Tues 10.23.12 | More Federici, and Occupy

Sylvia Federici, Revolution at Point Zero PM Press/Autonomedia, 2012

Part One of the Federici interview

Schrager Lang & Lang/Levitsky, eds., Dreaming in Public: Building the Occupy Movement New Internationalist, 2012

Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin speak at KPFA benefit tomorrow

In Part Two of our interview with Sylvia Federici, the radical feminist scholar and veteran activist talks about elder care, abortion, technology, and collective struggles against austerity and privatization. Also, Daniel Lang/Levitsky discusses a new volume that features writings and images produced by Occupy movement participants.

Mon 10.22.12 | Neil Smith on Liberalism and Globalization

Neil Smith, The Endgame of Globalization Routledge, 2005






Conventional left wisdom holds that the foreign policy of the Bush administration broke radically with the approach of its predecessor. Yet how accurate is that conclusion? In this archival conversation, the late pioneering Marxist geographer Neil Smith, who died unexpectedly on September 29th, discusses the history of liberalism, US hegemony, and the invasion of Iraq, which he characterizes as the endgame of globalization.

Wed 10.17.12 | Federici on "Reproductive Work"

Housewives toil without pay; the family home has become a private, isolated space; immigrant caregivers leave behind their own children; capitalism devalues domestic work in order to cut the cost of labor power: It's not a pretty picture, but it needs to be made visible and put into context, and Sylvia Federici has done both with distinction, over several decades of writing and activism and in her new book.

Tues 10.16.12 | The World's Deadliest Invention?

After the lawsuits of the last fifteen years, most people assume that Big Tobacco was dealt a mortal blow. Yet the 21st century is poised to see ten times more deaths than the already mind-boggling number of people who died from cigarettes in the 20th. Historian of science Robert Proctor discusses the contents of cigarettes, which may include arsenic and radioactive polonium amongst other bizarre ingredients, the strange episode of Nazi research into tobacco, and the ways that academics have been bought off by America's most powerful industry.

Mon 10.15.12 | The Multiple Meanings of "Latino"

HoSang, LaBennett & Pulido, eds., Racial Formation in the Twenty-First Century UC Press, 2012

Tomas Almaguer, Racial Fault Lines: The Historical Origins of White Supremacy in California UC Press, 2008 (2d ed.)

To say that there are 50 million Latinos in the US is to suggest that the category of "Latino" is clear-cut and straightforward. But is that true? Tomas Almaguer highlights the ambiguities; he also examines how Latinos, a tremendously diverse population, have been racialized, and how they racialize each other. Almaguer brings up as key factors both the US Census and Spain's colonization of Mexico and Puerto Rico.

Wed 9.19.12 | Academic Labor & Higher Ed in Crisis

William Deresiewicz at The Nation

William Deresiewicz, A Jane Austen Education Penguin, 2011




"A self-enriching aristocracy, a swelling and increasingly immiserated proletariat, and a shrinking middle class." In the eyes of Bill Deresiewicz, that describes not just the US economy but also the troubled landscape of higher education. Deresiewicz discusses the plight of academic labor and other trends within the academy. He also evaluates calls for the abolition of tenure and for technology-based and market-driven reforms. (Encore presentation.)

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