Archive for January, 2011

Welcome to the Future, Same as the Past

By on 01/31/2011 in Uncategorized with 3 Comments

More chop logic from our leaders, this time coming from the World Economic Forum. As the BBC reports,

“World leaders have warned that rising food prices could lead to social unrest and even “economic war”…But business leaders at the World Economic Forum rejected calls for curbs on commodity speculation.”

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Cincinnati, OH

By on 01/31/2011 in Events, Uncategorized with No Comments

A Conversation with Michael Hardt, at the Taft Research Center.

Durban, South Africa

By on 01/31/2011 in Events, Uncategorized with No Comments

Time of the Writer Festival, 14-19 March. More details here.

Babson Park, MA

By on 01/31/2011 in Events with No Comments

NB RESCHEDULED TO 8th Feb. Sorenson Center for the Arts. More details here.

If you love Cuba so much…

By on 01/24/2011 in Uncategorized with 1 Comment

Want to know what a sustainable climate-change-proof agricultural system might look like? Here’s an example from Cuba, in an academic paper written by my friend, comrade, and former boss, Peter Rosset, together with folk from Cuba’s peasant agriculture movement. The article’s free to download (for now), but the key parts from the abstract are: Keep Reading »

Victory in Immokalee

By on 01/19/2011 in Uncategorized with 2 Comments

Some good news – the Coalition of Immokalee Workers has scored a major victory in Southern Florida. Read about it on their site or, if you prefer, the New York Times.

Neutron Bomb Inflation

By on 01/18/2011 in featured, Uncategorized with 7 Comments

Here’s a piece that I wrote for The Guardian about the global rise in food prices. Think of this inflation as a neutron-bomb-style inflation: a kind that goes after workers, but leaves their homes and places of work intact. Trouble is that the responses to this inflation that might protect the poor – government feeding and public works programmes – are the ones in the deficit hawk’s cross-hairs. It’s entirely possible to balance a budget and have large public works, but that means taxing the rich. In this political climate, that’s unlikely. So, watch out for more food rebellions in 2011. Keep Reading »

A 1969 School Breakfast Radio Show

By on 01/18/2011 in Uncategorized with No Comments

I’m doing a bit of work on the Black Panther Party’s School Breakfast program, and came across this terrific 1969 radio interview with children and Black Panther activists. You’ll need 20 minutes and the free Real Audio player. Click here to listen.

New York, NY

By on 01/12/2011 in Events with No Comments

CUNY Segal Theater from 12p – 2p. Free. Details to come.