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Hillel Ticktin

HILLEL TICKTIN TALKS ON THE CRISIS AND THE CAPITALIST SYSTEM TODAY

SATURDAY 4 DECEMBER, 1.30pm

Marx Memorial Library

37a Clerkenwell Green, London EC1 (near Farringdon tube)

 “The crisis is not simply a periodic crisis, but a crisis in both the strategy of capitalism and its structure, and Keynesians are not addressing these issues, whereas the right, consciously or unconsciously, is trying to come to terms with the real underlying political economic problems of capitalism … Sections of capital have decided to fight to the bitter end in order to inflict an epoch making defeat of the working class … However one has to wonder whether the bourgeoisie has a death wish … The cuts can only educate a whole new generation of the population of the need to change the capitalist system … The contemporary form of the ideology of capitalism is now so threadbare that only a masochist can support it.”     

(Articles by Ticktin can be found at http://libcom.org and here)

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A Crisis of Capital

FROM MELTDOWN TO UPHEAVAL

A Conference of Working-Class Reflection and Action

10am-7pm, Saturday September 11

At LARC, Fieldgate St., E1 (Whitechapel tube)

Sessions on:

1) The global crisis;

2) Local struggles in workplaces, housing, universities and public services;

3) Rank-and-file organising, migrant struggles, publications;

4) Future coordination

See THE COMMUNE website for further details and future meetings: http://thecommune.wordpress.com

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Socialist Project

INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF SOCIALIST HISTORY

VOLUME 55, ISSUE 02, AUGUST 2010

Research Articles

Experiences in Common: Slavery and “Freedom” in the Process of Rio de Janeiro’s Working-Class Formation (1850–1910)
Marcelo Badaró Mattos
International Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 193-213
doi:10.1017/S0020859010000167 (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010 (?)

Transnational Experts in Social Reform, 1840–1880
Chris Leonards and Nico Randeraad
International Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 215-239
doi:10.1017/S0020859010000179 (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010 (?)

Suggestions and Debates

“The World the Horses Made”: A South African Case Study of Writing Animals into Social History
Sandra Swart, International Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 241-263
doi:10.1017/S0020859010000192 (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010 (?)

Survey

A Brave New World: The Left, Social Engineering, and Eugenics in Twentieth-Century Europe
Leo Lucassen
International Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 265-296
doi:10.1017/S0020859010000209 (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010 (?)

Review Essays

New and Old Spirits of Capitalism
Sara R. Farris
International Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 297-306
doi:10.1017/S0020859010000210 (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010 (?)

Comparing Labor Politics in the US and Australia: New Light on an Old Question
Shelton Stromquist
International Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 307-315
doi:10.1017/S0020859010000222 (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010 (?)

Book Reviews

Beate Sturm. “Wat ich schuldich war”: Privatkredit im frühneuzeitlichen Hannover (1550–1750). [Vierteljahrschrift für
Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte: Beihefte.] Steiner, Stuttgart 2009. 336 pp. €62.00
Jaco Zuijderduijn
International Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 317-318
doi:10.1017/S0020859010000325 (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010 (?)

Jerry Z. Muller Capitalism and the Jews. Princeton University Press, Princeton 2010. 267 pp. $24.95; £16.95
Mario KesslerInternational Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 318-321
doi:10.1017/S0020859010000337 (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010 (?)

Civil Society, Associations and Urban Places: Class, Nation and Culture in Nineteenth-Century Europe. Ed. by Graeme Morton, Boudien de Vries, and Robert John Morris. Ashgate. Aldershot [etc.]. 2006. xiv, 220 pp. £55.00
Social Capital and Associations in European Democracies: A comparative analysis. Ed. by William A. Maloney and Sigrid Roßteutscher. [Routledge Research in Comparative Politics.] Routledge, London [etc.] 2007. xvii, 308 pp. £70.00.
Irina Novichenko
International Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 321-326
doi:10.1017/S0020859010000349 (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010 (?)

Reşat Kasaba. A Moveable Empire: Ottoman Nomads, Migrants, and Refugees. [Studies in Modernity and National Identity.] University of Washington Press, Seattle [etc.] 2009. x, 194 pp. $70.00. (Paper $30.00.)
M. Erdem Kabadayı
International Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 327-328
doi:10.1017/S0020859010000350 (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010 (?)

Lucien Van der Walt and Schmidt Michael. Black Flame. The Revolutionary Class Politics of Anarchism and Syndicalism.
[Counterpower, Vol. I.] AK Press, Edinburgh [etc.] 2009. 395 pp. $22.95
Ruth Kinna
International Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 329-331
doi:10.1017/S0020859010000362 (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010 (?)

The Encyclopedia of Strikes in American History. Ed by Aaron Brenner, Benjamin Day, and Immanuel Ness. M.E. Sharpe, Armonk, New York [etc.] 2009. xxxix, 750 pp. Ill. $175.00
Paul F. Lipold
International Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 331-334
doi:10.1017/S0020859010000374 (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010 (?)

