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Soviet-IMF chic

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Clearly the entire economics establishment, with about a million people on the planet involved in some aspect of economic analysis, planning, risk management, and forecasting, turned out to be turkeys owing to the simple mistake of not understanding the structure of Extremistan, complex systems, and hidden risks, while relying on idiotic measures and forecasts -- all this in spite of past experience, as these things have never worked before.

- Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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The Black Swan: Part 1

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If a turkey had philosophical ability, it might argue that life just gets better and better. The steadily fattening fowl would have evidence for this point of view because each day would bring with it more and more delicious fare. Every night it would go to bed feeling sated and eager for the next morning when the pleasures of the previous day would be repeated or even heightened. The reflective bird could confirm its optimism via the inductive method: empirical study would demonstrate an increase in nourishment, from which would follow the logical generalization that life was a process of ever-expanding fulfillment.

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Time for a paradigm revolution: Seeking an alternative to neoliberalism

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"It is not so easy to ask our young scientists to think outside the box when a significant portion of their salary (and mortgage payments) depends on guaranteeing a steady source of funding. Consequently, professors become highly attuned to the institutional priorities of various funding agencies -- often at a cost to their own creativity and desired research directions."

New York Times, 2/11/09

¡VIVA! Celebrating community, arts and education

VIVA! Community Arts and Popular Education in the Americas

VIVA! Community Arts and Popular Education in the Americas

by Deborah Barndt, ed.
(Between The Lines,
2011;
$24.95)

If we're able to look at the river of blood that runs through the Americas, that runs through the world, and we're able to look at our own blood connection to that river, we will be able to wade into the river together.Diane Roberts, Personal Legacy (paraphrased)

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Microaggressions

microaggressions are non-physical, often non-verbal forms of violence

Microaggressions are everyday acts of violence and oppression that people encounter. They are specific encounters between people of different identities (race, class, gender, sex, orientation, culture, ability) and are non-physical, typically involving demeaning implications or subtle insults against a minority identity.

Frequently non-verbal, microaggressions are simply the small ways that folks with power intentionally or unintentionally make it clear that opposed identities are unwelcome, not on par or even not respected. Commonly this is "colourblindness" ("I don't see you as black, you're just a person") or denial of bias ("I'm not homophobic, I have a lot of gay friends").

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The 3 Rs: Reform, Revolution and "Resistance": The problematic forms of anti-capitalism today

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Location

Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
252 Bloor St West Room 5170
Toronto, ON
Canada
43° 40' 4.854" N, 79° 23' 54.0816" W

The Platypus Affiliated Society at the University of Toronto presents a public forum on:

The 3 Rs: Reform, Revolution, and "Resistance": The problematic forms of "anticapitalism" today

A moderated panel discussion and audience Q&A on problems of strategies and tactics on the Left today. Panelists: Baolinh Dang (Proletarian Revolutionary Action Committee- Revolutionary Students Movement), Cam Hardy (Platypus) and Jim Stanford (Canadian Auto Workers).

People's Health Radio

Dr. Julian Tudor Hart: A socialist life

June 7, 2011
| People's Health Radio spoke to Dr. Julian Tudor Hart about his life as a socialist general practitioner, and the values we need to assert for a more just and humane world.
Length: 56:55

Economic thought from a feminist

Greed, Lust & Gender: A History of Economic Ideas

Greed, Lust & Gender: A History of Economic Ideas

by Nancy Folbre
(Oxford University Press,
2009;
$39.95)

This book has a slightly racy title (at least for an economics book) and my initial reaction was that the ‘lust' focus was a bit forced. Greed and gender are associated easily with economic ideas, but lust? Nor was I assuaged by the assertion in the introduction that ‘lust is to feminist theory what greed is to economic theory -- a marker of contested moral boundaries,' an assertion that seemed too convenient and probably not true. Isn't it usually religious ideologues that set moral boundaries with lust?

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Can Feminism Pay the Bills? Call for Participation

Ladyfest is looking for performers, speakers, and other creative responses to this topic to participate in this event.

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