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Now Up on YouTube, Dr. Steve Macek: Higher Education Under Siege

The YouTube video of Saturday September 15, 2018 is now available for viewing on the YouTube channel of the Open University of the Left.

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Dr. Steve Macek at Open University of the Left

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Dr. Steve Macek presents: Higher Education Under Siege

Since the late 1960’s, higher education has been under attack from the right as a breeding ground for leftist of various stripes. During this time, we’ve witnessed one wave after another of such attacks.

It is not a coincidence that this reactionary public relations campaign against higher education has coincided with the casualization of much of the university workforce, a political attack on the rights of faculty unions and dramatic cuts to government financial support for higher education. Though not as visible or well publicized as the right’s ideological attacks on the supposed “liberalism” of the academy, the decline in state support for post-secondary education, the corresponding rise in average tuition and student debt, and the increasing “adjunctification” of college instruction have also been part of a carefully coordinated campaign, which is funded and lead by many of the same right-wing organizations and wealthy individuals.

Open University of the Left welcomes back Steve Macek who is a Professor in Communication and Media Studies at North Central College and a member of the Executive Committee of the Illinois AAUP.

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Now Up on YouTube, Jerry Harris: Who Leads Global Capitalism? The Unlikely Rise of China

 

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Jerry Harris presents: Who Leads Global Capitalism? The Unlikely Rise of China

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Jerry Harris presents: Who Leads Global Capitalism? The Unlikely Rise of China
 
The idea that China, once the center of world revolutionary passion, should lead global capitalism is as unexpected as it is
ironic. Disappearing is the dominant position of the US, further undercut by the erratic nationalism of President Trump. With the US acting as if globalization is the unwanted step-child of its hegemonic power, the guardianship of transnational capital has fallen to the Chinese.
 
The Chinese TCC has been cautious in taking on the role of world leadership. But as China grew to the second largest world economy the CCP wanted to step-up the value chain ladder, develop a consumer middle class, and take the lead in key technologies such as robots, electric cars, green energy, and semi-conductors. With capital accumulation bulging out of the pockets of state banks and their sovereign wealth fund, President Xi’s call for “outward bound” investments opened a new door for accumulation. No longer would China simply be a platform for foreign investments, but a global power taking the lead on foreign direct investments (FDI) and sending their capital into the markets of the world.
 
 China has taken a number of distinct steps in its emergence as a leader of global capitalism. Some of the most significant were the creation of the BRIC’s bank, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, the promotion of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, their rapid development of wind and solar power, and the strategic economic plan for the One Belt Road (OBOR). The presentation will discuss this broad strategy and its contradictions. 
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Now Up on YouTube, Dr. Lee Artz, Bolivarian Venezuela in Defiance of the US Empire

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Dr. Lee Artz presents: Bolivarian Venezuela in Defiance of the US Empire

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Dr. Lee Artz presents: Bolivarian Venezuela in Defiance of the US Empire

Nicolas Maduro was reelected President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on May 20, 2018. Maduro received a landslide 67.7% of the total vote cast. His nearest challenger received about 21%. This result occurred despite a unrelenting disinformation and sanctions campaign in the country. This campaign was conducted by the United States-OAS- and internal Venezuelan opposition. The deceit of the US government here has not been lost on observers who have noted that the United States government has been attacking Russia at the very same time for allegedly interfering in the 2016 US elections while the United States has been working overtime to delegitimize and disrupt the just completed Venezuelan elections.

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has served as an inspiration for much of the struggling people’s of the world. Since 2015, the US has unleashed illegal sanctions on Venezuela as a form of economic warfare. These sanctions are illegal under international law because they impose a collective punishment upon the Venezuelan people for the actions of their government.

Now we learn that the President of the United States has raised the question of the invasion of Venezuela. Polling has indicated that the vast majority of Venezuelans are against sanctions and any outside military intervention. The poor and formally dispossessed also have nothing too lose by resisting any attempted right wing takeover of Venezuela. The international community must also reject any outside interference in Venezuela.

Dr. Lee Artz is the Director of the Center for Global Studies at Purdue Northwest. He teaches media and culture in the graduate program at PNW. Lee is a former steelworker and machinist. He has participated in Latin American solidarity activities for decades.

P.S. Bring a bag to pick up some free books from the personal library of the late Dr. William Pelz.

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Open University of the Left goes to the Left Forum 2018

June 1st through June 3rd saw the reconvening of the Left Forum. The event was held as it has been for the last five years at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York in New York City. This event is the largest annual gathering in North America of the U.S. and International Left. The Left Forum was founded in 1981 and was originally called the Socialist Scholars Conference. In brief, the Left Forum brings together intellectuals, academics and activists whose purpose is among other things, to share their perspectives, experiences, strategies and visions.

What follows for your consideration are eight sessions conducted at the conference out of a total of about 270 scheduled events.

