neoliberalism

Tues 9.04.12 | Criminalizing the Homeless, Criminalizing the Rest of Us

Christina Heatherton & Jordan T. Camp (eds), Freedom Now! Struggles for the Human Right to Housing in LA and Beyond Freedom Now Books, 2012

 

 

 

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Homelessness may seem a fact of life in a highly unequal society. But there's much more to it than that. Radical scholars Christina Heatherton and Jordan T. Camp argue that homelessness is fundamentally tied to an intensely racialized form of political control and economic restructuring of our society over the past 40 years, unleashed partially in response to the black freedom struggle and urban rebellions of the 1960s. They discuss why places like Los Angeles' Skid Row have become a laboratory for policies that ultimately will be applied to our society at large.

Mon 8.01.11| Murdoch and the British State

Iain Boal

 

 

 

 

 

While revelations about the unsavory methods of Rupert Murdoch's media empire fill the newspapers, his role in supporting the neoliberal transformation of the UK -- first under Margaret Thatcher, then Labour's Tony Blair, and now under David Cameron -- is perhaps more scandalous. Social historian Iain Boal discusses media, labor, and austerity in Britain, as well as the gutting of higher education.

Tues 6.28.11| Climate Chaos

Christian Parenti, Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of ViolenceNation Books, 2011

Christian Parenti speaking at a KPFA benefit on July 14th

 

 

Residents of the Global North may be justly wringing their hands about flooding, droughts, and freak weather, but the most worrying effects of climate change are expected to hit the countries of the Global South, especially those in the broad regions on either side of the equator. Christian Parenti has reported from that vast area and discusses the shape that climate-related social dislocation is already taking, as well as the militarized plans of the rich countries to keep poor climate refugees out.

Mon 6.13.11| Moving Toward Socialism in Bolivia?

The actions of militant social movements in Bolivia over the past ten years, which led to the election of indigenous president Evo Morales, have heartened many radicals in Latin America and beyond. But what if Morales, and his Movement Toward Socialism, represent not a break from the past quarter-century of neoliberalism, but a reconfigured version of it? Marxist scholar Jeffrey Webber makes that assertion, tracing the recent political economy of Bolivia and analyzing the trajectory of social movements toward the ballot box.

Wed 12.29.10| Righteous Dopefiends

Philippe Bourgois & Jeff Schonberg, Righteous Dopefiend UC Press, 2009

Philippe Bourgois, In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio Cambridge U. Press, 2002

For more than ten years, Philippe Bourgois and Jeff Schonberg became part of the daily lives of two dozen homeless heroin injectors in San Francisco. Their book is an account of those individuals' experiences and relationships; a photo-ethnography of drugs, poverty, race and social exclusion; and a revealing look at the larger structural forces that operate on vulnerable populations.

Wed 9.01.10| Keeping Nations Down

Poor nations don't, or can't, devote adequate resources to improving their populations' health and well-being. Are the policies of the International Monetary Fund partly to blame for this? Rick Rowden explains how IMF dictates, and the neoliberal economic logic that ungirds them, block poor countries from developing.
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