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Book Talk – Big Farms Big Flu – Rob Wallace

Thursday October 27th
7pm, New International Book Shop
54 Victoria St, Carlton, 3053 

Admission: By Donation
RSVP here

Rob Wallace, U.S based author of a new book ‘Big Farms Make Big Flu,’ published by
Monthly Review Press, will give a talk about the book at New International Bookshop.
The book is a collection of dispatches, by turns harrowing and thought-provoking, which tracks the ways influenza and other pathogens emerge from an agriculture controlled by multinational corporations. With a precise and radical wit, Rob juxtaposes ghastly phenomena such as attempts at producing featherless chickens with microbial time travel and neoliberal Ebola. Rob also offers sensible alternatives to lethal agribusiness. Some, such as farming cooperatives, integrated pathogen management, and mixed crop-livestock systems, are already in practice off the agribusiness grid.

The book will be available for sale and signage on the night, at a discounted price.

New Books in October

W.E.B. Du Bois: Revolutionary Across the Color Line – Bill V Mullen – $32

The Politics of James Connolly – Allen – $32

Marx’s ‘Capital’ – Ben Fine and Alfredo Saad-Filho – $32

We Make Our Own History – Cox and Nilsen – $42

Brics: An Anti-Capitalist Critique – Edited by Patrick Bond and Ana Garcis – $40

The Three Worlds of Social Democracy: A Global View – Ingo Schmidt – $42

The Spectre of Babeuf – Ian Birchall – $30

The Left Hemisphere: Mapping Critical Theory Today – Razmig Keucheyan $30

A People’s History of Modern Europe – William A. Pelz – $42

The ABC of Socialism – $14

Understanding Class – Erik Olin Wright – $33

New Books in September

META Philosophy – Henri Lefebvre – $43

We Make Our Own History: Marxism and Social Movements in the Twilight of Neoliberalism – Laurence Cox and Alf Gunvald Nilsen – $42

Power Games: A Political History of the Olympics –  Jules Boykoff with a foreword by Dave Zirin – $24

The Australian Greens: From Activism to Australia’s Third Party – Steward Jackson – $50

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

Listen, Liberal: Or Whatever Happened to the Party of the People – Thomas Frank – $28

The Life of Murray Bookchin: Ecology or Catastrophe – Janet Biehl – $50img_4525

The Reawakening of the Arab World: Challenge and Change in the Aftermath of the Arab Spring – Samir Amin – $38

The Politics of Empire: The US, Israel and the Middle East – James Petras – $27

Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt – Chris Hedges – $25

Europe in Revolt – Edited by Catarina Principe and Bhaskar Sunkara – $29

The American War in Vietnam: Crime or Commemoration – John Marciano – $30

Globalisation & Labour in the 21st Century – Verity Burgmann

Admission: $5 or $3 for NIBS members (pre-book here)

The book argues that despite the adverse impact of globalization on the working-class, today workers around the world are challenging their increased exploitation by globalizing corporations. In developed countries, many unions are transforming themselves to confront employer power in ways more appropriate to contemporary circumstances; in developing countries, militant new labour movements are emerging.Drawing upon insights in anti-determinist Marxian perspectives, Verity makes the case that working-class resistance is not futile, as protagonists of globalization often claim.

Verity is an Adjunct Professor of Politics in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University. Over her career she has established a significant reputation as both a labour historian and a political scientist of social movements and social change.

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.

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:

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 

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

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