American author Chris Hedges spoke at this year's Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Hosted in Waterloo, Ontario, Hedges reflects on themes of his latest book Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt - a look of at "sacrifice zones" in unfettered capitalism.
As Occupy protests have erupted across the world to decry the injustice of our current economic system, the question arises: What are we fighting against? At present, Vancouver lacks any adequate forum for understanding what capitalism is and how it functions. It is for this reason that we are hosting the Seeing the Strings series of teach-ins to explore how capitalism operates, its inherent violence, and how it interacts with other forms of oppression (eg. sexism, colonialism, criminalization, etc).
Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution
David Harvey, anthropology professor, geographer and authority on Karl Marx's work Capital, has just published Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution. The book addresses the state of inequality in capitalist society, the role of the city as concentration point of struggle around that, and the prospects for a different world.
Aaron Leonard spoke with him recently in his office at the City University of New York Graduate Center.
Aaron Leonard: Why do you call the book, Rebel Cities?
The rise of new regions of power in recent decades has provoked much discussion of understanding the post-colonial state. While the global influence of the U.S. and the European Union appears to have diminished in past years, the significance of some post-colonial states, such as India and Pakistan, has consistently increased. The challenge for progressive thinkers is to formulate a theoretical model that can coherently explain the specific and general trajectories of these countries.