and commercial expansion in the Atlantic Ocean between c. 1640 and 1830 a revolutionary proletariat emerged. Waves of commodification in the Atlantic system – of land, goods and people – created a mobile, multi-ethnic workforce. Authorities attempted to control them, only to provoke new forms of resistance. Atlantic proletarians played their own distinct part in the Age of Revolutions and the abolition of slavery; they created their own forms of equality and freedom. A decade after the publication of that highly suggestive study, how does the thesis stand up?

At this conference to be held at Birkbeck, University of London in Thursday 12 April 2012, we will hope to explore the book’s central themes in the light of new research, as well as taking it into new areas. The book concentrated on the English-speaking Atlantic and we would particularly encourage papers dealing with the non-English Atlantic or similar developments in the Mediterranean, Indian Ocean and Pacific. We would hope papers pay attention to the intersections between class, gender and race. All sub-disciplinary perspectives – economic, social, cultural, political – are welcome.

Themes for papers could include:

·         The politics and ideology of the proletariat: abolitionism, revolutions and revolts, popular egalitarianism and democracy, radical religion.
·         Types of work and workers; changing work processes; migration and labour markets; industrial relations; work cultures.
·         Sites of struggle: the commons, the plantation, ships, factories. How did they structure workers’ experiences? Are particular types of resistance associated with them? Were there others?
·         Material and economic pathways: the role of oceanic trade routes, commodities, natural resources, technologies etc
·         Role of institutions (e.g. trading companies, guilds), States and Empires in creating and regulating the workforce; criminal justice and law; army and naval recruitment; taxation.
·         Comparative perspectives between different Atlantic Empires or with the Mediterranean, Indian and Pacific Oceans.
·         Long-term perspectives; sources & methodology; theory.

 
Call for papers deadline: January 1st 2012
Email: manyheadedhydra.2012@gmail.com

Organisers:

William Farrell, Schoolof History, Birkbeck, Universityof London: Email: wjb.farrell@gmail.com

Stephen Duane Dean Jr, Department of History, Kings College London: Email: stephen.d.dean@gmail.com

 

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Luddites

THE LUDDITES

Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities

The Luddites, without Condescension – A Conference on the 200th Anniversary of the Frame-breakers’ Uprising

Friday 6th May  10am – 6pm  Room B34  Birkbeck Main Building
This event is free and open to all

In the Spring of 2011 Birkbeck will host a one-day conference to mark the 200th anniversary of the uprising of the handloom weavers in the dawn of the industrial revolution under the command of the mythic General Ludd. Even though the movement was sparked by skilled artisans, “luddite” has ever since been a byword for technophobes facing backwards and mindless rejection of progress. The conference will gather historians of luddism and others interested in what in 1800 was called “the machinery question”, to consider not only the historical luddites, urban and rural, but also contemporary movements of direct resistance, north and south, to capitalist modernization – for example, anti-nuclear movements, opposition to agricultural transgenics, resistance to big dams. The concluding session will address the issue of modernity itself, its model of temporality and the assumption that history is future-directed.

Speakers: Amita Baviskar, Iain Boal, T.J. Clark, Peter Linebaugh

More information:
Julia Eisner
Administrator
Institute for the Humanities (BIH)
Institute for Social Research (BISR)
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX
T:  (0) 20 7631 6612
E:  j.eisner@bbk.ac.uk

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It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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SPARKING A WORLDWIDE ENERGY REVOLUTION

Announcing a new book:

Sparking A Worldwide Energy Revolution: Social Struggles in the Transition to a Post-petrol World

Edited by Kolya Abramsky, Published by AK Press

“A vital anthology for anyone who wants to understand both the roots of the energy crisis, and the flourishing radical resistance that offers a sustainable future beyond capitalism.”—Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved

