Principal Organizer Robin J. Hayes, PhD at the Free University

Progressive Pupil’s Principal Organizer, Robin J. Hayes will be leading a teach-in on the topic of Capitalism and the limits of pragmatism today from 4-5:50 PM at the Free University in Madison Square Park, New York City. Some of the questions that will be discussed include:

  • What are the limits welfare capitalism?
  • How can we eliminate domination and oppression?
  • Is it pragmatic to be optimistic about social justice?

The class will be located in Section L and is free and open to the public. We welcome your participation and input.

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  1. Nick

     /  September 26, 2012

    I am so sad to have missed this! Do you have any materials from this talk available? One thing that I have missed in my Urban Policy studies at The New School was a more rigorous discussion of Marxist economics. Most of the professors seem to be sympathetic to alternate forms of economic organization to capitalism, yet we insist on teaching liberal economics first because that is where most of the conversations are going to be at in the professional world. I think students should be taught Marx first to cultivate a different worldview and then learn more about modern capitalism. Or at least simultaneously. When I studied philosophy I studied feminist philosophy and modern continental philosophy first and then went back and read the canon. I think I was greatly enriched by reading what interested me and related to me first and then learning more about the past.

    One resource I’ve always found refreshing for its optimism, accessibility and utility for those across the ideological spectrum is http://www.communityeconomies.org. My favorite feminist geographers, JK Gibson Graham, founded the site and they do a lot of work on narratively deconstructing the “monster” that capitalism has become in our organizing imaginations.

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    • Progressive Pupil

       /  October 2, 2012

      Hi Nick, The talk is based in part on excerpts from “Justice and the Politics of Difference” by Iris Marion Young and “Are Prisons Obsolete?” by Angela Y. Davis. They are great reads.

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