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These programs are but a small sample, yet represent a broad perspective of current left political thinking. The thoughts and ideas heard and seen here serve not only as a critique of capitalism but by extension, also serve and  promote radical alternatives to the existing system itself.
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Left Forum 2018, Democracy: Liberal, Radical, Socialist, Socialist Register, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung – New York Office John Jay College, CUNY, 6-3-2018, Greg Albo, York University, Alex Demirovic, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Berlin, Nancy Holmstrom, Leo Panitch, York University, Socialist Register
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Left Forum 2018, Negative Economics – its Pedigree and History, John Jay College, CUNY, 6-2-2018, New York City, NY., Institute for the Study of Long Term Economic Trends, UMKC, The Real News Network, Michael Hudson, Institute for the Study of Long Term Economic Trends, UMKC, The Real News Network, Michael Perelman, California State University, Paul Sliker
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Left Forum 2018, Imagining an Authentic 21st Century U.S. Left, John Jay College, CUNY, 6-3-2018, New York City, NY. Paul Street, Truthdig, Chris Hedges, Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report, Bruce Dixon, Black Agenda Report
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Left Forum 2018, Money Matters! Why Monetary Theory and Policy Is a Critical Terrain For the Left, The Democracy Collaborative, John Jay College, CUNY, 6-3-2018, New York City, NY. Stephanie Kelton, Sanders Institute, Stony Brook Univ., Gar Alperovitz, The Democracy Collaborative, Michael Hudson, Pavlina Tcherneva, Bard College, Levy Economic Institute, Raul Carrillo, Modern Monetary Network, New Economic Project
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Left Forum 2018, The Marxist “Transformation Problem” in the 21st Century: Why Does It Matter? Science & Society, John Jay College, CUNY, 6-2-2018, New York City, NY. David Laibman, Science & Society, Fred Moseley
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Left Forum 2018, Russiagate: Muzzling the Black Left and the March to War
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Left Forum 2018, The Panthers Can’t Save Us Now- Confronting the Prison State and the Limits of “Black Exceptionalism” John Jay College, CUNY, 6-2-2018, New York City, NY, Cedric Johnson, University of Illinois – Chicago, Nancy Holmstrom, Rutgers University, Jay Arena, College of Staten Island – CUNY
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Left Forum 2018, W.E. B DuBois: What His Life and Work Can Teach Us Today. Left Forum, Democracy at Work, John Jay College, CUNY, 6-1-2018, New York City, NY, Richard Wolff, New School, Democracy at Work, Left Forum, Chris Hedges, Tim Schermerhorn, Democracy at Work, Labor Notes, Black Workers Rank and File Network

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Now up on YouTube, Kevin Ovenden “The Rise of the Far Right in Europe, and the Left’s Response.”

Now up on YouTube, Kevin Ovenden, “The Rise of the Far Right in Europe, and the Left’s Response.”

The YouTube video of Saturday May 12, 2018 is now available for viewing on the YouTube channel of the open university of the Left.
Technical difficulties were experienced in the recording of this video.

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Kevin Ovenden: The Rise of the Far Right in Europe, and the Left’s Responses

2:30 pm, Saturday, May 12
Logan Square Branch of the Chicago Public Library
3030 W. Fullerton Ave, Chicago
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Near the “Logan Square” stop on the Blue line & the #74 Fullerton bus Sponsored by Open University of the Left (note to OUL regulars, this is not our standard location)

Recent years have seen the growth of neo-fascist movements in parts of Europe on a scale not seen since the Great depression.

Large demonstrations of neo-fascists have become common, with predictable results: those who are not members of the “master race” – Roma, Muslims, immigrants, gays, Jews and others – are subject to violence, and open discrimination against them is acceptable.

As many face few economic opportunities, mainstream parties have moved ever rightwards, openly embracing anti-immigrant and other racism, and even forming coalitions with explicitly fascist parties. Virulently far right parties now have firm locks on the governments of Poland, Hungary and Austria, and have bent judiciaries and the media to further marginalize the left.

Come to a special Open University of the Left presentation by writer and activist Kevin Ovenden, who for three decades has been a campaigner over various progressive issues, including anti-war, Palestine solidarity, LGBT+ rights, and efforts to develop the coordination of the movements against racism and the far right. He has helped lead six convoys to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza, and was aboard the Mavi Marmara aid ship when it was attacked in May 2010 by Israeli forces, resulting in the deaths of 10 passengers.

He writes frequently for progressive publications in Britain and Europe, with a regular column in the Morning Star newspaper. Many of his articles can be found at his blog:
kevinovenden.wordpress.com

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Now Up on YouTube, Stansfield Smith, “Bolivarian Venezuela: Subjected to a continual US disinformation campaign while caught in an economic crisis and US sanctions.”

 

The YouTube video of Saturday, March 24, 2018 is now available for viewing on the YouTube channel of the Open University of the Left.

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