Zombies: Apocalypse or Rebellion?

(Published October 23, 2012 at Jacobin) “Dead is in,” proclaims a Halloween poster outside my local thrift store. Case in point, consider the record ratings for the recent season premier of AMC’s The Walking Dead, which now boasts the largest viewership in the 18-49 age group in the U.S. Continued at: http://jacobinmag.com/2012/10/zombies-apocalypse-or-rebellion/    

Toronto Book Launch for Global Slump

On January 20, 2011 about 200 people gathered in Toronto’s Lula Lounge for the launch of Global Slump: the Economics and Politics of Crisis and Resistance. Emcees Liam McNally Faria Kamal (No One Is Illegal, Toronto) and Syed Hussan (No One Is Illegal, Toronto) introduced the event. Jesook Song (Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto and New Socialist Group) and John Clarke (Ontario Coalition Against Poverty) offered appreciations of the book. After brief opening remarks, David McNally did a short reading from the text. Music at the opening and conclusion is “Revolution” by Nina Simone.

Mubarak’s Folly: The Rising of Egypt’s Workers

Rarely do our rulers look more absurd than when faced with a popular upheaval. As fear and apathy are broken, ordinary people – housewives, students, sanitation workers, the unemployed –remake themselves. Having been objects of history, they become its agents. Marching in their millions, reclaiming public space, attending meetings and debating their society’s future, they discover in themselves capacities for organization and action they had never imagined.

Upcoming Events

February Winnipeg book launch for Global Slump
March 5 Plenary presentation to “Varieties of Socialism” conference, Carleton University
March 17 New York book launch for Global Slump at Bluestockings Bookstore
Click here for more information and further events.

Like we said, it’s a global slump

I have never accepted the postmodernist contention that contemporary capitalism is all about smoke and mirrors. The notion that ideology and illusion make the system go round strikes me as another mode of reductionism – this one based on culture rather than, say, economics. But it must be said that, at first blush, the mainstream business media certainly offers some sustenance for the smoke and mirrors thesis.