“Gas flaring in Nigeria, wind farms in Schleswig-Holstein, mountain top removal in Appalachia, tar sands in Alberta, geothermal energy in Iceland, the toxic cycle of uranium, the slaughter in the coal-mines of China, the transgenic soya monocultures, the ‘caliph’ of oil in Iraq, jatropha production in Tanzania, exploration in the Tehuantepec winds: every power under the sun is here except horse-power, and everywhere on earth—China, Europe, North America, the Mideast, Africa, India, and Latin America. Kolya Abramsky has composed, a symphonic compendium of five sections, fourteen parts, sixty chapters by forty-six individual authors and eighteen organizational authors in nearly seven hundred pages all arranged with intelligence and point. There are no technofixes. Neither ‘clean’ energy nor ‘green’ capitalism will preserve our lands, rivers, oceans, health, and lives. Neither governments nor corporations nor ‘the market’ can bring us out of the nether world they themselves have created. Mother Earth calls to the grass-roots for entirely new social relations, human and less hellish. This sober and serious book heeds that call.”—Peter Linebaugh, author of The Magna Carta Manifesto: Liberties and Commons for All

“Sparking A Worldwide Energy Revolution” is a major contribution to the movement working for a transition from carbon capitalism to an ecologically sound energy system. Its sixty chapters document the present energy crisis, describe alternative technologies, and introduces us to the people who worldwide are fighting for a healthy planet and the recreation of the earth’s commons. Rich in detail and written by activists and scholars who have taken part in the struggles, Sparking is an indispensable volume for the just energy transition movement. It will be referred to for years to come.”—Sylvia Federici, author of Caliban and the Witch

As the world’s energy system faces a period of unprecedented change, a global struggle over who controls the sector, and for what purposes, is intensifying. The question of “green capitalism” is now unavoidable, for capitalist planners and anti-capitalist struggles alike. From all sides we hear that it’s time to save the planet in order to save the economy, but in reality what lies before us is the next round of global class struggle with energy at the center, as the key means of production and subsistence.

There are no easy answers in this battle for control of the world’s energy system. Sparking A Worldwide Energy Revolution is not a book of sound bites. It unpacks the seemingly innocent terms “energy sector” and “energy system” by situating the current energy crisis, peak oil, and the transition to a post-petrol future within a historical understanding of the global, social, economic, political, financial, military, and ecological relations of which energy and technology are parts. The authors probe the systemic relationships between energy production and consumption and the worldwide division of labor on which capitalism itself is based, its conflicts and hierarchies, its crisis and class struggles.

With over fifty chapters written by contributors from approximately twenty countries, Sparking A Worldwide Energy Revolution forms a collective map of the most dynamic struggles within the energy sector.

Kolya Abramsky is a former visiting fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Science, Technology and Society, in Graz, Austria, where he received the Manfred-Heindler Award for Energy and Climate Change Research, and in 2006 was coordinator of the Danish-based World Wind Energy Institute, an international effort in non-commercial renewable energy education, involving different renewable energy centers from around the world.

This title is now available at: http://www.akpress.org/2009/items/sparkingaworldwideenergyrevolution

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2001RESISTING THE CAPITALIST PRODUCTION OF SPACE

http://boiteaoutils.blogspot.com/2009/11/resisting-capitalist-production-of.html
Resisting the Capitalist Production of Space is a ten days conference organized in Brooklyn by Oppositional Architecture proposing discussions between sociologists, architects, geographers, historians, economists about resisting the systematic embodiment of capitalism in urban spaces.

