1. Radical Interpretations of the Present Crisis, NYC, 11.14.12


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    A panel event held at the New School in New York City on November 14th, 2012. Loren Goldner ┇ David Harvey ┇ Andrew Kliman ┇ Paul Mattick Do we live in a crisis of capitalism today and, if so, of what sort — political? economic? social? Why do seemingly sophisticated leftist understandings of the world appear unable to assist in the task of changing it? Conversely, can the world be thought intelligible without our capacity to self-consciously transform it through practice? Can Marxism survive as an economics or social theory without politics? Is there capitalism after socialism? Featuring: • LOREN GOLDNER // Chief Editor of Insurgent Notes; ┇ Author: — Ubu Saved From Drowning: Class Struggle and Statist Containment in Portugal and Spain, 1974-1977 (2000), — "The Sky Is Always Darkest Just Before the Dawn: Class Struggle in the U.S. From the 2008 Crash to the Eve of Occupy" (2011) • DAVID HARVEY // Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography at the CUNY Grad Center; ┇ Author: — The Limits to Capital (1982), — The Condition of Postmodernity (1989), — A Brief History of Neoliberalism (2005), — "Why the US Stimulus Package is Bound to Fail" (2008) • ANDREW KLIMAN // Professor of Economics at Pace University; ┇ Contributing author to the Marxist-Humanist Initiative's (MHI's) With Sober Senses in 2009; ┇ Author: — Reclaiming Marx's "Capital": A Refutation of the Myth of Inconsistency (2007), — The Failure of Capitalist Production: Underlying Causes of the "Great Recession" (2012) • PAUL MATTICK // Professor of Economics, Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Adelphi University; ┇ Editor of The Brooklyn Rail ┇ Author: — Social Knowledge: An Essay on the Nature and Limits of Social Science (1986), — Business as Usual: The Economic Crisis and the Failure of Capitalism (2011) AUDIO VERSION: http://archive.org/details/RadicalInterpretationOfThePresentCrisisNyc11.14.12

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    • Radical Interpretations of the Present Crisis, Chicago, 12.3.12


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      A panel event held at the University of Chicago on December 3rd, 2012. RAYMOND LOTTA ┇ JOE PERSKY ┇ DAVID RUCCIO ┇ DAVID SCHEICKART The present moment is arguably one of unprecedented confusion on the Left. The emergence of many new theoretical perspectives on Marxism, anarchism, and the left generally seem rather than signs of a newfound vitality, the intellectual reflux of its final disintegration in history. As for the politics that still bothers to describe itself as leftist today, it seems no great merit that it is largely disconnected from the academic left’s disputations over everything from imperialism to ecology. Perhaps nowhere are these symptoms more pronounced than around the subject of the economy. As Marxist economics has witnessed of late a flurry of recent works, many quite involved in their depth and complexity, recent activism around austerity, joblessness, and non-transparency while quite creative in some respects seems hesitant to oppose with anything but nostalgia for the past the status quo mantra, “There is no Alternative.” At a time when the United States has entered the most prolonged slump since the Great Depression, the European project founders on the shoals of debt and nationalism. If the once triumphant neoliberal project of free markets for free people seems utterly exhausted, the “strange non-death of neo-liberalism,” as a recent book title has it, seems poised to carry on indefinitely. The need for a Marxist politics adequate to the crisis is as great as such a politics is lacking. And 2011 now seems to be fading into the past. In Greece today as elsewhere in Europe existing Left parties remain largely passive in the face of the crisis, eschewing radical solutions (if they even imagine such solutions to exist). In the United States, #Occupy has vanished from the parks and streets, leaving only bitter grumbling where there once seemed to be creativity and open-ended potential. In Britain, the 2011 London Riots, rather than political protest, was trumpeted as the shafted generation’s response to the crisis, overshadowing the police brutality that actually occasioned it. Finally, in the Arab world where, we are told the 2011 revolution is still afoot, it seems inconceivable that the revolution, even as it bears within it the hopes of millions, could alter the economic fate of any but a handful. While joblessness haunts billions worldwide, politicization of the issue seems chiefly the prerogative of the right. Meanwhile, the poor worldwide face relentless price rises in fuel and essential foodstuffs. The prospects for world revolution seem remote at best, even as bankers and fund managers seem to lament democracy’s failure in confronting the crisis. In this sense, it seems plausible to argue that there is no crisis at all, but simply the latest stage in an ongoing social regression. What does it mean to say that we face a crisis, after all, when there is no real prospect that anything particularly is likely to change, at least not for the better? In this opaque historical moment, Platypus wants to raise some basic questions: Do we live in a crisis of capitalism today and, if so, of what sort — political? economic? social? Why do seemingly sophisticated leftist understandings of the world appear unable to assist in the task of changing it? Conversely, can the world be thought intelligible without our capacity to self-consciously transform it through practice? Can Marxism survive as an economics or social theory without politics? Is there capitalism after socialism? AUDIO VERSION: http://archive.org/details/RadicalInterpretationsOfThePresentCrisisChicago12.3.12

