A Weekly Correction : May 21 2019

A Weekly Correction : May 21 2019

Socialist democracy is not something which begins only in the promised land after the foundations of socialist economy are created […] Socialist democracy begins simultaneously with the beginnings of the destruction of class rule and of the construction of socialism.” - Rosa Luxemburg

What we’re watching:

This week, we’re reading an open letter written by a collective of French 'Gilets Jaunes' university academics, calling for an acknowledgement of the movement's demands, the resignation of the Interior Minister, and public inquiries into the violent repression the movement has experienced.

Change Agent: The Highlander School

This week we speak with Mie Inouye about The Highlander Folk School. Mie Inouye is a doctoral candidate in political science at Yale University, where she’s writing a dissertation on twentieth-century theories of organizing in leftist social movements in the US.

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Note: A fire destroyed the main office of the Highlander Center in March 2019.

You can read about the fire here: (link to the full New York Times article)

A social justice center in Tennessee with deep connections to the civil rights movement said that a fire that engulfed its main office last week may have been intentionally set, after a “symbol connected to the white power movement” was found spray-painted in the parking lot.

The organization, the Highlander Research and Education Center, which trained Rosa Parks and hosted the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., said it had lost decades of documents and artifacts in the fire at its campus in New Market, Tenn., outside Knoxville.

“Because of our history we are not surprised that this space, one where marginalized people working across sectors, geographies and identities show up consistently, has been repeatedly targeted over our 87 years of existence,” Highlander said in a statement this week acknowledging the white power symbol.

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What does Beto believe in?

This week we speak with Luke Savage about Beto O’Rourke. Luke Savage is a Staff Writer at Jacobin Magazine. He writes about Canadian and international politics, religion, labor issues, philosophy, and the history of the democratic left. His writing has appeared in The Guardian, Canadaland, Maisonneuve, the New Statesman, The Tyee, Current Affairs, and others. He also co-hosts a weekly podcast about current events agitprop cinema.

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If you missed our episode on Biden you can find it here: First as tragedy, then as farce: Joe Biden in 2020?

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A Weekly Correction : May 13 2019

A Weekly Correction : May 13 2019

“There is no document of civilisation that is not at the same time a document of barbarism.” -  Walter Benjamin

What we’re reading

Surveillance Capitalism and the Changing Landscape of the Modern Economy:

In The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, Shoshana Zuboff outlines the emergence of technological innovations and market mechanisms which make ubiquitous surveillance increasingly likely, a phenomenon which she calls ‘surveillance capitalism’. As Zuboff describes, extreme concentrations of knowledge and lack of democratic oversight or regulation have given rise in the past two decades to an unprecedented concentration of power among select companies such as Google and Facebook, which she insists will have wide ranging implications in the future on our economy and society.

The ever-expanding border: checkpoints in the Dominican Republic

We talk with Elena Herminia Guzman about the increase in racial profiling of people of Haitian-descent in the Dominican Republic. Elena Herminia Guzman is an Afro-Indigenous Boricua filmmaker, educator, and anthropologist from New York City. Her work broadly looks at issues of representation in the African/Black Diaspora. Her artistic work and research also extend to Haiti and the Dominican Republic where she conducted fieldwork and has a series of visual projects with a focus on narrative performance such as Carnival and the Lenten festivals of Rara. She is a co-founder of Ethnocine Collective, a feminist filmmaking collective that is committed to a feminist and decolonial lens that pushes the boundaries of non-fiction film. 

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Introducing: A Weekly Correction

Introducing: A Weekly Correction

Hello A Correction listeners!

Welcome to the first of our new feature “A Weekly Correction,” a compilation of the things we're reading, listening to and watching each week. Our goal is to round up some of the best and most interesting content from our favorite publications on econ-related subjects, which we hope will serve as a useful platform for all those interested in contemporary issues within political-economy. This weekly feature will be curated by Mila Stieglitz-Courtney, an intern and recent addition to the A Correction team! You can find out more about Mila here.

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Finding Your Calling: Get More Out of College

We talk with Tom Perrin about how to find meaning in college through “vocational education.” Tom Perrin is Associate Professor of English and Associate Provost at Huntingdon College. His book, The Aesthetics of Middlebrow Fiction, was published in 2015, and his work has also appeared in American LiteratureNOVEL, and the Times Literary Supplement.

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On A New Militant Mexican Labor Movement

We speak with LAUREN KAORI GURLEY about the strikes in Matamoros. Since January, 50,000 workers have gone off the job and the prospects for the labor movement are the best in a generation. We talk about what has led to this moment and what we might expect going forward. Lauren Kaori Gurley is a reporter-researcher at The New Republic. She previously served as web editor at the North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA). Her reporting on labor, immigration, poverty, and the U.S.-Mexico border has been published in CityLab, In These Times, NPR's Latino USA, The American Prospect, and ProPublica.

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Who's Afraid of Ilhan Omar?