Elena Shulman. Stalinism on the Frontier of Empire: Women and State Formation in the Soviet Far East Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2008
Marianna Muravyeva
International Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 334-336
doi:10.1017/S002085901000043X (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010 (?)

Jacob Eyferth. Eating Rice from Bamboo Roots. The Social History of a Community of Handicraft Papermakers in Rural Sichuan, 1920–2000. Harvard University Press. 335 pp. Ill. $45.00; £33.95; € 40.50
Christine Moll-Murata
International Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 336-339doi:10.1017/S0020859010000441 (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010

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Books

LEFT OUT

LEFT OUT: ALTERNATIVE POLICIES FOR A LEFT OPPOSITION TODAY
http://www.lwbooks.co.uk/ebooks/leftout.html
Doug Bain, Peter Lawrence, Andy Pearmain, Michael Prior and Willie Thompson

Thoughts from a different perspective on the left after the election – an attempt to understand where and why the left has gone wrong, including a more critical stance on New Labour.

WORKING CLASS BOOKFAIR
Saturday 21 August, 11-5pm, Museum Vaults, 33 Silksworth Row, Sunderland
Books, barbecue, drinks
For details and a stall call 07931301901
http://workingclassbookfair.vpweb.com

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Social Justice

THE BUSINESS OF SOCIAL JUSTICE UNDER NEOLIBERALISM

This is the title of a new article by Ravi Kumar at Radical Notes: http://radicalnotes.com/journal/2010/05/07/the-business-of-social-justice-under-neoliberalism/
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Ravi Kumar, Ph.D. || Assistant Professor || Department of Sociology || Jamia Millia Islamia University || Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar Marg, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi – 110025
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Radical Notes: http://www.radicalnotes.com
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Blog: http://againstcapital.wordpress.com and http://againstcapital.blog.com

Recent Book: Global Neoliberalism and Education and its Consequences
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LA LUCHA CONTINUA!

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Uncertain Times

BEYOND RESISTANCE: THE COMMUNE SUMMER SCHOOL

A day of communist discussion and debate

From 11am-6pm on Saturday 19th June

At 96-100 Clifton Street, London EC2

To purchase tickets and download leaflets see: http://thecommune.wordpress.com/2010/04/26/19th-june-summer-school/

The last few years have seen a series of crises for our rulers. Millions of us are angry at the ongoing economic crisis, the scandalous behaviour of ‘our’ MPs and the endless wars in the Middle East.

All of these crises are part and parcel of capitalist rule, but rarely is this system itself challenged. We are constantly told there is no alternative to capitalism. Every day at work and in our communities we live out the same capitalist order, the same hierarchies, the same alienation.

But the spectre of communism has not gone away. The idea of a society fit for human beings lives on. It is an idea raised every time workers demand the living standards we need, not what our rulers are prepared to give us; whenever we reject the state’s oppression and interference in our lives; and whenever we stand up to sexism, homophobia and anti-immigrant hysteria.

We need to build on these acts of resistance. But that is not enough. Our movement needs ideas. We need a clear vision of a communist alternative to the capitalist order, and how we can make it happen.

That is why The Commune is hosting a summer school on Saturday 19th June to discuss what we should be fighting for and how we should fight for it. Join the debate.

Proposed sessions:

Britain after the general election;

What is capitalism?

Why capitalism is in crisis;

The changed shape of the working class;

Alienation and the critique of everyday life;

How migrant workers fight back;

Tenants’ struggles and community organisation;

Socialist feminist approach to organisation;

Breaking up the UK state;

Communism or representative democracy?

Recomposition of the communist movement.

Full agenda shortly

Please get in touch at uncaptiveminds@gmail.com if you have any questions about the event or have special requirements.

http://thecommune.wordpress.com/2010/04/26/19th-june-summer-school/

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Marx was Right

HISTORICAL MATERIALISM TORONTO CONFERENCE 2010 – UPDATE 17th APRIL 2010

Historical Materialism 2010, York University, Toronto, May 13-16

Dear friends

We are fast approaching the second Historical Materialism Conference to be held at York University in Toronto. With over 250 papers and speakers from eight countries, it is shaping up to be an exciting event for critical theory and practice.

Our plenary speakers include Terry Eagleton, Andrea Smith, Vijay Prashad, Johanna Brenner, Aziz Choudry, Dorothy Smith, Kevin Anderson, and David McNally, among others.

Plenary topics include “Marx and the Global South,” “Global Crisis, Working Class Households and Migrant Labour,” “Capitalism, Race and Colonialism,” and “Is Marxism a Theodicy?” We will also be running a four-part course on Marx’s Capital.

Details on registration, accommodation and the conference program are available at http://www.yorku.ca/hmyork To see the preliminary list of panels, click on the Program tab, then click on “Themes.”

Please spread the word about the conference. We look forward to seeing you at York in May!

