NIBS Underground – Book Talk – Decolonizing Solidarity

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Clare Land, long-time supporter of Indigenous struggles, will give a talk about her new book decolonizing solidarity.

When: 7pm, Tuesday 22nd September

Where: New International Book Shop

In this highly original and much-needed book, Clare Land interrogates the often fraught endeavours of activists from colonial backgrounds seeking to be politically supportive of Indigenous struggles. Blending key theoretical and practical questions, Land argues that the predominant impulses which drive middle-class settler activists to support Indigenous people cannot lead to successful alliances and meaningful social change unless they are significantly transformed through a process of both public political action and critical self-reflection.

Clare Land works on research at Victoria University’s Moondani Balluk Indigenous Academic Unit, supports social change projects at the Reichstein Foundation, and consults to community organizations on race relations. Clare has been engaged since 1998 with the history and present of settler colonialism. An Anglo-identified non-Aboriginal person living and working in south-east Australia, inspired by Aboriginal struggles, she has undertaken community-based organizing in solid support of a range of Aboriginal-led campaigns. Since 2004 Clare has collaborated with Krauatungulung (Gunai)/Djapwurrung (Gunditjmara) man Robbie Thorpe on campaigns, projects and a long-running radio programme on 3CR in Fitzroy, Melbourne, which focuses on colonialism and resistance.

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NIBS Underground – Book Talk – Breaking Out: Memories of Melbourne in the 1970s

Susan Blackburn will give a talk about a new book she has edited, Breaking Out: Memories of Melbourne in the 1970s.

When: 7pm Thursday 1st October

Where: New International Book Shop
This book celebrates Melbourne in heady times.

The turbulence of 1970s Australia stretched far beyond the Whitlam era and the level of national government. Sixteen contributors remember their roles in a vibrant and creative decade in Melbourne. Anything seemed possible: alternative approaches sprang up for everything from education to radio broadcasting, theatre, legal services and suburban living. Starting with the massive opposition to Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War and ending with efforts to combat its role in East Timor, contributors recall the protests against environment policies and the administration of universities.

Susan Blackburn has taught at Victoria University of Technology (Melbourne), Griffith University (Brisbane) and, since 1991, at Monash University. Her research has been in the areas of Indonesian history and politics, the Indonesian women’s movement, and foreign aid. In 2006 she completed a research project with Oxfam Australia on their assistance to women in postconflict situations.

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Film Premiere!! – Marxists Cowboys

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UPDATE: This event will now be held on Thursday 22nd September, 7pm

The curious tale of the Labor Review. organ of the Labor College

A Communist magazine which owed its 50 issue history to the generosity of Big Business. Not possible you say, but then you haven’t spoken to Karl Marx or a certain con-man. Based on a true story over 38 years and made in Melbourne’s Trades Hall where it all happened. This is a real-life unique Commie Comedy Caper. Made by Chris Gaffney and Lynn Healy and a great cast

Two other short films will be shown. “How to get a job” and “ The Martin Ferguson Report” All three films available on one DVD.

Entry by donation.

Premiere: Thursday 22nd September, 7pm.

New International Bookshop, Trades Hall, 54 Victoria St. Carlton Sth.

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Decolonizing Solidarity – Available @ NIBS now.

Decolonizing Solidarity: Dilemmas and Directions for Supporters of Indigenous Struggles – The new book by long time Australian supporter of Indigenous struggles Clare Lands  is available now at NIBS – $54clare-land-sm

In this highly original and much-needed book, Clare Land interrogates the often fraught endeavors of activists from colonial backgrounds seeking to be politically supportive of Indigenous struggles. Blending key theoretical and practical questions, Land argues that the predominant impulses which drive middle-class settler activists to support Indigenous people cannot lead to successful alliances and meaningful social change unless they are significantly transformed through a process of both public political action and critical self-reflection.

Based on a wealth of in-depth, original research, and focusing in particular on Australia, where – despite strident challenges – the vestiges of British law and cultural power have restrained the nation’s emergence out of colonizing dynamics, Decolonizing Solidarity provides a vital resource for those involved in Indigenous activism and scholarship.

And stay tuned for an announcement soon about Clare Lands speaking about the book at NIBS.

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Australia Series – Book Talk – Australia’s Boldest Experiment: War and reconstruction in the 1940s

Panel discussions co-hosted by the Search Foundation, Victorian Trades Hall and The New International Bookshop on the topics most critical to Australia’s economic, political and environmental futureBoldest Experiment - Small

Stuart Macintyre, professorial fellow in history at the University of Melbourne, will give a public talk about his latest book, AUSTRALIA’S BOLDEST EXPERIMENT: War and reconstruction in the 1940s. RSVP on facebook here

When: Thursday October 22nd, 6:45pm for 7pm

Where: Meeting Room 1, Trades Hall, 54 Victoria St, Carlton.

The book explains how a country traumatised by World War I, hammered by the Depression and overstretched by World War II became a prosperous, successful and growing society by the 1950s. An extraordinary group of individuals, notably John Curtin, Ben Chifley, Nugget Coombs, John Dedman and Robert Menzies, re-made the country, planning its reconstruction against a background of wartime sacrifice and austerity. !e other part of this triumphant story shows Australia on the world stage, seeking to fashion a new world order that would bring peace and prosperity. This book shows the 1940s to be a pivotal decade in Australia.

