Social Democracy and the Creation of Modern Europe

October 23, 2014 § Leave a comment

Sheri Berman, professor of political science, Barnard College; author, The Primacy of Politics: Social Democracy and the Making of Europe’s Twentieth Century (2006) and The Social Democratic Moment: Ideas and Politics in the Making of Interwar Europe (1998); “Social Democracy and the Creation of Modern Europe”

Race, not a Biological, but a Social Reality

October 23, 2014 § Leave a comment

Race, not a Biological, but a Social Reality: a guest post by Abbas Naqvi.

Mike Brown was not black. Neither was Eric Garner. Nor was Trayvon Martin. Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say that there is no such thing as black, white, or yellow, from a biological standpoint. Race is a cultural/political phenomenon that has been used to manipulate, control and oppress populations, at times under the veil of science; however, in reality from a scientific perspective, it is a mere optical illusion.  As we struggle to comprehend how racially motivated murder can still be ubiquitous in America, it is helpful to consider the pseudoscience that has delineated, and thus divided, us as a nation, as well as the scientific research that shows that our differences are negligible, yet inform split-second life-and-death decisions. Decisions like whether a handheld object is likely to be a bag of Skittles or a gun.

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Privatisation of the NHS

October 23, 2014 § Leave a comment

In the following, Allyson Pollock gives a talk on the privatisation of the NHS.

Hannah Arendt on Zur Person

October 9, 2014 § Leave a comment

Hannah Arendt interviewed on Zur Person, with English subtitles. The program was recorded not long after the publication of Eichmann in Jerusalem.

Joseph Stiglitz: Creating a Learning Society

September 22, 2014 § Leave a comment

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David Harvey and Gar Alperovitz on Cooperation and Capitalism

September 10, 2014 § Leave a comment

David Harvey and Gar Alperovitz dig into the failure of capitalism, the hope presented by worker co-ops, and what activists fighting for a just economy must do to get there.

The Best of Tony Judt

September 10, 2014 § Leave a comment

The following is a sample of the best videos featuring Tony Judt on Youtube, and a small selection of noteworthy articles.

Disturbing the Peace: Intellectuals and Universities in an Illiberal Age


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