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THE SPIRIT LEVEL: WHY EQUALITY IS BETTER FOR EVERYONE

27 June 2011

Conference Centre, British Library, Euston Road, London from 18.30–20.00
An event to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the British Sociological Association 

Comparing life expectancy, mental health, levels of violence, teenage birth rates, drug abuse, child wellbeing, obesity rates, levels of trust, the educational performance of school children, or the strength of community life among rich countries, it is clear that societies which tend to do well on one of these measures tend to do well on all of them, and the ones which do badly, do badly on all of them. What accounts for the difference?  

The key is the amount of inequality in each society. The more unequal a society is, the more ill health and social problems it has. Compelling new evidence which highlights the benefits of more equal societies was published in 2009 in the best-selling book The Spirit Level by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett. 

To promote public discussion and understanding of the issues, the British Sociological Association, working in partnership with the British Library, invites you to attend an evening with Richard Wilkinson, the co-author of The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone. Richard is co-director of The Equality Trust, which aims to gain public and political understanding of the consequences of widespread inequality and he will explore some of the ideas and themes covered in the book.  

Please join us for what promises to be a thought-provoking and inspiring event, as well as the opportunity to meet one of the authors of this groundbreaking book.  

Register now at: http://www.bl.uk/whatson/events/event122196.html.  Book early to avoid disappointment!

Price:  £7.50/£5.00 concessions.

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Bonuses for Some

THE POLITICS OF EQUALITY: AN INTRODUCTION

Now in print from Zed Books: The Politics of Equality – An Introduction, by Jason C. Myers
See: http://www.zedbooks.co.uk/book.asp?bookdetail=4389

Why are socialists, communists and social democrats concerned with the distribution of wealth? Why do they place so much importance on public goods such as education and health care? To what extent does democracy matter to socialist ideologies?

In The Politics of Equality, Jason C. Myers sheds new light on questions like this, providing a readable, contemporary introduction to egalitarian political philosophy. Concentrating on ideas and values rather than on the rise and fall of parties and movements, the book offers crucial insights into a vital tradition of political thought and how it is key to our understanding of contemporary debates from Obama’s plans for a national health care programme to the recent global wave of economic state regulation.

This is essential reading for anyone interested in constructing a more just society.

Jason C. Myers is Professor of Political Science at California State University, Stanislaus. He is the author of Indirect Rule in South Africa (University of Rochester Press), as well as numerous articles on ideology and political theory. 

Praise for The Politics of Equality

‘Myers’ Politics of Equality is a thoughtful, learned, simply-written attempt to revive a strain of political theory generally considered refuted by events: communism, socialism, social democracy, and related theories of social equality. It is, perhaps, time for such an attempt. No important political theory remains refuted for long–certainly not by events. Myers’ contributes to the revival of social-egalitarian theory in three ways: a) by making a strong case for the attractiveness of the ideal (a society of equal freedom); b) by suggesting reasonable means to approach that ideal; and c) perhaps most important, by pointing out how little the events of the la st hundred years actually count against either the ideal or the means he suggests. It’s a book that should enliven a discussion dead for too long, as good for the classroom as for circulation among thinking classes.’ – Michael Davis, Illinois Institute of Technology

‘Overuse has made it easy to forget the transformative, everyday makeup of concepts like “freedom” and “justice.” But the fabric of modern life (the 8 hour workday; vacations, public schools, sidewalks, safe food and water) is a legislated, created product, no less a result of human design than a building or a city. The Politics of Equality offers a readable entry into the history of egalitarian political theories invaluable for students of political science, economics, or anyone interested in how id eas are transformed into politics – and eventually, reality.’ – John Bowe, Author of Nobodies: Modern Slave Labor in America

‘Jason Myers’ The Politics of Equality is insightful, historically informed, and ideologically balanced, a commanding discourse on the theory and practice of democracy.’ – Michael Parenti, author of Contrary Notions and God and His Demons

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Socialism and Hope

THIS SPRING AT THE BRECHT FORUM

Dear Friends,

Spring is here and things are heating up at the Brecht Forum. On April 15th we are hosting the legendary activist Grace Lee Boggs for a book party celebrating “The Next American Revolution” along with Academy award nominated actress Ruby Dee. 

On May 20th, the Brecht Forum, Critical Resistance and the Mission and Social Justice Ministry of The Riverside Church welcomes Angela Y. Davis for a talk “The World We Need is The World We Want” hosted by GRIT TV’s Laura Flanders.

Also check out our classes in Spanish, Hubert Harrison,and a special seminar conducted by the 15th Street Manifesto Group.

Check out www.brechtforum.org for updates and as always, subscribers go to most events and classes for free. 

Thanks!

Kazembe Balagun 

Outreach Coordinator

Friday, April 15

7:30 pm

FORUM AND DISCUSSION

Co-Sponsor: The Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership

The Next American Revolution:

Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century

Grace Lee Boggs with Scott Kurashige Introduction by Ruby Dee

A world dominated by America and driven by cheap oil, easy credit, and conspicuous consumption is unraveling before our eyes. In this powerful,…

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Friday, April 22

7:00 pm

PERFORMANCE

Deadly She Wolf Assassin at Armageddon

& Momma’s Song

Fred Ho and Afro Asian Ensemble

Revolutionary composer and Afro-Asian creator-extraordinaire Fred Ho has created another innovative “first”: a double manga-cd project,…

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Thursday, May 5

7:30 pm- 9:30 pm

6-SESSION CLASS BEGINS

Hubert Harrison, Theodore W. Allen & the Continuing Centrality of the Fight Against White Supremacy

Jeffrey B. Perry with Others

This course will focus on Hubert H. Harrison (1883-1927) and Theodore W. Allen (1919-2005), two autodidactic, anti-white supremacist working class…

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Friday, May 20

7:00 pm

SPECIAL FUNDRAISER FOR CRITICAL RESISTANCE AND THE BRECHT FORUM (THIS EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE AT RIVERSIDE CHURCH 490 RIVERSIDE DRIVE AT 120TH STREET)

Co-Sponsor:Mission and Social Justice Ministry of Riverside Church, Brecht Forum and Critical Resistance Presents

Conversations Uptown

The World We Want is the World We Need

Angela Y. Davis, Ruthie Gilmore, Vijay Prashad Moderated by Laura Flanders

Some 40 years after uprisings at Attica and her own arrest, Angela Davis comes to Riverside Church in Harlem to build bridges around issues of social equality.

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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