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Subversive Cinema -Capitalism Documentary Part 1 & 2 (of 6)

When: Thursday September 15th, 7pm-9pm

Where: New International Book Shop, basement Trades Hall

Entry: $5 or $3 if an existing NIBS member. Pre-book here

Over the last three months of 2016 NIBS will be screening CAPITALISM which is an ambitious and accessible six-part documentary series that looks at both the history of ideas and the social forces that have shaped the capitalist world.
http://www.icarusfilms.com/new2015/capi.html

Blending interviews with some of the world’s great historians, economists, anthropologists, and social critics, with on-the-ground footage shot in twenty-two countries, CAPITALISM questions the myth of the unfettered free market, explores the nature of debt and commodities, and retraces some of the great economic debates of the last 200 years.

Each month we will screen two of the six episodes. Each 52 minute episode is designed to stand alone.

Episode 1: Adam Smith, The Birth of the Free Market
This episode explores the origins of capitalism, arguing that it is inextricably linked to colonialism, the rise of science, and the slave trade. Capitalism preceded Smith by centuries – the plantations of the West Indies were purely capitalist enterprises, as were the privately-funded expeditions that colonized much of the world. Like today’s startups, these ventures offered high risk but huge rewards to those that succeeded.

Episode 2: The Wealth of Nations: A New Gospel?
This episode of CAPITALISM argues that disconnecting Smith the economist from Smith the moral philosopher has led to tragic distortions that have profoundly shaped our global economic system.

A description and trailer for each episode can be found here:

http://capitalism.vhx.tv/

Left Q&A: Andy Blunden – On the Origins of Collective Decision Making

When: Thursday September 8th, 7pm

Where: Bella Union Bar, Trades Hall, 54 Victoria St, Carlton

Admission $5 – pre-book through Bell Union here.

In our October installment of Left Q/A, Andy Blunden will talk about his recently published book, On the Origins of Collective Decision Making. 448173_300x300

This is the first investigation into the historical origins of the different traditions of decision making, Counsel, Majority and Consensus. The study was motivated by the conviction that rival traditions will work better together if they understand the ethical and historical bases of the decision making procedures used in each tradition. This is an important issue for the entire Left.

Andy Blunden is a Melbourne writer, secretary of the Marxists Internet Archive, perhaps best known for his writings on Hegel and the Soviet Psychologist Lev Vygotsky.

New Books in August

Queer Wars – Dennis Altman – $29

Can the Welfare State Survive – Andrew Gamble – $22

Beyond Consumer Capitalism: Media and the Limits to Imagination – $35

Past Anarchism – Saul Newman – $29

What Is To Be Done?: A Dialogue on Communism, Capitalism, and the Future of Democracy – Alain Badiou and Marcel Gauchet -Translated by Susan Spitzer – $29

Foucault and Neoliberalism – Edited by Daniel Zamora and Michael C Behrent – $29

Intersectionality – Patricia Hill Collins and Sirma Bilge – $32IMG_4329

The Idea of Communism 3: The Seoul Conference – Edited by Alex Taek-Gwang Lee and Slavoj Zizek – $37

The Killing Season Uncut – Sarah Ferguson with Patricia Drum – $25

Planet Jackson: Power, Greed and Unions – Brad Norington – $33

Governomics: Can We Afford Small Government? – Ian McAuley and Miriam Lyons – $33

The Long Depression: How It Happened, and What Happens Next? – Michael Roberts $33

From Marx to Gramsci: A Reader in Revolutionary Marxist Politics – Paul Le Blanc $38

Extractive Imperialism in the Americas – Edited by James Petras and Henry Veltmeyer $40

The demise of the Left and towards a Progressive Left Manifesto – Bill Mitchell

When: Thursday, August 4, 2016 from 7:00 PM8:30 PM
Where: New International Bookshop, 54 Victoria St, Carlton 
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Professor Bill Mitchell will give a talk about his upcoming book, which will discuss the reasons the Left has abandoned progressive policy positions and, increasingly, moved towards a neo-liberal stance in macroeconomic policy, which has left them without a meaningful agenda. The presentation will also outline key elements of a Progressive Manifesto (Part 3 of the book) including employment guarantees, industry policy, fair trade, the state as an entrepreneur, sustainable energy policies and more.

