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SPEECHES FROM THE LEFT FORUM 2012

Occupy the System: Confronting Global Capitalism

Pace University, March 16-18 2012

This is a fantastic collection of speeches from this year’s Left Forum. It constitutes a tremendous resource for socialists and progressive thinkers world-wide. Congratulations and thanks to Free Speech TV, MMN (who filmed the event) and Deepdish TV for the production of these videos — Glenn Rikowski

William Tabb – Opening Plenary, with an Introduction by Stanley Aronovitz: http://www.leftforum.org/content/william-tabb-left-forum-opening-plenary

Nnimmo Bassey, Friends of the Earth – Opening Plenary, with Stanley Aronowitz as Moderator: http://www.leftforum.org/content/nnimmo-bassey-left-forum-opening-plenary

RoseAnn DeMoro – Opening Plenary, with Stanley Aronowitz as Moderator: http://www.leftforum.org/content/roseann-demoro-left-forum-opening-plenary-0 

Marina Sitrin, the Occupy Movement, student, teacher and militant – Opening Plenary, with Stanley Aronowitz: http://www.leftforum.org/content/marina-sitrin-left-forum-opening-plenary

William Strickland – Opening Plenary, Moderated by Stanley Aronowitz: http://www.leftforum.org/content/william-strickland-left-forum-opening-plenary

Michael Moore, film-maker – Interview, Moderated by Richard D. Wolf: http://www.leftforum.org/content/michael-moore-left-forum-2012

Elaine Bernard – Closing Plenary, Moderated by Frances Fox Piven: http://www.leftforum.org/content/elaine-bernard-left-forum-closing-plenary-0

Arun Gupta – Occupy Wall Street journalist, Closing Plenary, Moderated by Frances Fox Piven: http://www.leftforum.org/content/arun-gupta-left-forum-closing-plenary

Christopher Hedges – Closing Plenary, Moderated by Frances Fox Piven: http://www.leftforum.org/content/christopher-hedges-left-forum-closing-plenary

John Holloway – Author of Crack Capitalism, Open Marxist, Closing Plenary, Moderated by Frances Fox Piven: http://www.leftforum.org/content/john-holloway-left-forum-closing-plenary

Esteban Nembhard – Hip-Hop, Politics and Protest (mp4 download): http://www.leftforum.org/content/esteban-nembhard-hip-hop-politics-and-protest

Nyaka Niilampti – Hip-Hop, Politics and Protest (mp4 download): http://www.leftforum.org/content/nyaka-niilampti-hip-hop-politics-and-protest

M1 – Hip-Hop, Politics and Protest (mp4 download): http://www.leftforum.org/content/m1-hip-hop-politics-and-protest

Steven A. Smith – Hip-Hop, Politics and Protest (mp4 download): http://www.leftforum.org/content/steven-smith-hip-hop-politics-and-protest

UMI – Hip-Hop, Politics and Protest (mp4 download): http://www.leftforum.org/content/umi-hip-hop-politics-and-protest

WILL VILL – Hip-Hop, Politics and Protest (mp4 download): http://www.leftforum.org/content/will-vill-hip-hop-politics-and-protest

Wally Shawn – Lunchtime Event, ‘Why I Call Myself a Socialist’, Moderated by Dao X. Tran: http://www.leftforum.org/content/sunday-lunchtime-event-wally-shawn

At the Forum – Michael Moore, Closing Segment: http://www.leftforum.org/content/michael-moore-closing-segment

On the Street – the march: http://www.leftforum.org/content/left-forum-2012-march-liberty-square-0

At Liberty Squarehttp://www.leftforum.org/content/liberty-square-0

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Capitalist Trickle Down Theory

THE RESTRUCTURING OF CAPITALISM IN OUR TIME – BY WILLIAM TABB

http://cup.columbia.edu/book/978-0-231-15842-8/the-restructuring-of-capitalism-in-our-time

The Restructuring of Capitalism in Our Time by William K. Tabb, Columbia University Press, 2012 (now available)

Actions taken by the United States and other countries during the Great Recession focused on restoring the viability of major financial institutions while guaranteeing debt and stimulating growth. Once the markets stabilized, the United States enacted regulatory reforms that ultimately left basic economic structures unchanged. At the same time, the political class pursued austerity measures to curb the growing national debt. Drawing on the economic theories of Keynes and Minsky and applying them to the modern evolution of American banking and finance, William K. Tabb offers a chilling prediction about future crises and the structural factors inhibiting true reform

Tabb follows the rise of banking practices and financial motives in America over the past thirty years and the simultaneous growth of a shadow industry of hedge funds, private equity firms, and financial innovations such as derivatives. He marks the shift from an American economy based primarily on the production of goods and nonfinancial services to one characterized by financialization, and then shows how these developments, perspectives, and approaches not only contributed to the recent financial crisis but also prevented the enactment of effective regulatory reform. He incisively analyzes the damage that increasing unsustainable debt and excessive risk-taking has done to our financial system and expands his critique to a discussion of world systems and globalization. Calling out the wilful blind spots of mainstream finance theory, Tabb moves beyond an economic model reliant on debt expansion and dangerous levels of leverage, proposing instead a social structure of accumulation that places economic justice over profit and, more practically, institutes an inclusive, sustainable model for growth.

