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  • NYC: Historical Materialism Conference, January 14-16 2010 Historical Materialism, Second North American Conference January 14-16 2010, New York City Opening Plenary Thursday January 14th, 7pm Graduate Center City University of New York 365 5th Avenue New ...
    Posted Dec 13, 2009, 2:26 PM by John Clegg
  • London: meetings with John Holloway Two London meetings with John Holloway, 24th & 26th October:ANARCHIST BOOKFAIR/MUTE MAGAZINE DISCUSSION, 4-6pm, Saturday 24th October, LondonCapitalism’s Present Crisis - How Will It End?The capitalist ...
    Posted Oct 12, 2009, 7:43 PM by John Clegg
  • NYC: Economic Crisis: Radical Analysis and Radical Responses UNION FOR RADICAL POLITICAL ECONOMICSinvites you to a one-day conferenceEconomic Crisis:Radical Analysis and Radical ResponsesSt. Francis College, 180 Remsen St., Brooklyn, NYSaturday, October 24 ...
    Posted Oct 10, 2009, 1:38 PM by David Calnitsky
  • NYC: The Crisis has Raised the Stakes, Internationalist Perspective meeting 10/15/09 THE CRISIS HAS RAISED THE STAKES  The economic crisis will not go away. More stimulus spending or less may alter the pace but not the course. This crisis is more ...
    Posted Sep 28, 2009, 12:29 AM by John Clegg
  • NYC: "Confronting Capitalism's Economic Crisis" Confronting Capitalism's Economic Crisis      --Meeting & 4-part Seminar-- all events at TRS, 44 East 32nd St., 11th floor,New York, NY, from 7 pm to 9 pm sponsored by ...
    Posted Jun 5, 2009, 11:54 AM by David Calnitsky
  • NYC "CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES OF THE WORLD ECONOMIC CRISIS" The following panel is open to the public and free of charge:WHAT LIES BEHIND: CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES OF THE WORLD ECONOMIC CRISISSPEAKERS & TALKS----------------Radhika Desai (Professor, Department of ...
    Posted Apr 5, 2009, 1:09 PM by John Clegg
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NYC: Historical Materialism Conference, January 14-16 2010

posted Dec 13, 2009, 2:26 PM by John Clegg

Historical Materialism, Second North American Conference
January 14-16 2010, New York City

Opening Plenary Thursday January 14th, 7pm

Graduate Center
City University of New York
365 5th Avenue
New York, NY

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

www.hm2010nyc.org

Please join us for the second North American Historical Materialism Conference, beginning the evening of January 14th, 2010. Founded in 1997, the quarterly Historical Materialism (HM) journal is among the foremost publications of critical Marxist theory in the world, known for both its breadth as well as its intellectual rigor. Following upon successful conferences in London and Toronto, the New York City conference – the first ever in the US – will provide a lively space for scholars and activists to critically engage theoretical, historical, and practical issues of crucial importance to the movement for a world beyond capitalism. 

The ongoing economic crisis continues to disrupt political and business establishments across the planet and inflict suffering upon millions in the form of mass unemployment and food shortages. Despite the popular expectations raised by a new presidency, U.S. imperial ambitions appear locked in place. The existential threat of climate change looms. Economic, political, military and ecological crises intersect as they intensify, making the world a much more dangerous place— but also one in which the space for theory and practice aimed at challenging capitalism, and exploring systemic alternatives, has grown.

In organizing the first US Historical Materialism conference we hope to open a space for critical, rigorous and boundary-pushing theory, to explore and provoke our understanding of capital and anti-capitalist alternatives with a critical eye to the traditions of the past, while confronting the crises and struggles unfolding around us.
 

Panels Include:

The Future of the Radical Left / Theories of the Developmentalist State / Witch-Hunting and Enclosures / Philosophy of Finance / Race and Labor / The Politics of Oil / Communism and Catastrophe / Women, Work and Violence / Theories of Exploitation / Restructuring in Turkey / Ecology and Crisis / The Problem of Organization / Commons and Subjectivity / Capitalism, Slavery and the Civil War / Communization / Sexuality and Marriage / Fetishism and the Value Form / Marx’s Theory of Money / Post-Operaïsmo / Crisis Theory…

Confirmed speakers:

