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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 
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.

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

Sunday, 14 August 2016 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (AEST)
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:
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…

New Books in June

Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work – Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams

The Killing of Osama Bin Laden – Seymour Hersch

Red Rosa: A Graphic Biography of Rosa Luxemburg – Kate Evans

How Did We Get Into This Mess?: Politics, Equality, Nature – George Mobiot

For the Common Good – Bill Shorten 

What Is Subjectivity? – Jean Paul Satre 

The Politics of Empire: The US, Israel and the Middle East – James Petras

 Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks World War III – Stephen Lendman 

The globalisation of Nato: – Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya 

 Recreating Democracy in a Globalised State – Cliff DuRand and Steve Martinot (eds)

Unprecedented: Can Civilization Survive the CO2 Crisis? – David Ray Griffin

The Tamil Genocide by Sri Lanka: The Global Failure to Protect Tamil Rights Under International Law – Francis Boyle 

 The Arab Revolt and the Imperialist Counterattack  – James Petras –
Sowing Chaos: Libya in the Wake of Humanitarian Intervention – Paolo Sensini 

Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Democracy  – Jerry Harris 

Book Donations Needed for Big Red Bookfair!

Dear Supporters,

This is a call out for Book Donations for the upcoming Big Red Bookfair. The bookfair is our main fundraiser for the year and we really need your support to make it a success. Do you have any old books that could find a grateful new home? Or, if not, do you have any family/friends who might have books – i.e people who are moving house? If so, please get in contact with us at NIBS, as soon as possible on 9662 3744 or

We look forward to seeing you at the bookfair – it going to be ace.

The Coordinator

New Books in May

Taking Sides: Revolutionary Solidarity and the Poverty of Liberalism – Cindy Milstein – $24

Keywords for Radicals: The Contested Vocabulary of Late Capitalist Struggle – Multiple Authors – $40

Goals and Means: Anarchism, Syndicalism, and Internationalism in the Origins of the Federación Anarquista Ibérica – Jason Garner – $32

Communalism as Alternative – Erik Eiglad -$18

Ecosocialism: A Radical Alternative to Capitalist Catastrophe – Michael Lowy – $26

The Emergence of Eco-Decentralism – Janet Biehl – $18

Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities – Rebecca Salt – $25

We Do Not Fear Anarchy—We Invoke It: The First International and the Origins of the Anarchist Movement – Robert Graham – $35

The Value of Radical Theory: An Anarchist Introduction to Marx’s Critique of Political Economy – Wayne Price – $24

The Letters of Joe Hill: Centenary Edition – Joe Hill –  $16

Freedom is a Constant Struggle – Angela Davis – $25

What About the Rapists? Anarchist Approaches to Crime & Justice – Multiple Authors – $10

Property is Theft! – Iain Mckay (eds) – $42


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