William K. Tabb is professor emeritus of economics at Queens College and professor emeritus of economics, political science, and sociology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He has been a  visiting professor of economics at the University of California, Berkeley, and scholar in residence at Kansai University, Osaka, Japan. He is also the author of Economic Governance in the Age of  Globalization.

Praise for The Restructuring of Capitalism in Our Time

“An incisive analysis of the Great Financial Crisis of 2008, this book ranges over topics that transcend the narrow confines of traditional specialists, producing an overall analysis of the origins, development, and implications of financialization that will be discussed intently by scholars today and in years to come.”—Martin Wolfson, University of Notre Dame

“Of all the many books on the economic crisis, this is the best. William K. Tabb has absolute command of his subject and provides the clearest account yet of the financial folly that has brought the United States to its knees. Eminently readable and reasonable, his book cuts through the clouds of obfuscation by politicians and economists alike to draw a clear lesson: financialization is a cancer running through the American economy, one that continues to suck the life out of industry, corrupt capitalists, and Congress, generating more froth than real growth or jobs. A wonderful book and a real pleasure to read.”—Richard Walker, University of California, Berkeley, and author of The Capitalist Imperative: Territory, Technology, and Industrial Growth

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MAJOR OCCUPY ORGANIZERS TO KICK OFF LEFT FORUM 2012

Friday, March 16th 6:30 pm
Pace University’s Schimmel Theater
1Pace Plaza, New York

With:

Rose Anne DeMoro

Marina Sitrin

William Strickland

William Tabb

 

Left Forum 2012

Occupy the System: Confronting Global Capitalism

RoseAnne DeMoro is executive director of the National Nurses United, the nation’s largest union of nurses. DeMoro is also executive director of the California Nurses Association, which is well known for igniting the campaign that upended one of the world’s most famous celebrity politicians, Arnold Schwarzenegger, dropping his public approval from 70% to 35% in the polls. Under DeMoro’s stewardship, NNU and CNA is also renown as the leading national advocates of single payer/Medicare for all healthcare reform. Over the past year, NNU has led a national campaign calling for a tax on Wall Street also known as the Robin Hood tax and has supported the Occupy Wall Street movement with nurses first aid stations from New York to San Francisco.

Marina Sitrin has been active in occupy movements worldwide. She is the editor of Horizontalism: Voices of Popular Power inArgentina and author of Everyday Revolutions: Horizontalism and Autonomy inArgentina (forthcoming). She is a lawyer and postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Globalization and Social Change at the City University of New York. She is also a student, teacher, dreamer and militant. Her books touch upon issues of state practices of cooptation and repression in relation to social movement mobilizations to build autonomy and direct democracy.

William Strickland spent his early years of political activism working as the Executive Director of the Northern Student Movement, the northern analogue of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee; working for the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party; and working on theHarlem rent strikes in the 1960s. During this time, Strickland also worked with Malcolm X, whom he knew from his childhood days. A graduate of Boston Latin School, Harvard College, Harvard University, he currently is the Director of the Du Bois Papers Collection at W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he also teaches political science.

William Tabb is the author of The Restructuring of Capitalism in Our Time (Columbia University Press, 2012), Economic Governance in the Age of Globalization (Columbia University Press, 2004), and The Amoral Elephant: Globalization and the Struggle for Social Justice in the Twenty-First Century (Monthly Review Press, 2001). He taught economics at QueensCollege and economics, political science and sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center. He was the Visiting Scholar at Kansai University Osaka, Japan and the Visiting Professor Economics at University of California, Berkeley. He was also founding host and for many years did the “Behind the Economic News” program at WBAI Pacifica Radio.

Left Forum 2012 
March 16th-18th
Pace University’s Schimmel Theater
1Pace Plaza,New York,New York

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It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  

 

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David Harvey

THE ENIGMA OF CAPITAL AND THE CRISES OF CAPITALISM

By David Harvey

Book launch and panel discussion with author David Harvey, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography, CUNY Graduate Center and Director of the Center for Place, Culture and Politics.

 
Discussants:

Leo Panitch is Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science at York University (Canada) and editor of the Socialist Register.

Frances Fox Piven is Professor in the faculties of political science and sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center. Professor Piven is the author of, among other books, Poor People’s Movements and The New Class War. She is currently at work on a book on American labor union strategies in response to globalization and the new economy.

William Tabb is Professor Emeritus of Economics, Political Science and Sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He is the author of numerous books including The Amoral Elephant: Globalization and Capitalist Development in the Early 21st Century (Monthly Review Press, 2001).

Melissa Wright is an Associate Professor in Geography and in the Program on Women’s Studies, Pennsylvania State University. Author of Disposable Women and Other Myths of Global Capitalism. New York and London: Routledge, 2006.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2010

PROSHANSKY AUDITORIUM

7 PM – 9 PM

CUNY GRADUATE CENTER, 365 FIFTH AVE @ 34TH STREET

Free and open to the public. Books will be available for sale.

‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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