Anna M. Agathangelou, Stanley Aronowitz, Gopal Balakrishnan, Banu Bargu, Deepankar Basu, Karl Beitel, Riccardo Bellofiore, Aaron Benanav, Jasper Bernes, Paul Blackledge, George Caffentzis, Dana Cloud, Patricia Clough, Gérard Duménil, Hester Eisenstein, Sara Farris, Silvia Federici, Robert Fine, Duncan Foley, Benedetto Fontana, Maya Gonzalez, Paul Heideman, Nancy Holmstrom, Matt Huber, Robert Hullot-Kentor, Andrew Kliman, Sabu Kohso, Michael Krätke, Tim Kreiner, Deepa Kumar, David Laibman, Neil Larsen, Paul Le Blanc, William Lewis, Geoff Mann, Paul Mattick, Michael McCarthy, Annie McClanahan, Geoffrey McDonald, Alan Milchman, Simon Mohun, Gary Mongiovi, Fred Moseley, Justin Myers, August Nimtz, Bertell Ollman, Melda Ozturk, Ozgur Ozturk, Mi Park, Nina Power, Nagesh Rao, Jason Read, John Riddell, William Clare Roberts, Heather Rogers, Sander, Anwar Shaikh, Hasana Sharp, Tony Smith, Jason E. Smith, Richard Smith, Hae-Yung Song, Marcel Stoetzler, Lee Sustar, Peter Thomas, Massimiliano Tomba, Aylin Topal, Alberto Toscano, Ben Trott, Ramaa Vasudevan, Antonio Y. Vázquez-Arroyo, Chris Vials, Marina Vishmidt, Joel Wainwright, Victor Wallis, Paul Warren, Evan Calder Williams, Ted Winslow, Christopher Wright

Conference supported by:

The Center for the Study of Work, Culture and Technology
SpaceTime Research Collective
Haymarket Books

for all enquiries email: hm2010nyc@gmail.com

London: meetings with John Holloway

posted Oct 12, 2009, 7:41 PM by John Clegg

Two London meetings with John Holloway, 24th & 26th October:


ANARCHIST BOOKFAIR/MUTE MAGAZINE DISCUSSION, 4-6pm, Saturday 24th October, London

Capitalism’s Present Crisis - How Will It End?

The capitalist system is facing years of crisis and social instability. This raises two questions:

1) what caused the crisis? Was it ‘greedy bankers’, the natural tendencies of the capitalist system, or the resistance of the working class?

2) how will the crisis end? Will it be with more state regulation, more cuts in living standards or with working class revolution?

The Anarchist Bookfair and Mute magazine have invited three speakers to debate these issues:

Paul Mason, a presenter on BBC’s Newsnight, and author of Meltdown: The End of the Age of Greed


John Holloway, author of Change The World Without Taking Power _<http://libcom.org/library/change-world-without-taking-power-john-holloway>_ and Crack Capitalism (forthcoming). /NB See below for a further meeting with John Holloway/.

William Dixon, Mute magazine contributor.

The discussion will take place at the Skeel Lecture Theatre, Anarchist Bookfair, Queen Mary & Westfield college, Mile End Road, London E1, Mile End tube.

For further information on the Anarchist Bookfair, including a roster of many other talks, go to:
_http://www.anarchistbookfair.org <http://www.anarchistbookfair.org/>_


* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

CRACK CAPITALISM - A DISCUSSION WITH JOHN HOLLOWAY
7-9pm, Monday 26th October, London

At the height of the anti-capitalist movement, John Holloway’s book Change The World without Taking Power _<http://libcom.org/library/change-world-without-taking-power-john-holloway>_provoked an international debate*. Eight years later, after the failure of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, combined with the failure of the capitalist economy, anti-capitalism is back on the agenda.

John Holloway will introduce his forthcoming book, Crack Capitalism, followed by a discussion on how we can change the world without repeating the tragedies of twentieth century socialism.

Come and join the debate.

*To read the debate around the book Change The World Without Taking Power, go to: _http://www.herramienta.com.ar/debate-sobre-cambiar-el-mundo/presentacion-e-indice-de-articulos_ 

VENUE: The Octagon Room*, Queen's Building, Queen Mary & Westfield College, Mile End Road, London E1, Mile End Tube. (The event will be followed by a social at the Half Moon pub, 213-233 Mile End Road, London E1)

*NB There is a small chance that the room in which the event is held may be altered. Check metamute.org for up to date information closer to the date.

