Mon 9.08.14 | When Doctors Err

S. Lochlann Jain, Malignant: How Cancer Becomes Us UC Press, 2013

S. Lochlann Jain, Injury: The Politics of Product Design and Safety Law in the United States Princeton U. Press, 2006

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Medical error is, by some estimates, the third leading cause of death in the US. So does the medical malpractice system work to compensate patients (or their heirs)? According to Lochlann Jain, that system has been gutted by physicians, by insurance companies, and by lawmakers influenced by industry propaganda. (Encore presentation.)

Wed 9.03.14 | No Alternative?

Richard Swift, SOS Alternatives to Capitalism New Internationalist, 2014

 

 

 

 

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Since the global financial crisis, capitalism has been seen as the culprit for so many of the world's woes, from inequality to the destruction of the environment. Yet no other system appears to be viable. But is that in fact the case? Journalist Richard Swift assesses anarchism, state socialism, social democracy, and the left turn in Latin America. He makes the case for eco-socialism and degrowth.

Tues 9.02.14 | Agamben on State Power and "Bare Life"

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How foundational are violence and coercion to Western sovereign authority? According to Giorgio Agamben, states of emergency have become not the exception but the rule, and the individual has been reduced by state power to "bare life" to an alarming degree. Adam Kotsko explains and interprets the Italian theorist's influential ideas.

Mon 9.01.14 | Human Trafficking

Flores-González et al., eds., Immigrant Women Workers in the Neoliberal Age U. of Illinois Press, 2013

Grace Chang, Disposable Domestics: Immigrant Women Workers in the Global Economy South End Press, 2000

Banteay Srei

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A landmark federal law prohibits human trafficking, but Grace Chang asserts that the US sponsors human trafficking. She also contests both the federal antitrafficking regime's emphasis on sex trafficking as well as claims, sometimes made by feminists, that prostitution is inherently coercive. (Encore presentation.)

Wed 8.27.14 | Engaging the State, Stopping Global Warming

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Does the radical left need to stop worrying and learn to love the state? Marxist writer Christian Parenti argues that, if global warming is to be halted, it will only be through activism directed at shaping government policy. He also discusses what Alexander Hamilton -- the first Treasury Secretary of the United States -- might be able to teach us about the predicament we're in.

Tues 8.26.14 | We Are All Criminals

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People with criminal records are, too often, written off by society. Is that fair, asks Emily Baxter, given that we've all violated the law at one time or another? Baxter's project collects and disseminates the stories of crimes people got away with, often because of their class or race privilege.

 

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