[act-ma] Confirmed --Third round of the Joint reflection on politics, the state and the alternatives -- Saturday, March 13, 2010.

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Mon Mar 8 11:55:22 PST 2010

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> From: Pasqualino Colombaro <pcolombaro at gmail.com>
> Date: March 8, 2010 12:17:44 PM EST
> Subject: Confirmed --Third round of the Joint reflection on  
> politics, the  state and the alternatives -- Saturday, March 13, 2010.
> Eyes wide open: Joint reflection on state, politics, and the  
> alternatives
> Round 3: Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 1:00 PM
> Northeastern University, Snell Library - Room 090
> Dear Participant,
> Just a brief note to confirm our event this coming Saturday and to  
> announce folks who have volunteered the presentations below:
> GEORGE MOKRAY on Gandhian Economics.
> George says that Mohandas K. Gandhi was not just a political  
> activist.  He was also an economic activist.  His economics,  
> Gandhian economics, was based upon Sarvodaya, the upliftment of all,  
> Swaraj, self-rule, and Swadeshi, local production.  Gandhian  
> economics is grounded in non-violence and non-exploitation.  Much of  
> what he wrote and practiced still has validity and, since that time,  
> new techniques like micro-lending have added other tools that can be  
> useful in the practice of Gandhi's economic ideas today. For a more  
> comprehensive treatment of the issue see the attached document.
> ERIC BUCK on Juridiphilia.
> Eric further refined his magnificent piece on "Juridiphilia" or how  
> we unconsciously create and perpetuate the state on the day to day  
> with our own actions. He will share the results with us on Saturday.
> PATRICK BURKE on Electoral action and radical prefigurative politics.
> BRIAN O'CONNELL on Prefigurative living through economic action and  
> artistic expression. Brian may chime in with a piece of his own, I  
> hope.
> KEN RAMSAY on Organized Labor within the state. Ken is President of  
> the Welfare Chapter of SEIU Local 509 and a Social Worker for the  
> Massachusetts Welfare Department for the past 30 years. Ken will  
> give us a brief sketch of his experience with the State and how its  
> "carrot" function links at the local level with the Massachusetts  
> economy.
> ANYONE ELSE? Please let me know ASAP.
> Written work produced for this series and available for distribution  
> upon request:
> Subrata Ghoshroy, "Abandonment of Military Research as a challenge".  
> Pentagon’s share of overall share of research funding in the US is  
> more than 50% and it is dominant in engineering and the physical  
> sciences.
> Suren Moodliar, "Beyond tactical unity". Leftists can find  
> substantial areas of productive unity to the degree that they focus  
> on concrete social problems and build alternatives.
> Eric Buck, "DSM juridiphilia entry". How Love of Law Undergirds the  
> Social Practice of the State.
> Bob Hernandez, "Psychology, identity, mythology and the struggle for  
> the social construction of reality".
> Jake Carman, "Bakunin's simple point". Socialism—no longer means  
> what it once did.
> Pasqualino Colombaro, "Eyes wide open: State, politics and the  
> independent alternatives".
> Some presentations were not submitted in writing yet. You know who  
> you are, please do so ASAP.
> Recordings of the meetings in their entirety (not always clearly  
> audible and at least 5 hours in length) are also available for  
> consultation.
> Practical reminder on the format of the meeting:
> The new, underlying idea is that of free, spontaneous, self-directed  
> improvisation or to manifest, "quake", "shake", "sing" as one is  
> moved. It is about manifesting one's Self, one's historical and  
> current relationship with the state, with the state's historical and  
> current cost and performance and the state's actual and potential  
> role in either hindering or enhancing one's personal and collective  
> life.
> Of particular to interest to the group would be how one perceives/ 
> sees/feels the role of the state relative to one's economic activity/ 
> role and one's freedom/independence as a "tacit" artist/economic  
> actor. Any ideas, actual facts, analyses, concerns, doubts,  
> hypotheses, critiques, alternatives, dreams, creations or pre- 
> figurative experience that one may want to share in about 10-15  
> minutes and discuss collectively afterwards are welcome.
> Bottom line question: do we actually need this historical albatross  
> around our neck or could we do without? If so, how and what should  
> go in the place of its currently (real or perceived) positive social  
> functions (social security, education, transportation,  
> infrastructure, etc).
> Reducing one's intervention to writing so that other folks can read  
> it beforehand would be a plus or one can share it later for the live  
> archive.
> Please confirm your participation, if you haven't done so already  
> and that of any friends you have invited. Thanks,
> See you soon,
> Pasqualino
> -- 
> (I consider nothing that is human alien to me)
> Publius Terentius Afer (195/185–159 BC).
> Carl Gustav Jung (26 July 1875 – 6 June 1961)

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