Tues 10.06.15 | Wealth Creators or Wealth Extractors?

Andrew Sayer, Why We Can't Afford the Rich U. of Chicago Press, 2015





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Are the rich wealth creators, as we commonly hear? Should we be grateful to investors and entrepreneurs, as they like to be called, for generating jobs and greasing the wheels of the economy? Or is the source of their massive wealth the rest of us? Scholar Andrew Sayer discusses rentiers, capitalists, and why the planet can no longer afford the rich.

Mon 10.05.15 | Lessons from Anarchist Spain

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The way we think about inequality today is governed by a number of assumptions not necessarily shared by other people at other times in history. James Martel looks to the anarchists of early twentieth century Spain for an understanding and experience of political equality that could – and, in some cases, does – inform contemporary efforts to envision and work toward a more socially just society.

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Mon 9.14.15 | Aimé Césaire and the Poetics of Anticolonialism

Natalie Melas, All the Difference in the World: Postcoloniality and the Ends of Comparison Stanford U. Press, 2007





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Francophone poet, playwright, intellectual, and politician, Aimé Césaire was a fierce critic of the colonial condition and a modernist trailblazer. Scholar Natalie Melas considers the politics and poetics of the Martiniquan writer, arguably the greatest poet of anticolonialism and decolonization. She discusses Césaire's central involvement in the Négritude movement, his celebrated poem "Notebook of a Return to the Native Land," and his influence on Frantz Fanon.

Wed 9.09.15 | Post-Neoliberal Capitalism?

Albena Azmanova, “The Crisis of the Crisis of Capitalism”

Albena Azmanova, "Crisis? Capitalism is Doing Very Well. How is Critical Theory?"

Albena Azmanova, The Scandal of Reason Columbia U. Press, 2012

Azmanova & Mihai, eds., Reclaiming Democracy Routledge, 2015

The Program in Critical Theory at U.C. Berkeley

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Where does capitalism stand today? If the system is crisis-ridden and hasn't delivered the goods to large sectors of the population, why aren't we in a revolutionary moment? And what has happened to the neoliberal version of capitalism that first emerged in the 1970s? Albena Azmanova contends that we've entered a new stage of capitalism, one in which a few are handed opportunities and the rest are made to shoulder the risks.

Tues 9.08.15 | Against and Beyond

Chris Dixon, Another Politics: Talking Across Today's Transformative Movements UC Press, 2014

Chris Dixon's website





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From the shutdown of the WTO in Seattle to the Occupy movement, there's a highly influential current that has shaped how contemporary politics are conceived and organized. Activist and scholar Chris Dixon has delved deeply into anti-authoritarian, anticapitalist, and non-sectarian politics – perhaps the leading orientation for young radicals today. He discusses its vibrancy, as well as the problems that beset it, from strategy and organization to insularity and the assertion that there are no leaders. (Encore presentation.)

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