Sunday, December 27, 2009

The (Im)possibility of Revolution


Chris Knight, Hillel Ticktin and William Dixon debate:


Thursday 21st January, 7.15pm, Room B102, Brunei Gallery,
SOAS, University of London, Thornaugh St. WC1 (Russell Square tube)

At the next election millions will vote for pro-capitalist political parties that offer little except cutbacks and austerity. Despite economic crisis, climate chaos and disastrous wars, people see no alternative to capitalism – and revolution seems, at best, an impossible dream.

Yet all three speakers at this debate believe this situation cannot last indefinitely. Their differing interpretations of anthropology, economics and history each show that a 21st Century global revolution is a real possibility – not just a dream.

Could they be right? Come and join the debate.

Chris Knight is an anthropology lecturer, sacked for his involvement in the G20 anti-capitalist protests, and author of Blood Relations, Menstruation and the Origins of Culture.

Hillel Ticktin is editor of Critique, a Journal of Socialist Theory.

William Dixon is a Mute magazine contributor.

(The speakers' names link to interesting articles.)

Check the
Critique and Radical Anthropology Group websites in 2010 for further meetings in London.

Please publicise widely, thanks.

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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Socialist Studies


Socialist Studies: The Journal of the Society for Socialist Studies has just published its latest issue at:

This issue is a "re-launch" of the journal, featuring expanded content, a new design, additional reading and navigation tools, and an option to download or print the entire issue as a single file. We hope these changes make the journal more useful, and welcome your comments.

We invite you to review the Table of Contents here and then visit our web site to review articles and items of interest.

Thanks for the continuing interest in our work,
Chad D Thompson & Elaine Coburn, Editors
Socialist Studies: The Journal of the Society for Socialist StudiesVol 5, No 2 (2009)

Table of Contents

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Editorial Note
Re-Launching Socialist Studies
Elaine Coburn, Chad D Thompson

What is Socialism? What are Socialist Studies?
Elaine Coburn


Philosophy at the Service of History: Marx and the need for critical philosophy today
Jeffrey Noonan


Alex Levant

Leninism: It's Not What You Think
Paul Kellogg

Strategy, Meta-strategy and Anti-capitalist Activism: Rethinking Leninismby Re-reading Lenin
Stephen D'Arcy

Lenin's Aggressive Unoriginality, 1914-1916
Lars T Lih

Media, Arts, and Culture

Ipsographing the Dubject; or, The Contradictions of Twitter
Mark A McCutcheon

Review Essays

Social Science and the Afghan War: Canadian Perspectives
Jerome Klassen

The Political Economy of Food
Ian Hussey

Book Reviews

Aziz Choudry et al. Fight Back: Workplace Justice for Immigrants
Sheila Wilmot

G.A. Cohen. Why Not Socialism?
Frank Cunningham

Terry Gibbs & Garry Leech. The Failure of Global Capitalism: From Cape Breton to Columbia and Beyond
Adam Belton

Roberto J Gonzalez. American Counterinsurgency: Human Science and the HumanTerrain
Ryan Toews

Sean P. Hier et al. Racism and Justice: Critical Dialogue on the Politics of Identity, Inequality, and Change
Amanda Glasbeek

Jasmin Hristov. Blood & Capital: The Paramilitarization of Colombia
Henry Veltmeyer

Fuyuki Kurasawa. The Work of Global Justice: Human Rights as Practices
Elaine Coburn

Judy Rebick. Transforming Power: From the Personal to the Political
Tammy Findlay

Göran Therborn. From Marxism to Post-Marxism?
William K Carroll

Mark P Thomas. Regulating Flexibility: The Political Economy of Employment Standards
Bryan Mitchell Evans

Calls for Papers and Proposals

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Friday, December 4, 2009

Michael Jackson, 1985-2009: A Musical Genius


Ruth Rikowski has written a substantial new article on Michael Jackson. She analyses the nature of his phenomenal talent, his personal life and personae and the social forces making for the tragedy of his ultimate demise. Ruth draws some parallels between the life and genius of Michael Jackson and Mozart.

You can read Ruth’s article on Michael Jackson at:

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Learning Outcomes: The Absurd Becomes Logical


This is the title of a topical and important new paper by John J. Crocitti, Professor of History, San Diego Mesa College which is now available at The Flow of Ideas web site.

As Professor Crocitti notes:

“Ultimately, the drive towards SLO [Student Learning Outcomes] constitutes an effort by politicians, business people, opportunist professors and bureaucrats to deskill and control academic labor in the manner that management applied Taylorism to industrial labor during the early twentieth century”

The article can be viewed at:

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