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      • Loren Goldner, Oakland, September 2010


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        Writer and activist Loren Goldner contextualizes the current economic crisis and class struggles in a theory of capitalist development.

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        • [CU09]Marxism and crisis theory


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          Critique editor Hillel Ticktin opens up his series of three lectures on the capitalist crisis with a discussion of Marxist theories of crisis in order to establish their strengths and shortcomings.

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            Rethink your point of view with Intelligence Squared US, Oxford-style debates live in New York City. Launched in 2006, IQ2US can be heard on over 200 NPR stations across the country, and seen on the Bloomberg Television network. From global warming and the financial crisis, to Afghanistan/Pakistan and the death of mainstream media, IQ2US brings together the world’s leading authorities on the day’s most provocative issues. Witness an exciting battle of ideas, wit, and persuasion as the experts on both sides challenge your convictions. Best of all, your vote decides who has carried the day.

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            • NEXT STEPS: Sharing "METHODS of RENEWAL"


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              February 10, 2008 Economy Series: NEXT STEPS: Sharing Our "METHODS of RENEWAL with Debbe Kennedy and guest co-host thought-leader, Emily Duncan, former VP, Hewlett Packard. Key Questions Up for Discussion: How can you make UNCERTAINTY, CRISIS, and a NEW CALL for personal leadership a catalyst for growth and renewal and increased contribution? What can we learn from each other's unique "methods of RENEWAL" so we can take lessons home to tailor for our own success and contributions? Sign-up for future ONLINE DIALOGUES with Debbe Kennedy, Founder of the Global Dialogue Center and author, Putting Our Differences to Work at http://www.puttingourdifferencestowork.com/dialogues.html

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              • YIISA/IASA Conference: "Conceptual Approaches to Antisemitism"


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                Title: "Conceptual Approaches to Antisemitism" as part of YIISA/IASA "Global Antisemitism: A Crisis of Modernity" Conference Speakers: Nicolas Bechter, University of Vienna: "Anticapitalism and Antisemitism in the Current Economic Crisis" Heiko Beyer, University of Goettingen: "But There Are No Longer Any Antisemites: An Experimental Study on the Communication Latency of Antisemitic Attitudes" Robin Stoller, International Institute for Education and Research on Antisemitism (IIBSA): "Modern Capitalist Societies, Impersonal Power and Exploitation Structures, Nation States and Antisemitism" Date: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 Location: The Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism, Yale University, New Haven, CT

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                • The Impact of the Economic Crisis on Central and Eastern Europe


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                  When Romania and Bulgaria joined their Central and Eastern European neighbors in the European Union in early 2007, prospects for economic growth and stability in the region looked bright. Then, the September 2008 financial crisis in the U.S. quickly spread and produced a global recession whose effects are still felt today. Central and Eastern European countries were hit particularly hard: The average decline in GDP in these economies is expected to reach 6 percent in 2009, with some countries experiencing losses in the double digits. Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall and after two decades of successful political and economic reform, the countries of Central and Eastern Europe are facing difficult questions: Why have they been so vulnerable to the economic downturn? What went wrong? Did they exceed the “speed limit”? Did convergence with the EU play a role? Is their growth model damaged beyond repair, and is it time to seek a new model? What is the political impact of the crisis, and how will it affect democracy and governance? Boris Begovic, president of the Serbia-based Center for Liberal-Democratic Strategies, addresses these questions, with comments by Mitchell Orenstein.

