[Marxism] ForLiberation Newsletter August 2007
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Many apologies for the missed newsletter for the month of July. I will try to make it up in the coming months.
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For Humanity's Liberation
Biocapital: The vectors of Biopolitical
By Malcolm Bull
Taking coordinates from Aristotle, Malcolm Bull finds in Agambens biopolitics and Nussbaums capabilities approach the disconnected fragments of a lost vision of society, adumbrated by Marx, glimpsed and rejected by Arendt. Strange meetings as the trajectories of the disenfranchised and the empowered, human and non-human, converge.
Biocapital: Indian Clinical Trials and Surplus Health
By Kaushik Sunder Rajan
Drawing on fieldwork in India, Kaushik Sunder Rajan analyses the mechanics of global pharmaceutical trials. The outsourcing of drug testing not as neo-colonial plunder, but part of a dual dynamic, under the aegis of biocapital: expropriation of Third World subjects, exploitation of medicated populations in the First.
Outsourcing Risks: Testing new drugs on the worlds poor
By Sonia Shah
Many medicines developed for the rich are tested on poor people from developing countries. This is a failure in the allocation of scientific resources and, worse, a threat to the public health of the entire world.
The Chinese Road: Cities in the Transition to Capitalism
By Riachard Walker and Daniel Buck
The PRCs breakneck transition to capitalism seen through the prism of 19th-century Europe and America, as its cities rehearse the processes analysed by Marx: commodification of land and labour, formation of markets and capitalist elites. What lessons might the Wests past hold for Chinas future?
Capital: Finance and the Fourth Dimension
By Robin Blackburn
The concept of alternative futures, banished from postmodernitys eternal present, flourishes on the financial summits of the global economy. Robin Blackburn argues against a neo-Luddite dismissal of the new financial engineering techniques by the Left, while coolly assessing the economic and social costs of their current configurations.
Global Economy: The new Global Financial Architecture?
By Robert Wade
As the world economy shows growing signs of vulnerability, what mechanisms exist for averting repeats of the Asian or Mexican crises? Banking and regulatory regimes as instruments of standardization, pulling national economies into Anglo-American orbits.
Unbalancing Power from Gulf to China: The new great game
By Vicken Cheterian
For 10 years Central Asia has been caught up in a new "great game" designed to fill the gap left by the collapse of the Soviet Union. By deploying its forces in the Red Armys former bases in Uzbekistan, Washington is demonstrating how its influence has spread since the cold war ended.
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