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The following lectures by David Graeber, Chris Hedges, and Jonathan Nitzan are well worth the time. They’re a really good summery of what ails our society, and they complement each other quite well.
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Michel Bauwens, Founder of the P2P Foundation, has recorded four short videos describing the FLOK Society’s pioneering research project in Ecuador. FLOK stands for “Free, Libre, Open Knowledge,” and the FLOK Society is a government-sponsored project to imagine how Ecuador might make a strategic transition to a workable post-capitalist knowledge economy. As Research Director of the project, Michel and his team are exploring the practical challenges of making commons-based peer production a widespread, feasible reality as a matter of national policy and law.
Slavoj Zizek, Slovenian critical theorists extraordinaire, has drawn the ire of academics after a blogger alleged that he had plagiarized from a white supremacist magazine.
Afghanistan Analysts Network reported on July 9 that “he [Abdullah Abdullah] told the crowd that he had received phone calls from both U.S. President Barack Obama and State Secretary John Kerry and had been told that Kerry would make a stop-over in Kabul on Friday. It was clear he wanted to see what could come of that.”
The US philosopher Noam Chomsky has called on Iran to release the female journalist Marzieh Rasouli who was jailed last week to endure a sentence of 50 lashes and two years in prison.
Andrew Kliman, author of "Reclaiming Marx's Capital", speaks about the Marxist theory of capitalist crisis. This interview was filmed on April 19th, 2009. Kliman speaks about Marx's theory of crisis- the Falling Rate of Profit- and critiques some of the other theories of crisis that are floating around out there. He also comments on the state of academic Marxism, the public reception of his research on the transformation problem, and envisioning alternatives to capitalism.
For the second interview with Noam I chose to dicsuss the Sunni and Shiite conflict. I met Noam at his MIT office on 1st October 2013.
Slavoj Žižek is perhaps the highest-grossing Marxist continental philosopher. But there’s always been the suspicion that the purported Communist is a bit of a prankster and put-on artist.
Cuban society will not achieve true social emancipation and decolonization without breaking with these power relations, which persist within capitalism and socialism alike.
Wall Street is celebrating, but much of America is still struggling with declining household income, higher prices for products and low interest rates for savings.
There has been a real renewal of interest in Karl Marx's masterpiece Capital in recent years.
A: In general, I shy away from questions about how a future socialist system will work but in the Russian revolution the original intent was to only expropriate the big capitalists. In the immediate period, however, a policy of War Communism led to the expropriation of all privately owned firms, large and small. This was a function more of the need to disempower a middle class that was hostile to the revolution rather than comply with any socialist blueprint—which of course Marx never intended to begin with.
The 'antagonism' of the Kantian notion of freedom (as the most concise expression of the antagonism of freedom in the bourgeois life itself) does not reside where Adorno locates it (the autonomously self-imposed law means that freedom coincides with self-enslavement and self-domination, that the Kantian "spontaneity" is in actu its opposite, utter self-control, thwarting of all spontaneous impetuses), but "much more on the surface":  for Kant as for Rousseau, the greatest moral good is to lead a fully autonomous life as a free rational agent, and the worst evil subjection to the will of another; however, Kant has to concede that man does not emerge as a free mature rational agent spontaneously, through his/her natural development, but only through the arduous process of maturation sustained by harsh discipline and education which cannot but be experienced by the subject as imposed on his/her freedom, as an external coercion:
"Sharing economy," "peer economy," "collaborative economy," and "collaborative consumption." What does it all mean? Collaboration thinking pioneer Rachel Botsman breaks it down.
In 1971, the United States, under pressure from international economic forces, was forced to abandon the gold standard. Yet forty years later, labor theorists have failed to come to grips with that event and refuse to acknowledge what it signified: the final collapse of production on the basis of exchange value, as was predicted by Karl Marx in 1858. This incapacity to recognize Marx’s prediction in the actual events of 1971, probably more than any other single event in 20th century history, demonstrates the utter and complete failure of the post-war Marxist school.
The Reverend Bill Wylie-Kellerman sat down with nine others blocking the entrance of the facility where Homrich Wrecking’s water shutoff trucks were set to leave for the day. (Nooo, we can't let that happen.
Despite blather about our “democratic capitalism,” stock ownership is increasingly concentrated with the wealthy as the middle class retrenches.
San Francisco - Cuban economist and ex-guerilla combatant Orland Borrego, who fought alongside Che Guevara during the Cuban revolution, will be advising Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro on how to establish a "total re-structuring" of the Venezuelan economy.
Noam Chomsky rightly recognizes the injustices done to Palestinians, as well as the US role in perpetuating those injustices.
The U.S.'s sledgehammer worldview is destroying countless lives and future generations.
Rio de Janeiro.
This summer I finally overcame my fear of getting real, and have embarked on that old left journey, the reading ofCapital. While I'm taking on Volume 1 with some good people, I'd like to publicly collect my general impressions that don't find their way into our weekly conversations, which tend to be more technical and about whatever interests the group shares. This is the first of what will be an ongoing "series" of posts tracking my grasping at an overall vision of the capitalist mode of production — a much grasped-at thing — and on the process of reading the seminal text. So here's my first impression.
Michael Parenti on the Cuban Revolution: http://t.co/KW1qPVsKzr @MichaelParenti