Here is the program:

Ten Days for Oppositional Architecture Towards Post-Capitalist Spaces

Location: Gair Building No 6, 81 Front Street , Brooklyn NY 11201 / York stop on the F Train

Wednesday, November 11 // 6 pm
Opening Reception

Thursday, November 12 // 7 pm
The Decommodification of Housing
Discussion with James deFilippis, geographer, Rutgers University, New Brunswick · Esther Wang and Helena Wong of CAAAV, Organizing Asian Communities, New York

Friday, November 13 // 7 pm
Bar + programming by Lize Mogel and Alexis Baghat, An Atlas of Radical Cartography*

Saturday, November 14 // 7 pm
The Real Estate Crisis, Private Property and the Prospects of Planning
Discussion with David Kotz, economist, University of Massachusetts Amherst · Teddy Cruz, architect, San Diego

Sunday, November 15 // 7 pm
Bar + programming by tba*

Monday, November 16 // 7 pm
On the Commons: Taking versus Granting Rights
Discussion with Peter Linebaugh, historian, University of Toledo · Brett Bloom of Midwest Radical Culture Corridor, Urbana · Rob Robinson of Picture the Homeless, New York

Tuesday, November 17 // 7 pm
Bar + programming by common room*

Wednesday, November 18 // 7 pm
Territory as a Means of Struggle
Discussion with Veronica Dorsey of United Workers, Baltimore · Neil Smith, geographer, City University New York

Thursday, November 19 // 7 pm
Bar + programming by Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi of SLO architecture

BELOW HIGH-WATER MARK
An evening of film footage and musical improvisation exploring hidden connections along the water ways of New York City. Musical Improvisation by Joe Warner

Friday, November 20 // 7 pm
Reclaiming Capitalist Spaces
Discussion with Janelle Cornwell and Julie Graham, geographers, University of Massachusetts Amherst · Max Rameau of Take Back the Land, Miami

Saturday, November 21 // 12 pm
Towards Post-Capitalist Spaces
Lecture by David Harvey, geographer, City University New York, 12 pm
Workshops with special guests*, 2 – 6 pm
Final presentation and discussion, 7 pm
Party, 10 pm

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The Invisibility of the Commons


A talk by Peter Linebaugh


Organised by the Xenos Research Group, Department of Sociology, and the Department of Anthropology, Goldsmiths College, London

 

5.00pm – 7.00pm, Tuesday, 11 November 2008
Lecture Theatre, Ben Pimlott Building
Goldsmiths, University of London,
Lewisham Way, London SE14 6NW

 

If you wish to attend please contact Alberto Toscano: xenos@gold.ac.uk


Peter Linebaugh is Professor of History at the University of Toledo.
He is the author of
The London Hanged: Crime and Civil Society in the
Eighteenth Century
and coauthor (with Marcus Rediker) of Many-Headed Hydra: The Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic.


From reviews of The Magna Carta Manifesto (2008):

“This is an original, powerful and ground breaking book. It is utterly fascinating and charts a path that gives me, and will give others,
hope for a better future. Linebaugh sends an important message to a world that increasingly believes that private ownership of our resources can make us more prosperous. As we struggle to regain lost liberty The Magna Carta Manifesto makes us understand that freedom is about guaranteeing the economic and social rights that allow all of us to partake of political freedom.” — Michael Ratner, President of the Center for Constitutional Rights.

“Ideas can be beautiful too, and the ideas Peter Linebaugh provokes and maps in this history of liberty are dazzling, reminders of what we
have been and who we could be. In this remarkable small book, he traces one path of liberty back to the forests and the economic independence they represented for medieval Britons, another path to recent revolutionaries, another to the Bush Administration’s assaults on habeas corpus, the Constitution, and liberty and he links the human rights charter that Magna Carta represented to the less-known Forest Charter, drawing a missing link between ecological and social well-being.” — Rebecca Solnit, author of Storming the Gates of Paradise


“There is not a more important historian living today. Period.” —
Robin D.G. Kelley, author of
Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination


“Ranging across the centuries, and from England to Asia, Africa and the Americas, Peter Linebaugh shows us the contested history of Magna Carta — how the liberties it invoked were secured and (as today) violated, and how generations of ordinary men and women tried to revive the idea of the commons in the hope of building a better world.”–Eric Foner, author of The Story of American Freedom


Alberto Toscano
Department of Sociology
Goldsmiths
University of London
New Cross
SE14 6NW
United Kingdom

 

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