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                  • Economic Myths, Markets, and Main Street


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                    Peter S. Goodman has been a national economic writer for the business section of The New York Times since October 2007. His book, Past Due: The End of Easy Money and the Renewal of the American Economy, chronicles the roots and consequences of the Great Recession, exploring the technology bubble of the 1990s, China's breakneck development, and the American real estate bubble, while considering how the nation may construct a new, more sustainable economy, perhaps focused on renewable energy and the life sciences. In his book Freefall: America, Free Markets, and the sinking of the World Economy, Joseph E. Stiglitz explains how America exported bad economics, bad policies, and bad behavior to the rest of the world, only to cobble together a haphazard and ineffective response when the markets finally seized up. Drawing on his expertise, Stiglitz outlines a way forward building on ideas that he has championed his entire career: restoring the balance between markets and government, addressing the inequalities of the global financial system, and demanding more good ideas (and less ideology) from economists. Freefall: http://books.wwnorton.com/books/978-0-393-07596-0/ Past Due: http://us.macmillan.com/pastdue

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                    • The last farmer (English subtitle) a documentary by Giuliano Girelli


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                      www.thelastfarmer.org The Last Farmer neoliberism, globalization and small farmers a documentary by Giuliano Girelli (Indonesia, Guatemala, Burkina Faso, Italy 2011 - 90 min.) Produced by Mais ong, as part of the Creating Coherence project financed by the European Commission. Co/produced by Associazione Documè and Babydoc Film The agriculture of farmers produces food for 70% of the planet’s population, whereas industrial agriculture covers no more than 30% of it. Nonetheless 2.8 million people in the world live on less than 2 dollars a day. Most of these people are farmers or ex-farmers who now live in shanty towns of one of the big cities of the world. This documentary is about them, about globalization and therefore also about us. The Last Farmer explores the dramatic consequences of neoliberism and of globalization on the lives of small farmers in the world and follows the unfolding of a day’s events for Baldomera in Guatemala, Agi in Indonesia and Aloise in Burkina Faso. It includes interviews with Luciano Gallino, Hira Jhamtani, Giorgio Cingolani, Magaly Rey Rosa, Mamadou Goita and Roberto Schellino. Director’s notes: While I was in Indonesia carrying out a first round of research on the small agriculture in Asia, I met Agi, a farmer from the island of Bali. It was in fact by spending a few days with him and his family with the purpose of doing some first shots that I realised that also our documentary should be built according to the criteria of being coherent with the subject we were treating. Because of this, rather than travelling around the world myself to gather other stories about small farmers, I decided to contact some friends of mine who are documentarians in Guatemala and Burkina Faso, so that they could be the ones to tell the story of their land and of their people. It was a little bit like creating a “zero food miles” documentary, a film which would try to avoid – where possible – the presence of an exclusively “Western” point of view on things. Credits direction: Giuliano Girelli video Editing: Giuliano Girelli e Enrico Giovannone (babydoc film) camerawork in Indonesia: Giuliano Girelli e Sara Scappin camerawork in Guatemala: Victorino Tejaxun Alquijay camerawork in Burkina Faso: Abdoul M. Compaore camerawork in Italia: Giuliano Girelli e Francesco Bordino audio mix: Niccolò Bosio music: Giuliano Girelli and Niccolò Bosio Farmers Indonesia: I Ketut Sumiatra Guatemala: Baldomera Xunic Burkina faso: Eloïse Ouedraogo Italy: Roberto Schellino Experts Italy: Prof.Luciano Gallino (sociologist, economist) and Giorgio Cingolani (agrarian economist) Indonesia: Hira Jhamtani (environmental activist) Guatemala: Magali Rey Rosa (environmental activist) Mali: Mamadou Goïta (network of African farmer societies ROPPA)

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