Supported by Mute Magazine (mute AT metamute.org) and the Queen Mary & Westfield School of Business and Management

NYC: Economic Crisis: Radical Analysis and Radical Responses

posted Oct 10, 2009, 1:37 PM by David Calnitsky

UNION FOR RADICAL POLITICAL ECONOMICS
invites you to a one-day conference

Economic Crisis:
Radical Analysis and Radical Responses

St. Francis College, 180 Remsen St., Brooklyn, NY
Saturday, October 24, 2009 • 8:30 am - 6:30 pm

Keynote Speakers:
Dr. David Harvey (Distinguished Professor, CUNY)
Hon. Charles Barron (NYC Council)

Morning Workshops (Radical Analysis)
The current financial and economic crisis – causes, effects, and what can be done

Lunch (free for conference participants)

Afternoon Workshops (Radical Responses)
Issues include public education, climate justice, labor, port trucking, housing,
solidarity economy, food coops, green economics, AND MORE!

Cocktail party (free for conference participants)

Partial List of Presenters:
Sam Anderson, Colai Clark, Ashley Dawson, Michael Dorsey, Barbara Garson, Sidney Gluck, Doug Henwood, Joseph Holtz, David Kotz, Joel Kupferman,
David Laibman, Brooke Lehman, Josh Mason, Rex McKenzie, Mike Menser,
Tara Mulqueen, Bertell Ollman, Nomi Prins, Janet Redman, Mark Rego-Monteiro,
Yinet Rodriguez, Chris Rude, Trina Scordo, Uruj Sheikh, Dave Shukla

See www.urpe.org for full program and registration information
Advance registration is recommended.  There is no registration fee,
but donations to cover the cost of the conference will be gratefully received.
(Suggested donation: $25)

For more information, contact: PaddyQuick@aol.com or jhuato@gmail.com

URPE Nat’l Office • 418 N. Pleasant St., Amherst, MA 01002
413-577-0806 • URPE@labornet.org • www.urpe.org

NYC: The Crisis has Raised the Stakes, Internationalist Perspective meeting 10/15/09

posted Sep 28, 2009, 12:24 AM by John Clegg

THE CRISIS HAS RAISED THE STAKES 
 
The economic crisis will not go away. More stimulus spending or less may alter the pace but not the course. This crisis is more than a conjunctural downturn. It is the fever of a sick civilization. Capitalist civilization is sick of old age but will do anything to survive. 

Those who blame capitalism for the crisis, fall into two categories. There are those who tell us we must use the very institutions of capitalist civilization to fight it: its parties and elections, its unions and NGO’s: all will be well when the bad politicians and union-bosses are replaced by good ones, and when the state increasingly intervenes in the economy until it has replaced the private sector. Of course that is the more “radical” version of this scheme; the fiery red as opposed to the pale pink of those who merely advocate the perfect symbiosis between state and private capital as the best of all possible worlds. What all of them have in common is their desire to fix and improve capitalism, their belief that what is needed are better, more unselfish leaders, more state-regulation, the creation of more money. Their critique of capitalism is a positive one. The future they envision is still that of a commodity economy with money, banks, prisons, etc, but all a bit more humane. 

In contrast to this outlook, which characterizes the left generally, more and more voices express a negative critique of capitalism. They do not believe capitalism can be made better, or that it can gradually evolve into something else. It can only get worse, lead to more devastation and misery. For them the root of the problem is not bad leaders or a lack of regulation. The root is capitalism itself, its very foundation: the value-form, which turns everything and everyone into a commodity, whose fate is determined by the market. They want a revolution that puts humans in control of their fate. A revolution that uproots capitalism, that comes from below and sweeps away all the building blocks of capitalist society, all the national, ethnic, racial, religious, boundaries that divide us; a revolution in which the self-organization of the working masses in struggle broadens into the self-organization of a society in which things are produced for human needs, not for profit.  

This revolution starts from below, with young people in Athens deciding in general assemblies to take back the streets, with workers in China and Korea fighting off the police, with workers in France proclaiming their refusal to accept responsibility for the crisis, with unemployed construction workers in Cleveland entering vacant homes and making them livable for homeless families…In all these examples, laws were broken. Cracks appeared. These cracks will multiply. More important than what is immediately lost, or gained in these struggles, is that they are steps in the development of the consciousness of the necessity and the possibility of revolution. In this process, pro-revolutionaries, those who see that the dynamic of these acts of resistance implies the uprooting of capitalism, are an important component.  The clear articulation of the negative critique of capitalism becomes a potent accelerating factor when it is felt in the practical struggle. Pro-revolutionaries must participate in this struggle. Their understanding of the past – the defeats, the pitfalls of the struggle -- and of the potential for the future, leads them to speak out. 

