revolution

Tues 11.04.14 | Orwell and the Spanish Civil War

George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia Harcourt, 1969

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Was what happened in Spain beginning in 1936 a civil war or a workers' revolution? It's called the Spanish Civil War, and it did pit Francisco Franco's forces against a democratically elected government, but what George Orwell discovered when he arrived in Spain was "a revolution in full swing." Adam Hochschild talks about the conflicts, their international context, and Orwell's Homage to Catalonia. (Encore presentation.)

Wed 5.28.14 | The American Counter-Revolution?

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Gerald Horne sees the colonists' revolt of 1776 not as a noble struggle for liberty and independence but as a counter-revolution, one waged by this nation's Founding Fathers to defend their right to enslave Africans. The white settlers rose up, argues Horne, in the face of growing evidence that London was moving toward abolition.

Mon 3.31.14 | Linebaugh on Paine

Peter Linebaugh, Stop, Thief! The Commons, Enclosures, and Resistance PM Press, 2014

Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man and Common Sense (with an introduction by Peter Linebaugh) Verso, 2009

 

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Peter Linebaugh, best known for tracing the history of the commons and of commoning practices, calls Thomas Paine "a planetary revolutionary.” He has found in Paine's lesser-known works radical critiques of inequality and authoritarianism and even the system of money wages. Many lessons for our time, Linebaugh argues, can be drawn from Paine's writings and his extraordinary life.

Wed 1.08.14 | Orwell and the Spanish Civil War

George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia Harcourt, 1969

 

 

 

 

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Was what happened in Spain beginning in 1936 a civil war or a workers' revolution? It's called the Spanish Civil War, and it did pit Francisco Franco's forces against a democratically elected government, but what George Orwell discovered when he arrived in Spain was "a revolution in full swing." Adam Hochschild talks about the conflicts, their international context, and Orwell's Homage to Catalonia.

Tues 12.24.13 | Capitalist Dynamics

Cynthia Kaufman, Getting Past Capitalism: History, Vision, Hope Lexington Books, 2013 (paper)

 

 

 

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For people who oppose capitalism, what use are elections? Does it make sense to work to reform the capitalist system, or is more drastic action necessary? And by what mechanisms and forms of agency does capitalism perpetuate itself? Cynthia Kaufman believes a nuanced account of capitalism must inform efforts to challenge it.

Tues 11.12.13 | Panther Politics and Context

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In the face of severe state repression, the Black Panther Party managed for a time not just to survive, but to flourish. Why? What were the political dynamics that drove the explosive growth of the revolution-minded Panthers? And how important were the Party's community programs to its resilience and its revolutionary agenda? Waldo Martin has co-authored a book that tackles these and other issues. (Encore presentation.)

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