1. Interview w/ Thomas Jefferson Libertarian US House candidate Kansas 4th District


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    8/31/2012 (Friday) interview hosted by Thomas w/ libertarianprogressive.com - w/ Thomas Jefferson - a Libertarian candidate who is running for the US House of Representatives in Kansas district 4 - 2012. If you like these interviews & the information, spread the word + share + like + subscribe + comment + favorite http://libertarianprogressive.com https://twitter.com/libertarianprog 1) Intro 2) 3) 4) 5) http://www.jeffersonforcongress.com/ . November 6th, 2012 is election day - a November to remember - 50+ candidates elected to Congress who are Independent & 3rd party representatives & who will adhere to their oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America - will be a "shot heard 'round the world"

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    • Third Parties and the Left: Problems and Prospects


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      Electoral politics are a longstanding problem for the U.S. left. In recent decades, a number of parties have formed as an alternative to the Democratic Party: the Labor Party, the Green Party, and now, the Justice Party. However, these parties risk becoming little more than networks of activists or pressure groups on the Democratic Party, and it still remains unclear whether a serious electoral challenge to the Democratic Party is possible. Many progressives blame the “first-past-the-post” structure of U.S. elections, contra labour-friendly parliamentary systems; yet others insist that this procedural focus is misplaced. Leninists charge some quarters of the Left with misunderstanding the proper relationship of the party to the state; but for many, it remains unclear how State and Revolution bears upon the present. Most activists grant the desirability of a viable party to the left of the Democrats, but why exactly such a party is desirable-- to win reforms? to spread emancipatory consciousness?-- is contested as well. These are old questions for the American left-- as old as Henry George, Daniel De Leon, and the 1930s American Labor Party, perhaps the high point of independent electoral politics in the U.S. This panel will investigate several contemporary approaches to electoral politics to draw out the theories that motivate Leftist third parties; it will also ask how the historical achievements and failures of third parties bear upon the present. Nikil Saval is an editor at n+1, and a co-editor of Occupy!: Scenes from Occupied America (Verso, 2011). He is currently writing a history of office design and white-collar work. Lenny Brody is an activist, student of political change, printing industry worker, and descendant of union organizers. He fought with Martin Luther King, Jr. in the civil rights movement and refused induction during the Vietnam War. Mr. Brody has been active in local elections and in the Dennis Kucinich campaigns. He is a member of the Justice Party National Steering Committee and is working to build an independent political movement that will empower the victims of the current economic crisis. Jason Wright, a contributor to the IBT's journal, 1917, began his career on the left in support of the Democratic Socialists of America. Breaking with DSA in opposition to the 1991 US invasion of Iraq, he spent several years in the Revolutionary Workers League. Disenchanted with the RWL’s mindless hyper-activism, Wright undertook a study of Trotskyism. He concluded that the Revolutionary Tendency of the Socialist Workers Party represented the continuation of Trotskyism and joined the IBT. Katie Robbins is an activist and member of Healthcare-NOW! NYC and Healthcare for the 99%, a working group of Occupy Wall Street. Katie was national organizer with Healthcare-NOW! from 2008 - 2011 during the national healthcare debate. With doctors, nurses, and other advocates, she was arrested in May 2009 in the Senate Finance Committee asking for single-payer healthcare to be considered as a solution to the healthcare crisis when it was systematically ignored by policy makers. An audio recording of this event can be found at: http://archive.org/details/ThirdPartiesAndTheLeftProblemsAndProspects

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      • Occupy Wall Street Social Media Town Hall


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        • Finance Capital and Occupy: Marxist Perspectives