 

Bill holds the Chair in Economics and is the Director of the Centre of Full Employment and Equity (CofFEE) at the University of Newcastle.His most recent book Eurozone Dystopia: Groupthink and Denial on a Grand Scale was published in May 2015 by Edward Elgar (UK).

 

New Books in July

The Strange rebirth of Radical of Radical Politics – Richard Seymour – $28

Power Games: A Political History of the Olympics – Jules Boykoff – $24

The lamentations of Zeno: A Novel – Ilija Trojanow – $28

Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Democracy – Jerry Harris – $30IMG_4116

 

Facing the Anthropocene: Fossil Capitalism and the Crisis of the earth system – Ian Angus $37.95

America’s Deadliest Export: The Truth about US Foreign Policy and Everything Else –  William Blum $36.95

The PKK: Coming Down from the Mountains – Paul White $36.95

Foucault with Marx – Jacques Bidet $37

Bloody brick walls – George Despard $5

The Global Minotaur: America, Europe and the Future of the Global Economy – Yanis Varoufakis $29

The Dirty Ware on Syria: Washington, Regime Change and Resistance – Tim Anderson $30

Faction Man: Bill Shorten’s Pursuit of Power – David Marr $23

Ten Days That Shook the World – John Reed $28

Firing Line: Australia’s Path to War – James Brown $23

Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter – Edited by Jordan T Camp and Christina Heatherton $28

The End of the Republic and the Delusion of Empire – James Petra $30

Search Talk – The Women’s Liberation Movement in Victoria 1970 to Today

Come and hear Jean Taylor give an overview of her recently completed historical trilogy with dyke books about the Victorian Women’s Liberation Movement. The talk will be very casual with a chance for the audience to interact and ask questions so that it can be more of an exchange and the talk can focus on topics of interest to the audience.

http://www.dykebooks.com/index.php/printed-books/non-fiction/51-lesbians-ignite

The books will be available for purchase at a reduced rate on the night.

WHEN
Sunday, 14 August 2016 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (AEST)
WHERE
New International Book Shop – 54 Victoria Street, Carlton, VIC 305

NIBS stands with Roz Ward

The New International Bookshop unreservedly condemns La Trobe University’s suspension of academic, activist, and founder of the Safe School’s programme Roz Ward.

Ms Ward’s work with the Safe Schools programme has undoubtedly saved the lives of many young people, and should be applauded – not condemned.

Ms Ward’s private comment on Facebook, expressing criticism of the Australian Flag, is a perfectly legitimate expression of free-speech, whether one agrees with it or not, and she should be free to make it. The ability for academics to speak freely without fear of retribution and impoverishment must be a cornerstone of any just, open and democratic society.

Ms Ward’s suspension highlights an alarming trend of increasingly authoritarian and dictatorial management policies within universities and the wider society, which must be opposed by all those concerned with justice and democracy. The very concept of the public sphere, from which the Agora of La Trobe University takes its name, everywhere is under assault as the neoliberal revolution proceeds apace.

The New International Bookshop is run with the goal of fostering critical debate and discussion about Australian society and politics as a means to creating a more just society. Such a goal is incompatible with a society in which academics, and the wider public, cannot challenge entrenched modes of thinking and advance political arguments that differ from a mainstream ‘consensus’.

Therefore, the New International Bookshop declares its unreserved support for Roz Ward and the Safe Schools programme, and calls on La Trobe University management to immediately reinstate Roz Ward, offer her a formal apology, and enshrine academic freedom by abolishing the vague clauses that allow university management to suspend staff or students for bringing the university into ‘disrepute’ – clauses which give university management a de facto ability to act however they see fit. We stand with Roz Ward

Left Q/A – 2016 Election Panel

Who should people in Melbourne, who care about both social justice and the environment, vote for? To help you decide, as well as to reflect on the election and future challenges, come to Left Q/A for a panel discussion, featuring several candidates from left/green parties and public intellectual Robert Manne.

Admission: By Donation

Tickets can be pre-booked here:
Speakers
Robert Manne – Public Intellectual and Emeritus Professor at Latrobe University
Zane Alcorn – Socialist Alliance candidate for the Seat of Wills
Senator Janet Rice – Greens candidate for the Victorian Senate
Adrian Whitehead – Save the Planet candidate for the Victorian Senate

Two messages worth heeding this June…

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