But too often those pro-revolutionaries don’t take that responsibility seriously enough. They too suffer the alienation produced by capitalism. Too often they are “selling” themselves, individually or as an organization. They lose themselves in petty squabbles far removed from the actual reality, in rivalry and in competition. This has to stop. 

In light of the stakes raised by the present crisis, Internationalist Perspective launched an appeal to all those who share the negative critique of capitalism and thus the same internationalist revolutionary outlook: abandon sectarianism, stop competing, recognize that you share the same goal, recognize that nobody has a patent on the truth, recognize that if you are to really play a revolutionary role, you will need more clarity than you have now; recognize that this clarity requires you to reexamine your dogmas, realize that only by discussing fraternally and working together, can the pro-revolutionary voice become stronger.  

To discuss with us the state of capitalism’s crisis, the potential for resistance to it, IP’s appeal and the reactions to it, and more generally the question, “What to do?,” we invite you to come to a  

PUBLIC MEETING 

at: TRS suites, 44 East 32nd Street (between Park and Madison), Manhattan. 
 
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 7 PM. 
 

Other groups who share our negative critique of capitalism are invited to present their views and there will be ample time for general discussion.


INTERNATIONALIST PERSPECTIVE

http://internationalist-perspective.org 

NYC: "Confronting Capitalism's Economic Crisis"

posted Jun 5, 2009, 11:53 AM by David Calnitsky

Confronting Capitalism's Economic Crisis


      --Meeting & 4-part Seminar--
 
all events at TRS, 44 East 32nd St., 11th floor,
New York, NY, from 7 pm to 9 pm
 
sponsored by Marxist-Humanist Initiative
 
======
 
TUESDAY, JUNE 23: PUBLIC MEETING
 
"The economic crisis and left responses," a talk by
Andrew Kliman, author of _Reclaiming Marx's "Capital":
A refutation of the myth of inconsistency_
 
"A new organization for a time of crisis," a talk by
Anne Jaclard, National Secretary, Marxist-Humanist Initiative
 
Talks followed by open discussion. Donation requested.
 
======
 
SEMINAR SERIES
 
Tues., June 30. Introduction: purpose of seminar series;
overview of crisis theories; definition of "crisis"; history of
capitalist crises; why crisis theory? Led by Josh Skolnik
 
Tues., July 14. Underconsumptionism: does paying workers
more boost profit? Led by Seth Weiss
 
Tues., July 21. Marx's law of the tendential fall in the rate
of profit. Led by Andrew Kliman
 
Tues, July 28. The crisis of the free market and the turn to
state-capitalist ideology. Led by Anne Jaclard
 
 
As the worst economic slump since the Great Depression
calls into question the viability of the capitalist system, and
as people increasingly doubt whether capitalism is desirable
or even necessary, we need to unite theory with practice and
an understanding of the current crisis in order to respond
effectively. We invite everyone seriously interested in this
task to join us in the seminar series. Participants will be
expected to have done the readings prior to each session.
Donations are requested, but no one will be turned away
because of inability to pay.
 
Please call us at (888) 579-2245 or write to us at
mhi@marxisthumanistinitiative.org in order to register for
the seminar series and obtain the syllabus.
 

Our website contains continuing analysis and discussion of
the economic crisis: www.marxist-humanist-initiative.org

 

You can find a printable flyer on the website, or link to it here:
http://marxisthumanistinitiative.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/crisis_series.pdf

NYC "CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES OF THE WORLD ECONOMIC CRISIS"

posted Apr 4, 2009, 7:24 AM by John Clegg   [ updated Apr 5, 2009, 1:09 PM ]

The following panel is open to the public and free of charge:

WHAT LIES BEHIND: CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES OF THE WORLD ECONOMIC CRISIS


SPEAKERS & TALKS
----------------
Radhika Desai (Professor, Department of Political Studies, University of Manitoba):  "The dollar: US currency, world's problem"

Alan Freeman (Visiting Research Fellow, University of Manitoba):  "How bad can it get? 1929 and all that"

Andrew Kliman (Professor, Department of Economics, Pace University - Pleasantville): "Roots of the Crisis and Proposed Solutions"


TIME & PLACE
------------
Tuesday April 14 at 6:00 p.m.
Pace University
18th floor Conference Room
One Pace Plaza
Manhattan (New York City)
 
(Just east of City Hall, just south of Brooklyn Bridge. Near 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, A, C, J, M, Z, N, and R subway lines + bus routes. For more detailed directions, visit http://www.pace.edu/page.cfm?doc_id=16157 or call Pace University at (212) 346-1200.)