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          OWS has put the focus on finance capital as a driver of inequality, and on the need for political action to address it. But what is the function of finance capital in the modern world, and how should our politics address it? This panel will bring together various Marxist and anarchist perspectives on finance capital. Radhika Desai is Professor at the Department of Political Studies, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. She is the author of Slouching Towards Ayodhya: From Congress to Hindutva in Indian Politics (2nd rev ed, 2004) and Intellectuals and Socialism: 'Social Democrats' and the Labour Party (1994), She edited Developmental and Cultural Nationalisms in 2009. She is co-editing Volume 27 of Research in Political Economy with Paul Zarembka. Alan Freeman is co-editor of the ‘Future of World Capitalism’ book series and is a former economist at the Greater London Authority. He wrote ‘The Benn Heresy’ and co-edited two books on value theory and, with Boris Kagarlitsky, ‘The Political Economy of Empire and the Crisis of Globalisation.’ With Andrew Kliman he co-edits the new critical pluralist journal Critique of Political Economy.’ Andrew Kliman, a professor of economics at Pace University, is the author of The Failure of Capitalist Production: Underlying Causes of the Great Recession and Reclaiming Marx’s “Capital”: A Refutation of the Myth of Inconsistency. He and Alan Freeman edit Critique of Political Economy, a new scholarly online journal. Many of his writings are available at akliman.squarespace.com and With Sober Senses, marxist-humanist-initiative.org/our-publication, Marxist-Humanist Initiative’s publication. Costas Panayotakis is Associate Professor of Sociology at CUNY's New York City College of Technology and author of Remaking scarcity: from capitalist inefficiency to economic democracy. An audio version can be found at: http://www.archive.org/details/FinanceCapitalAndOccupyMarxistPerspectives

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          • Owned & Operated


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            Owned & Operated is a mosaic of the world through the lens of the internet. Showing our lives as consumers, under the thumbs of privileged individuals and their methods of control. But the world is awakening, and the experience is something outside the normal rules of social interaction, causing excitement in those who are not served by the current system... and fear in those who are pampered by it. This documentary attempts to present these events using the video, audio and written content uploaded to the internet by the collective human consciousness comprised of every individual participant. Oh yes, change is coming... and it will be more dramatic than anybody can imagine. ---- This is a community project. If you'd like to get involved, check out our website at http://www.crackinfilms.com

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            • This Red Door presents: "occupy Kara Walker"


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              This Red Door presents: “occupy Kara Walker” With the 2008 publication of “Kara Walker Yes/No/? ” by Howardina Pindell et. al. an ever relevant discussion resurfaced regarding the artist’s responsibility to her community. The Occupy Wall St. movements have brought to the forefront a disconnect between individualism in the powerful worlds of finance and politics and the collectivist power of the people in the disenfranchised majority. If diversity, education and not-for-profit art spaces represent (some of) the expressions of progressive art movements, in such movements what is the place of the “rampant individualist” model of artist? What of the “genius” model that only recently has become a site of gender, racial, ethnic inclusion? By what mechanisms does a practicing artist become an “art star” (as individualist); what are the limits, goals or responsibilities of this appellation? Sunday, Oct. 30th, 2011 Kara Walker offered that part of her identity (“art star”) up for inquiry about the contradictory role of the artist within the Occupy movement. Presented by "This Red Door" Format: "Work & Discussion" - Open group and visitor round table discussion, no lecture Moderators: Jomar Statkun, Christopher Stackhouse & Jared Friedman Within This Red Door, "Work & Discussion" is a series of conversations between creators, thinkers, and good talkers about subjects ranging from art, literature, performance, utilitarian labor, education and teaching, scholarship, and ways of living. “This Red Door” is a collaborative attempt by artists Jomar Statkun, Jared Friedman, and Christopher Stackhouse to expand terms and conditions that may define ‘studio practice’. Our room behind the door is a discursive space where we integrate an address to the plastic arts through a salon styled rotation of objects, tandem lectures, informal talks, literary readings, film/video screenings, short plays, music, dinner parties, among other kinds of impromptu gatherings and aleatory occurrences. It is our hope that an open ended interpretation of art and social functionality treated this way will inspire non-hierarchical secular discussion between artists and the general public about topics including arts education, politics, barter economies, social capital, personal taste and opinion, and friendship. To develop a porous group conversation that is inviting to strangers and old familiars alike is the goal. We plan to keep the door to our studio open (literally) as often as we can. Whether we are working there, having an event, or just entertaining friends and acquaintances, we welcome visitors interested in experiencing the place upon which they are entering. "occupy Kara Walker" This Red Door 2011 Thank you to Kara Walker Video: Francesse Maingrette & Aram Jibilian Thank you to Painting Space 122 Thank you to all those who participated This Red Door www.thisreddoor.com

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              • venusplusx – Alison Gardner and Dan Massey


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                Giulio Prisco interviews venusplusx.org polymaths Alison Gardner and Dan Massey on sexual freedom, the occupy movement, transhumanism, the singularity, physics, religion and spirituality, and their forthcoming book. LGBT rights and quantum entanglement in the same talk. See: http://telexlr8.wordpress.com/2012/01/02/venusplusx-alison-gardner-and-dan-massey/