The Historical Materialism Toronto Conference Organizing Committee

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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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Social Class

HOW CLASS WORKS: 2010 CONFERENCE UPDATE

Dear Friends and Colleagues 

I am happy to report that the full schedule for the How Class Works – 2010 conference is now posted at 

http://www.stonybrook.edu/workingclass/conference/2010/ 

together with registration and housing information.  The conference will be at SUNY Stony Brook June 3-5, 2010. 

The conference includes over 200 presentations exploring the many ways in which class dynamics shape our social, cultural, and political experiences.  It brings together graduate students and senior scholars, labor and community organizers and activists, to extend the knowledge and community of working class studies. 

Presenters are coming from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iran, New Zealand, Portugal, Nigeria, South Africa, Sweden, Turkey, the UK, and the US.   

The opening plenary session will feature Larry Cohen, international president of Communications Workers of America: “Economic Crisis, Political Paralysis:  What’s the Working Class to Do?” Thursday June 3 at 7 p.m.  Other plenary sessions will address right wing populism, charter schools, and contingent academic labor. 

I invite you to check out the program and register for the conference.  Limited financial aid is available.  I hope to welcome you to Stony Brook in June. 

with best wishes 

Michael 

Michael Zweig 
Director, Center for Study of Working Class Life 
Department of Economics 
State University of New York 
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4384 
631.632.7536 
michael.zweig@stonybrook.edu 
http://www.workingclass.sunysb.edu

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Georg Lukacs

LUKACS, REIFICATION AND CONSCIOUSNESS OF THE PROLETARIAT

Marx and Philosophy Society

Symposium on Georg Lukács’s ‘Reification and the Consciousness of the Proletariat’

2-6pm, Saturday February 6, 2010, at the London Knowledge Lab, 23-29 Emerald Street, London WC1

Speakers:

Gordon Finlayson
Tim Hall
Michalis Skomvoulis

Gordon Finlayson is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Sussex and is the author of many books and articles on the Frankfurt School.

Tim Hall is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of East London. His article ‘Reification, Materialism & Praxis: Adorno’s critique of Lukács’ is forthcoming in Telos (2010) and he is the co-editor of The Fundamental Dissonance of Existence: New Essays on the Social, Political and Aesthetic Theory of Georg Lukács (New York, Continuum: 2010).

Michalis Skomvoulis is a PhD student at the University of Paris 1: Panthéon-Sorbonne and has written extensively on Lukacs.

The English translation of Lukács’s essay is available at: http://www.marxists.org/archive/lukacs/works/history/index.htm

Attendance is free and open to all. To register e-mail Meade McCloughan: m.mccloughan@ucl.ac.uk

Directions and map: http://tinyurl.com/ywmsvc  

Tube stations: Holborn and Russell Square

Marx and Philosophy Society: http://www.marxandphilosophy.org.uk/

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Crisis Sublime

HISTORICAL MATERIALISM CONFERENCE IN TORONTO

Historical Materialism Conference
York University, Toronto
May 14-16, 2010

Call for Papers
 
Following on the considerable success of the First North American Historical Materialism Conference in April 2007, attended by 400 people, we are pleased to issue a call for papers for our follow-up conference at York University, May 14-16, 2010.

The conference will take place against the backdrop of a profound destabilization of global capitalism alongside significant challenges for labour and social movements. Imperialist wars abound and culture has been drawn into the service of empire. Robust theorizations and critical innovations are needed.

In this context it is vital to develop the resources of historical materialism in addressing the pressing problems of the day and informing all forms of activism, including the intellectual. The conference seeks to combine rich development of historical materialist analysis with critical innovations in areas where such analysis has lagged. The organizers welcome presentations from scholars and activists that reflect the current state of theoretical work and activist mobilization. Themes include:

•       Marxism and Philosophy

•       Political Economy of Capitalism and the Global Crisis

•       Gender, Sexuality and Social Reproduction

•       Race, Empire and Resistance

•       Ecology and the Environment

•       Working Class and Social Movements

•       Labour Processes and Class Relations

•       Art, Marxism, and Everyday Life

•       Revolutionary Experiences since 1848

•       Fascism, Militarism, Fundamentalism

•       State, Culture and Ideology

•       Land, Food and Accumulation by Dispossession

•       Marxism and the Urban Experience

•       Theorizing Crises in Historical and Comparative Perspective

We welcome individual submissions as well as panel proposals. For individual papers, please send an abstract of no more than 250 words; for panel proposals send a 100 word panel abstract along with paper abstracts of up to 250 words. We appreciate your suggestions about which of the above themes your paper might suits, and also welcome papers beyond these themes. Proposals can be submitted by email until January 8, 2010 to torontohm@gmail.com
 
P.S: Some of you will have received invitations to a Historical Materialism conference in New York in January. We are pleased to see this initiative. But that is a distinct event from the Toronto conference in May.

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