Folks who wish to attend the panel need to pre-register by e-mail Andrew_Kliman@msn.com on or before April 10. They also should make sure to bring a photo ID to the event.


Radhika Desai is the author of _Slouching Towards Ayodhya: From Congress to Hindutva in Indian Politics_ (2004).  She is working on two books, _When Was Globalization? Origin and End of a US Strategy_ and _The Making of the Indian Capitalist Class_.

Alan Freeman has published 52 articles on economics and politics. He has co-edited four books including _Marx, Ricardo, Sraffa_ with Ernest Mandel, and _The Politics of Empire and the Crisis of Globalisation_ with Boris Kagarlitsky. With Radhika Desai he is launching a new book series to be entitled _The Future of World Capitalism_.

Andrew Kliman is the author of _Reclaiming Marx's "Capital": A refutation of the myth of inconsistency_ (2007).  His writings, talks, and interviews on the current economic crisis are available at akliman.squarespace.com/crisis-intervention.

Bay Area: Events on the crisis

posted Mar 15, 2009, 11:07 AM by John Clegg

At the annual San Francisco Anarchist Bookfair in SF's Golden Gate Park, open Saturday from 10:00 to 6:00 pm, there will be the following workshop:

Saturday, March 14, Bookfair in Golden Gate Park, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
11:30—12:20 in bookfair café, discussion: “Surviving The Economic Meltdown Panel (Robert Ovetz and Gifford Hartman)

Then the next day, across the Bay in Berkeley at the annual BASTARD Conference, there will be a longer, more detailed version of the same workshop:

Sunday, March 15, UC Berkeley, Evans Hall, room 70:
10:00—11:30 a.m. workshop entitled: “Resisting and Surviving the Capitalist Meltdown,” (Robert, Gifford & Asiya Wadud of Forage Oakland)


And then on Tuesday, March 17, there will be a Flying Picket planning meeting (see attached flyer) to discuss solidarity and mutual aid actions to support working class people fighting evictions and layoffs. We're planning to caravan (from San Francisco and Modesto) to the Sacramento tent city on Wednesday, March 18, to offer our support with plans to return with any supplies that we can gather. Here's the story featured in yesterday's New York Times:

http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/03/11/tent-city-report/?hp 

Is Marxism Relevant Today? Wednesday, March 11, 2009. Davis Auditorium, the Schapiro Center. 6:15pm

posted Feb 23, 2009, 9:34 PM by Asher Dupuy-Spencer




Synopsis:
David Harvey,Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York,

 Prabhat Patnaik, one of India's most distinguished economists and political commentators, and

 Duncan Foley, Professor of Economics at the New School for Social Research, will discuss the question "Is Marxism Relevant Today?"

Co-sponsored by the Committee on Global Thought



This event is free and open to the public.
No Tickets, no reservations required.
Seating is on a first come, first served basis.



Presented by:
Heyman Center for the Humanities, Columbia University

How to Think About the Financial Crisis Monday, March 2, 2009. 301 Uris Hall. 12:15pm

posted Feb 23, 2009, 9:32 PM by Asher Dupuy-Spencer

How to Think About the Financial Crisis
Monday, March 2, 2009. 301 Uris Hall. 12:15pm



Synopsis:
One of India's most distinguished economists and political commentators, Prabhat Patnaik, and Nobel Prize-winning economist, Joseph Stiglitz, will discuss "How to Think About the Financial Crisis." Jomo Kwame Sundaram, UN Assistant Secretary General for Economic Affairs, will chair.

Co-sponsored by the Committee on Global Thought


This event is free and open to the public.
No Tickets, no reservations required.
Seating is on a first come, first served basis.



Presented by:
Heyman Center for the Humanities, Columbia University




 
   


NYC: Loren Goldner talk on the crisis of capitalism

posted Feb 17, 2009, 8:30 AM by John Clegg

4pm Friday February 20th
CUNY Graduate Center,  365 5th Ave., Room 6112

Loren Goldner is an independent writer and activist who divides his time between Seoul (South Korea) and New York City. His work is available on the Break Their Haughty Power
web site at: http://home.earthlink.net/~lrgoldner

His talk on Feb. 20 will be based on his recent (November 2008) article "The Biggest October Surprise of All: The Collapse of World Capitalism", and of course will include comments on developments since November. Please try to read the article in advance so that the presentation and discussion can move quickly to the (hopefully) controversial points raised, in particular concerning fictitious capital, the decadence of capitalism on a world scale, and the socialist program sketched in the final sections.  

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