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Tues 4.22.14 | Collective Acts

Free Association, Moments of Excess: Movements, Protest, and Everyday Life PM Press, 2011




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To what degree do past ideas and forms of organizing help or hinder emergent social movements?  Two members of the UK-based Free Association, Keir Milburn and David Harvie, reflect on the potentially transformative experience of collective action. They discuss the openings and problems that were faced by the antiglobalization movement and, in the wake of the global financial crisis, the recent movements against austerity.

Mon 4.21.14 | Reclus's Radical Vision

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Elisée Reclus was a social geographer and anarchist who, according to John Clark, introduced a strongly ecological dimension to anarchist thinking. Clark describes the various forms of domination that the French thinker observed and detested, and discusses the process of historical investigation that Reclus believed was essential to forging societies that functioned in harmony with each other and with the earth.

Wed 4.16.14 | Wasting Away

Tristram Stuart, Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal Norton, 2009





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Could it be that what we don't eat is destroying our environment? Historian Tristram Stuart argues that the vast amount of food that is wasted by manufacturers, supermarkets, farmers, and consumers -- up to 50 percent of food grown in this country -- has massive ecological consequences, leading to the depletion of the oceans, the decimation of rainforests to grow grains for livestock, and mountains of methane-emitting landfills. (Encore presentation.)

Tues 4.15.14 | Celebrating KPFA's 65th Birthday

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Mon 4.14.14 | Harnessing the South African Nation

Gillian Hart, Rethinking the South African Crisis: Nationalism, Populism, Hegemony U. of Georgia Press, 2014





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When the African National Congress came to power in South Africa in 1994, following the end of racialized apartheid, it was a euphoric moment. But, as Gillian Hart argues, the reality of the ANC's rule has been disappointing for many, as the new government instituted policies benefiting corporate capital. The South African geographer discusses the shaky position of the ANC after twenty years in power and the uses of nationalism in the post-apartheid era. 

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