Wed 12.25.13 (WBAI) What Empire Ruins

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Wed 12.25.13 | Strange Brew

Rethinking Marxism






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In the US there are feminists and there are conservative Christian women. There's certainly no overlap -- or is there? Ellen Flournoy describes what the intersection of evangelical Christianity, postmodernity, and feminism looks like; she also points to the confluence of consumer capitalism and Christian ideals.

Tues 12.24.13 | Capitalist Dynamics

Cynthia Kaufman, Getting Past Capitalism: History, Vision, Hope Lexington Books, 2013 (paper)




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For people who oppose capitalism, what use are elections? Does it make sense to work to reform the capitalist system, or is more drastic action necessary? And by what mechanisms and forms of agency does capitalism perpetuate itself? Cynthia Kaufman believes a nuanced account of capitalism must inform efforts to challenge it.

Mon 12.23.13 | Bottom Billion Capitalism

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How do we help the billion-plus humans who live in extreme poverty? Is microfinance part of the answer, and how should we evaluate its connection to "bottom billion capitalism," the effort to integrate desperately poor people into global circulations of finance capital? Ananya Roy looks at how poverty is viewed and addressed.

Wed 12.18.13 | Assaults on the Public (Sector)

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Many nations' public sectors have been decimated by structural adjustment. James Pfeiffer describes what's happened; he also asserts that PEPFAR, which targets HIV-AIDS, degrades public systems, with tragic consequences for poor people. In Mozambique and elsewhere, PEPFAR funds lamentably go mostly to NGOs.

Tues 12.17.13 | The Idea of Haiti

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Haiti got rid of slavery long before supposedly enlightened nations like France and the US did. So what's the relationship between the banning of slavery in Haiti in 1804 and the way that nation has been systematically undermined? Nick Nesbitt offers an answer; he also relates the notion of “socialism in one country," propounded by Stalin, to the reality, over many decades, of antislavery in one country (Haiti).

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