Mon 10.29.12 | Assisted Dying; Memory and the Greeks

Marcia Angell, May Doctors Help You to Die? New York Review of Books

Marcia Angell, The Truth About the Drug Companies Random House, 2005

An Iliad, adapted from Homer by Lisa Peterson & Denis O'Hare, at Berkeley Rep

Essays by Julie McCormick in the Berkeley Rep Magazine

Should a physician ever help a terminally ill patient to end his or her life? Marcia Angell weighs in on what's called physician-assisted dying, which Massachusetts residents will vote on next week. And Julie McCormick discusses memory in the context of oral storytelling and the ancient Greeks; she also describes a new adaptation of The Iliad at Berkeley Rep.

Wed 10.24.12 | Overseeing Global Capitalism

Sam Gindin and Leo Panitch, The Making of Global Capitalism: The Political Economy of American Empire Verso, 2012

Panitch and Gindin Talk in Berkeley, Wednesday, October 24 at 7:30pm at the Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street in Berkeley.

The defeat of the US working class was the requisite condition for the renewal of US empire, which -- as much as we keep willing it to decline -- maintains its key role as the guardian of global capitalism. So claim Marxist political economists Sam Gindin and Leo Panitch, who in their magnum opus trace the extension of the capitalist system around the globe with the US at the helm. They discuss the political implications of this history for radicals.

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.

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