"'revolution' extra"; Oct 18, 1999
PLF13 at SPAMstudent.canterbury.ac.nz
Sun Oct 17 19:49:53 MDT 1999
1. New issue of 'revolution' now available
The October/November issue of 'revolution' (#11) is in bookshops as of
today and tomorrow, having already been mailed out to subscribers.
This is an expanded 40-page issue, with a special focus on NZ politics
coming up to the elections.
The contents are:
p3/Editorial: Banal Politics
Philip Ferguson argues that there is no real choice this election and
Labour and National should do the decent thing and fuse into one party
from Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Buenos Aires and Amsterdam; including an
exchange between Jurriaan Bendien and Philip Ferguson on the welfare state
p7-14/The end of the party?
In a major feature article, Huw Jarvis looks at the unprecedented
convergence of party politics, and at the massive decline of the parties
themselves as representative institutions of sections of society. He
examines how this is a product of wider social trends. Also examined is
the increasing relationship of parties to the state, which is now the main
source of party funds for many of these outfits, and the withering away of
mass party membership.
p15-17/The Rise of the Young Fogies
Young people are increasingly likely to support conservative politics,
while the left is in danger of becoming an old folks home. Huw Jarvis
examines the situation
The 'new right' is more washed up than John-John Kennedy, argue Grant
Cronin and Sharon Jones. 'Caring capitalism' is the ideology of the new
round of capital accumulation.
p23/The end of social democracy
Jurriaan Bendien argues that Roger Douglas killed NZ social democracy for
once and for all
p24-26/Realism versus reformism
There is nothing realistic about reformism, argues Philip Ferguson; it has
taken us around in a century-long circle, returning us to the point of
departure. It's time, he says, to get realistic and think outside the
p27-28/Worse off in every way
The latest Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs report shows that Pacific
Islanders in NZ draw the short straw every time, argues John Edmundson
p28-29/East Timor: anyone for imperialism?
Alongside caring capitalism is humanitarian imperialism, says John
Edmundson. Intervention in East Timor, NZ's biggest military engagement
abroad since Korea, should not be supported.
p30-33/The politics of food
Better farming techniques mean that world hunger ought to be a thing of the
past. So why isn't it? James Heartfield investigates
New York leftist Louis Proyect on Ken Loach's latest, 'My Name is Joe';
Detroit artist Kim Hunter on why the twentieth century is unimaginable
without Duke Ellington
James Heartfield on Moishe Postone's "Time, Labour and Social Domination",
which reworks the anti-productivist critique of capitalism; Paul Flewers on
nature-nurturing Nazis; Huw Jarvis on Simon Sheppard's 'Broken Circle' book
about the fourth Labour government
p40/Back-talk: The Reinvention of Helen Clark
Jane Wire's scalpel dissects how history is being rewritten to erase Helen
Clark's actual political record and re-present her as Florence Nightingale
Plus ads for the British independent left-wing discussion journal 'New
Interventions' and for the first in a series of 'revolution' t-shirts. Our
first t-shirt bears the slogan "I'd rather have a revolution than a Labour
government" (with revolution in our logo).
#2 in our t-shirt series currently looks like being 'I'd rather have a
revolution than a feminist boss' (with thanks to Angela Mitropoulos for
this inspiring slogan and, indeed, the t-shirt idea).
2. SEMINAR ON TERTIARY EDUCATION:
WHO/WHAT IS STRANGLING TERTIARY EDUCATION AND WHY?
1-3pm, Thursday, October 21,
Rm 402, Fourth Floor, Education / English building.
* Universities, knowledge production and capitalism
* The economics behind the attacks on students and tertiary education
Canterbury University students have taken the lead nationally in opposing
fee rises. Three mass rallies of well over a thousand students and two
occupations of the administration building, the second occupation involving
hundreds of students and lasting two days, have taken place at Canterbury
in the past three weeks. These are the largest and most significant
student actions anywhere in NZ since the 1993 occupation at Canterbury and
the marches of the early 1990s in most of the university cities.
However, the political level of students remains incfedibly low. While
education minister Max Bradford was chased off campus last week by
students, ,the same students gave a rousing welcome to Labour leader Helen
Clark, who was a leading figure in the government that *introduced*
user-pays to tertiary education and which imposed 600 percent fee rises in
six years - far worse than the 300 percent imposed by National in the past
This seminar will look at the role of the university in capitalist society
and how the nature of capitalism necessarily undermines the pursuit of
knowledge. It will also explain how student fees are mainly financed out
of the surplus-value produced by the working class and what the
significance of this is in terms of fighting for free education.
One of the leaders of the occupation has already emailed 700 students about
this seminar, so, although the term has ended, and people are now preparing
for end-of-year exams, we expect a good turnout. We look forward to seeing
you there, if you are one of the Canterbury University people on this
"Don't Dream It - Extreme It" (Lana Coc Kroft)
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