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                • The Significance of Art in the Occupy Movement


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                  The Occupy Wall Street movement (OWS) has altered conceptions of the international socio-political environment on the left, and has accordingly sent shock-waves throughout the realm of art and culture. In solidarity with OWS, artists took their work to the streets, creating on-site carnivalesque performances as forms of protest. Artists globally designed posters and logos to collectively construct the aesthetic appeal of the movement, and more significantly, diverse groups of artists organized to "Occupy Museums," such as the MoMA, the Frick Collection, and New Museum, critiquing them as as "temples of cultural elitism." Occupy Museums claims that the mainstream art world circuit is complicit in neoliberal capitalism and caters to the interests of the "1%." Overall, OWS has renewed a sense of political urgency within the art world that has up to now been relegated to the margins. This panel critically investigates the role of art and culture in the Occupy movement, and how OWS has affected the infrastructure of the mainstream art world. What role does art play in the political struggles that OWS seeks to accomplish? In what ways is OWS a resource for creating change in the way art is produced, received, and distributed? These questions, among others, will act as the touchstone for artists and cultural theorists to asses how art and politics affect each other as the OWS continues to take form. Noah Fischer is a Brooklyn-based artist originally from north of San Francisco. He has exhibited kinetic art installations, photographs, and sculpture in New York, Europe, and India. He has also worked collaboratively with the Berlin-based performance group andcompany&Co. Noah initiated Occupy Subways and Occupy Museums in the first weeks of OWS. Noah is the curator of the No-Eyes Viewing Wall at Brooklyn Zen Center. Maria Byck is a video artist and activist. She was part of the Congress of the Collectives at Flux Factory. With the Occupy Wall Street movement, she has worked on programming RevTalks and the Empowerment and Education Open Forum series, and collaborates with the live streaming media team. She is a member of Occupy Cinema and Occupy Museums. Maria has been a member of the Paper Tiger Television video collective since 2005. She has a Masters in Media Studies from the New School. Ross Wolfe is a graduate student at the University of Chicago focusing on early Soviet history, Marxism, critical theory, avant-garde art and architecture, contemporary political issues (activism, anticapitalism, environmentalism), and radical utopianism. An audio recording of this event can be found at: http://archive.org/details/TheSignificanceOfArtInTheOccupyMovement

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                  • Freedom to Occupy? Reclaiming Space and Reinventing Protest


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                    Feb 27, 2012 With Radhika Balakrishnan, Helena Ribeiro, & Ken Wark. Moderated by Moustafa Bayoumi The Occupy Movement, originating at Wall Street, but spreading rapidly across the country and the globe, represents an important moment in the history of political protest. It captured public imagination and shifted the terrain of political discourse. This panel brings together scholars and activists to discuss the strategies of the Occupy Movement to reclaim space, interrogate contemporary economic policy, rally the “99%” and rethink the meaning of democracy. The speakers will examine how the Occupy Movement may or may not be a lens to explore freedom as a democratic, anti-capitalist, nonhierarchical, feminist, and anti-racist practice. Co-sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Seminar in the Humanities

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                    • 2011, 1999, 1968 — and 2012? The history of the Left and #Occupy


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                      The two historical precedents for #Occupy are Seattle in 1999 and Paris in May 1968. The 1960s and 1990s saw the rise of anarchism against otherwise predominant liberal, social-democratic and Marxist tendencies. One difference in 2011 is democratic discontents in a period of economic crisis, whereas the mid- to late-20th century crises of the Fordist state and alterglobalization took place in periods of prosperity. How does the history of two preceding historical generations of the Left inform the present movement, and how might the present movement go beyond them? How is this a time for renewal on the Left? What might be the challenges for continuing Occupy Wall Street during deepening crisis and in the time of a general election in the U.S.? Brooke Lehman is a faculty member at the Institute for Social Ecology and a longtime activist. She is on the Board of Smartmeme, the Brecht Forum, and Yansa, and spends most of her time organizing with Occupy Wall Street. Dave Haak is an organizer of Occupy Your Workplace. An audio recording of this event can be found at: http://archive.org/details/201119991968--And2012TheHistoryOfTheLeftAndoccupy

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