We speak with Lyle Jeremy Rubin about AIPAC, empire, and Ilhan Omar. In the early 2000s, Lyle Jeremy Rubin was an intern at AIPAC and was on the board as a campus representative. He is currently a PhD candidate in history at the University of Rochester and is writing his dissertation on the reception of the political economist Adam Smith’s thought in the United States.

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The Shock Doctrine in Barbuda

We speak with Rebecca Boger about Disaster Capitalism in Barbuda. Professor Boger has a background in geospatial technologies, marine science, and science education. At Brooklyn College, she teaches geospatial technologies and works with anthropologists and archaeologists in Barbuda on socio-ecological resilience research, community based mapping, and environmental modeling.

Satellite images of Antigua and Barbuda from August 21, 2017, and September 8, 2017, illustrating the damage caused by Hurricane Irma to Barbuda

Satellite images of Antigua and Barbuda from August 21, 2017, and September 8, 2017, illustrating the damage caused by Hurricane Irma to Barbuda

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Spring Break Reading List

We thought it might be fun to put together a Spring Break reading list. Here are the books that we’ve taken out from the library and have on our nightstands now. The list is broken up into fiction and non-fiction. We hope you enjoy them! Feel free to write in with suggestions for Summer Break.

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Non-fiction

The Road to Unfreedom by Timothy Snyder

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein

Reappraisals by Tony Judt

Fiction

Return to the Dark Valley by Santiago Gamboa

Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson

All That Man Is by David Szalay

A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James

On Settler Colonialism

We talk with Gerald Horne about his book, “The Apocalypse of Settler Colonialism: The Roots of Slavery, White Supremacy, and Capitalism in Seventeenth-Century North America and the Caribbean.” Dr. Horne holds the Moores Professorship of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston. His research has addressed issues of racism in a variety of relations involving labor, politics, civil rights, international relations and war. He has also written extensively about the film industry.

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Making Sense of the DSA

We talk with Dan La Botz about the state of the Democratic Socialists of America two years after the “Bernie Bump.” Dan La Botz is a prominent American labor union activist, academic, journalist, and author. He was a co-founder of Teamsters for a Democratic Union and has written extensively on worker rights in the United States and Mexico.

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To what extent does U.S. prosperity depend on exploitation?

We called Arthur MacEwan to find out the answer. Professor MacEwan taught at UMass Boston from 1975 to 2008 and is now professor emeritus in the Department of Economics. His range of courses included those on economic development, macroeconomics, the economics of education, Latin America, economic history and Marxist economics.

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How the Swedes Do It

We talk with Monica Prasad about taxes in Sweden. Sweden has lower poverty rates, less inequality and higher mobility than the U.S. How do they do it? The answer is not what you expect. Monica Prasad is a professor of sociology and a faculty fellow in the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University, and is the author, most recently, of “Starving the Beast: Ronald Reagan and the Tax Cut Revolution.”

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The Causes and Implications of Regional Economic Disparities

We speak with Gerald Friedman about the growing economic gap between the poorer states in the U.S. and the wealthier coastal regions. Gerald Friedman is a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Professor Friedman has research interests in the areas of economic history, specifically 19th- and 20th-century France and the US; political economies; and the economics of healthcare. He has drafted financing plans for single-payer healthcare systems, and has served on the editorial boards of several academic journals.

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Two events in NYC this week!

We speak with Garon Scott of the NYC DSA Racial Justice Working Group about two important events happening this week. On March 7th, the Elected Civilian Review Board Campaign will have a speaker at the police-accountability-focused Charter forum at City Council Chambers, and hopes to pack the chambers with at least 100 campaign supporters. On March 9th, the campaign against school suspensions will hold a public delivery of petition signatures on the steps of City Hall. Listen to the show for more details!

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The Weaponization of Anti-Semitism

We speak with Dr. Stephen R. Shalom about the weaponization of anti-semitism against supporters of BDS and critics of Israel. Steve Shalom teaches political science at William Paterson University in New Jersey, where he is director of the Middle East Studies minor. He's a member of the editorial board of the journal New Politics and works with the northern NJ chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace. He has written extensively on U.S. foreign policy and on the Middle East.

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Why the Democrats will win in 2020

We speak with Rachel Bitecofer on why the Democrats will win the 2020 election, whether Bernie is a good candidate, and the implications of a polarized America. Rachel Bitecofer (@RachelBitecofer), a political-science professor at the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University, in Virginia, is the author of “The Unprecedented 2016 Presidential Election.” Professor Bitecofer successfully predicted the outcome of the 2018 mid-term elections months before 538 and other experts. We were introduced to her work when we read David Leonhardt’s column here and you can find her most recent NYT Op-Ed here.

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Operation Ajax

We speak with Bridey Heing about the CIA’s first coup. Bridey Heing is a writer and critic based in Washington, DC. Her writing on literature, culture, and politics has been published by The Economist, the Times Literary Supplement, and Pacific Standard, among others.

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