Wed 9.21.11 | Global Capital's Impact: A Case Study

You call an 800 number for technical support, and you get a person in India. Thousands of workers at call centers in that country serve the customers of major transnational corporations. Radha Hegde describes what the new high-tech work environments in Bangalore, India are doing to gender relations, class distinctions, and cultural attitudes. Also, Martha Burk weighs in on anti-woman political rhetoric.

Tues 9.20.11 | Death of the Bookstore?

The independent bookstore is dead -- long live the bookstore? Bucking the trend, veteran bookseller Andrew Laties insists that the future of independent bookstores is bright, despite the closure of thousands of stores small and large, including huge chains like Borders. He discusses reading, books, and capitalism, and explains why he believes literary activity is flourishing.

Mon 9.19.11 | Lincoln, Marx, and the Civil War

Robin Blackburn, An Unfinished Revolution: Karl Marx and Abraham Lincoln Verso, 2011

 

 

 

Karl Marx and Abraham Lincoln: They may seem an unlikely pair, but they knew of each other, and Marx was intensely interested in the Civil War and the fate of slavery. Marx also influenced the culture and trajectory of US worker radicalism, which fueled the bitter and bloody labor conflicts of late nineteenth-century America. Robin Blackburn writes about all this in a new book.

Wed 9.14.11 | Debt to Society

David Graeber, Debt: The First 5,000 Years Melville House Publishing, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

The subprime mortgage meltdown and the battle over the debt ceiling have highlighted the centrality of borrowing in our economy. Yet David Graeber argues that our understanding of debt obscures more than it reveals. The acclaimed anthropologist and anarchist discusses the forms that money has taken throughout history, including the turn following Nixon's delinking of the dollar from the gold standard. He also considers the central connection between debt and empire.

Tues 9.13.11 | Paying for Forests

A new policy that purports to address climate change by incentivizing the protection of forests has attracted a lot of support. Environmental organizations, the World Bank, and others have lined up behind it. But who does it really help, and who gets harmed in the process? Jeff Conant describes the REDD policy mechanism and describes its impact on communities in Mexico's Lacondon Jungle.

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Mon 9.12.11 | French Intellectuals and Maoism

Womens' liberation, immigrants' and prisoners' rights, gay liberation and queer studies -- they're some of the most enduring legacies of the 1960s and '70s. And as Richard Wolin argues, they're partially the inheritance of Maoism in France. He explores the rise of Maoism in that country following the upheavals of 1968 and its impact on the thinking of intellectuals like Sartre and Foucault.

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