Category: Broad Theory

Marcello Musto: Labor’s Battle Against Exploitation By Capital, 150 Years Ago

On September 28, 1864, the International Working Men’s Association was founded in London. It became the prototype of all organizations of the Labor movement, which both reformists and revolutionaries subsequently took to be their point of reference.

John Baker: Investigating Equality

Can you give an overview of key outlines of the field of equality studies, and of the work carried out by the Equality Studies Centre at the University College Dublin?   We think that the central concerns of equality studies can be expressed in terms of six interrelated sets of questions: 1. What are the Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: The Responsibility of Intellectuals, Part II

Transcript of Z Video DVD The Chomsky Sessions One: The Responsibility of Intellectuals, an interview with Noam Chomsky and Michael Albert (http://www.zcomm.org/zstore/products/114). See Responsibility of Intellectuals, Part I here.    So, the solution, whether we're talking about intellectuals or journalists, isn't in the genes of the people, it's in the structure of the situations that Read more…

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Cornel West: MLK Would Want Revolution, Not a Memorial

THE Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial was to be dedicated on the National Mall on Sunday — exactly 56 years after the murder of Emmett Till in Mississippi and 48 years after the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. (Because of Hurricane Irene, the ceremony has been postponed.) These events constitute major milestones Read more…

Tithi Bhattacharya: The Relevance of Harry Potter

How do historians understand how people lived or, or more importantly what they thought, in the past? For most of human history the vast majority of ordinary people, as opposed to members of the ruling class, did not know how to read or write, so they did not leave us any written record of their Read more…

Dave Edwards: A ‘Malign Intellectual Subculture’ – George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens

On June 13, George Monbiot devoted his Guardian column to naming and shaming a 'malign intellectual subculture that seeks to excuse savagery by denying the facts'. 'The facts', Monbiot noted, 'are the genocides in Bosnia and Rwanda.' In a piece that recalled the iconic scene from The Usual Suspects, Monbiot lined up Noam Chomsky, Edward Herman, David Peterson, Read more…

Doug Singsen: What Bloombergville Achieved

FROM JUNE 14 to July 5, activists in New York City organized a sidewalk encampment across from City Hall [1], dubbed Bloombergville, to protest the draconian cuts and layoffs proposed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Inspired by the much larger occupations in Wisconsin, Egypt, Spain and Greece, a stretch of sidewalk in the heart of downtown New York Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Heard the One About the Child and the Blood Money?

The book bazaar stands just opposite the main gates of Tehran University, a line of "libraries" of Persian poetry, American obstetrics manuals, English literature and novels translated from Russian, French and Italian authors. It's a good place to while away a hot afternoon – far from the ladies and gentlemen of the Ministry of Islamic Read more…

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Charley Earp: This Earthling’s Philosophy

I. Love, Philosophy, & Revolution I confess that I have been madly in love with philosophy since I was 18 years old. Reading my first book on religious philosophy and learning of the powerful ideas of Aquinas, Hegel, and Kierkegaard set me on a path seeking universal truths and the meaning of life. These days Read more…

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Max Haiven: Undead Ideologies: Necro-Neoliberalism, Necro-Keynesianism and the Radical Imagination

The 2008 financial crisis has left us bereft of any meaningful mainstream political imagination. Indeed, the political spectrum today appears like a preposterous zombie film, with undead ideologies shambling across the airwaves and internet hungry for brains and tenaciously clinging to this mortal coil, if not their actual life or dynamism. Henry Giroux, for one, Read more…

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