Tues 1.13.15 | Profiting from Global Warming

McKenzie Funk, Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming Penguin, 2014

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Getting rich off of global warming may seem like the ultimate cynical business plan. But corporations are hedging their bets on unchecked climate change and the opportunities it affords. Journalist McKenzie Funk reports about the very lucrative business to be made from the deleterious effects of climate change, from opened shipping lanes in the melting Arctic to newly exposed mineral deposits, from food production on previously inhospitable land to the sale of artificial snow to the Alps.

Mon 1.12.15 | Tea Party Reaction

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Does the Tea Party push a politics of fear? A Tea Party grouping in Florida studied by Deana Rohlinger began by projecting an inclusive identity, but changed its tune after the political candidates it backed won office. Then, in response to the emergence of the Occupy movement, the group shifted its identity yet again.

Wed 1.07.15 | What's the Good Life?

Thomas Hurka, The Best Things in Life: A Guide to What Really Mattters Oxford U. Press, 2010

 

 

 

 

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Many philosophers over the years and centuries have urged us to live a good life. But they've often disagreed about what a good life consists of. Thomas Hurka maintains that there are four intrinsic "goods": pleasure, knowledge, achievement, and virtue. He discusses each, bringing in the ideas of Nietzsche, Marx, and others. (Encore presentation.)

Tues 1.06.15 | The Radical Imagination

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According to Alex Khasnabish, we're in the midst of a double crisis, one hammering the general population and the other affecting the work of radical activists. Khasnabish believes that the radical imagination, a collective process that animates social movements, must be nurtured and prioritized. He counterposes the radical imagination to capitalist imaginaries that are foisted on people desperately seeking economic security.

Mon 1.05.15 | A Look Back

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Highlights from the past year, including Ted Brown on socialism's development; Adam Kotsko on Giorgio Agamben's understanding of state power; Sarah Nilsen on TV portrayals of race relations; Gilbert Achcar on what's often called the Arab Spring; and Max Haiven on the logic and impact of financialization.

Wed 12.31.14 | Not Just War

Gentry and Eckert, eds., The Future of Just War: New Critical Essays U. of Georgia Press, 2014

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What happens to the morality of conducting war when the US can kill enemy soldiers without putting the lives of its own personnel in jeopardy? Sebastian Kaempf asserts that  the trend toward increasingly one-sided, technology-driven, "risk-free" US warfare makes the killing of enemy forces impossible to justify in moral terms even under the established, widely accepted Just War tradition. (Encore presentation.)

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