At the height of his powers, Macintyre reminds us that key components of the society we take for granted – work, welfare, health, education, immigration, housing – are not the result of military endeavour but policy, planning, politics and popular resolve.

Stuart Macintyre is a professorial fellow in history at the University of Melbourne. His previous books include The Reds. He edited True Believers with John Faulkner and The Cambridge History of Australia with Alison Bashford.

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New Books @ NIBS in August…

In August

Decolonizing Solidarity: Dilemmas and Directions for Supporters of Indigenous Struggles – Clare Lands – $54Cover-of-book

A for Activist – $19

Black Flame: The Revolutionary Class Politics of Anarchism % Syndicalism – Michael Schmidt & Lucien Van Der Walt – $38

The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, and stupidity & the secret joys of bureaucracy – David Graeber – $42

Social Ecology & Social Change – Erik Eiglad (eds) – $45

Sufficiency Economy – Sam Alexander – $25

And more to come soon….

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We have political cleaning rags!

NIBS has political cleaning rags. Very funny; very cool! And many different designs. Great gift idea. $10 each

  • Tony Abbott
  • Rupert Murdoch
  • Andrew Bolt
  • Clive Palmer
  • Joe Hockey
  • Stop the Blokes (Aus Government)
  • Anti-Australia Day

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NIBS Underground – Book Launch – Fighting on all fronts: Popular Resistence in the Second World War

August is the anniversary of the end of World War 2. Official events are celebrating the victory of “democracy” and “freedom” over fascism and tyranny. But for the rulers of the Allied nations the war was never about de-mocracy or freedom. In some ways there were parallel wars: apart from the clash of imperialisms, there were opposition actions fought by ordinary people, mobilised by anti-fascist, democratic sentiments. Edited by Donny Gluckstein, the book contains 11 chapters on different countries. Four authors are Australian and they will all be present to speak and sign your copy of the book.

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SPEAKERS
Book launch – Donny Gluckstein (video)
Resistance in Japan – Kaye Broadbent
Resistance in Australia – Tom O’Lincoln

Special launch discount price $25!
To purchase the book at the launch rate contact NIBS by 21 August. After this date RRP $45

In addition to the book launch, there will be the launch of INTERVENTIONS – a new socialist publishing venture.
Launch of INTERVENTIONS – Jeff Sparrow
What is INTERVENTIONS? – Janey Stone

When: Friday 21st August 6:30pm for 7pm start

Where: New International Bookshop

RSVP on facebook here

Entry free. Nibbles provided. Drinks at bar prices. Booking not required.

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NIBS Underground – Book Talk – The 1% and the Rest of Us

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Tim Muzio, senior lecturer in international relations and political economy at the University of Wollongong in Australia, will give a talk about his new book “The 1% and the Rest of Us”. In the book Tim explores what it means to be part of a socio-economic order presided over by the super-rich and their political servants.

Copies of the book will be available for sale at the discounted rate of $35.

Admission: $5

When Thursday, September 10, 6:45pm

Where: The New International Bookshop, 54 Victoria St, Carlton

For more information contact the bookshop

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New Books in July

Crisis in the EurozoneThe Happiness Industry: How the Government and Business Sold Us Well-being – William Davies – $35

Molecular Red – McEnzie Wark –  $35

Castrophism: The Apocalyptic politics of Collapse & Rebirth – Sasha Lilley et al – $23

Girls are not Chicks Coloring Book – $16

All Power to the Councils: A documentary history of the German Revolution – Gabriel Koon – $36

Abolish Work – $18

Afterburn: Society Beyond Fossil Fuels – Richard Heinberg – $25

The Battle for Justice in Palestine – Ali Abunmah – $23

Gramsci’s Political Thought – Carlos Coutinbo – $37

More than a Score: The New Uprisings against high-stakes testing – Jesse Hagopian (eds) – $23

Techno-Fix: Why technology won’t save us or the environment – Michael Huesemann & Joyce Huesemann – $33

Tomorrow’s Battlefield: U.S Proxy Wars and Secret Ops in Africa – Nick Turse – $20

The Next Revolution: Popular Assemblies and the Promise of Direct Democracy – Murray Bookchin – $35

The Rise of Islamic State: ISIS and the New Sunni Revolution – Patrick Cockburn – $22

Supermarket Monsters: The Price of Coles and Woolworths’ Dominance – $20

Crisis in the Eurozone – Costas Lapavitsas – $30

The Snowden Files – 9781783350377

Capital Volume 1 – Karl Marx – $40

The Communist Manifesto – Marx/Engels – $12

Early Writings – Karl Marx – $35Bookchin

Contingency, Hegemony, Universality: Contemporary Dialogues on the Left – Zizek et al – $20

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate – Naomi Klein – $25

European Nations: Explaining Their Formation – $35 – Miroslav Hroch

We can do mail outs

If you would like to order any of the books below, please contact us. We will be happy to mail out orders (postage costs will be added).

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