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.

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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
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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.