Wed 1.11.12 | Anti-Authoritarian Politics

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It's been the strongest current of radical politics to emerge in North America since the early 1990s. Anarchist organizer and scholar Chris Dixon discusses anti-authoritarian, anti-capitalist, and non-sectarian politics, exploring the sources of its strengths and the problems that beset it.  He also talks about how anti-authoritarian ideas and practices have shaped the Occupy movement.

Tues 1.10.12 | The New Geography of Need

Hayward & Swanstrom, eds., Justice and the American Metropolis U. of Minnesota Press, 2011




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The fact of glaring inequalities in income and wealth has been placed front and center by the Occupy movement. But where, in this country, does poverty reside? Margaret Weir describes the dramatically shifting geography of inequality and poverty in metropolitan areas. She also highlights the suburbanization of poverty, as well as the strong anti-poor bias built into local policymaking.

Mon 1.09.12| Rosa Luxemburg's Legacy

Annelies Laschitza, Georg Adler, and Peter Hudis, eds., Letters of Rosa Luxemburg Verso, 2011




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Proponent of the mass strike and socialist democracy, advocate of anticapitalism and anti-imperialism -- Rosa Luxemburg is a thinker for our tumultuous times. Peter Hudis, editor of the planned 14-volume The Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg, talks about the pioneering Marxist theoretician and leader, and explains why her radical politics and vision endure nearly a century after her assassination.

Wed 1.04.12| The 1946 Oakland General Strike

Stan Weir, 1946: The Oakland General Strike







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Times change, but struggles continue in different forms and with different tactics. In a radio documentary about the Oakland general strike of 1946 made by KPFA producers three decades ago, participants tell the story of what was called a "work holiday." They discuss the context in which the strike took place, how it unfolded and shut the city down, and the ways it transformed those involved.

Tues 1.03.12| Indigenous Rebellions

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and John Womack, Jr., Dreams of Revolution: Oklahoma, 1917 Monthly Review

Dan Berger, ed., The Hidden 1970s: Histories of Radicalism Rutgers, 2010


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Insurrection and resistance are as much a part of the history of these lands as dispossession and occupation. Native American historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz has made it her life's work to shine a light on such history, which is so often hidden. She discusses the little-known Green Corn Rebellion in 1917, as well as the struggles of Native peoples in the 1970s.

Mon 1.02.12| Charles Johnson

Charles Johnson, Dr. King's Refrigerator and Other Bedtime Stories Scribner, 2011 (paper)






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Deeply engaged with issues of race, culture and identity, the award-winning writer Charles Johnson is a philosopher by training. His collection of short stories touches upon more than a few questions about life's meaning, social justice, and navigating difference. (Encore presentation.)
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