Monday, 13 October, 2008
Naomi Klein and Democratic Reconstruction
When you scroll through the Aurora Forum archive, you find that we regularly present conversations with investigative journalists such as Rebecca Solnit, Lewis Lapham, Amy Goodman, Chris Hedges, and Dahr Jamail, whose writings are motivated by a passion for social justice. This coming Thursday, October 16 we welcome another such journalist, Naomi Klein, for a conversation that grows out of her latest book, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (2007).
Naomi Klein first arrived on the scene with No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies (2000), an international bestseller that examines the way our affluence is a by-product of globalization's devastating effects on the world's poor. In between No Logo and The Shock Doctrine, she and her husband, Avi Lewis, produced The Take (2004). This film chronicles events in the wake of Argentina's economic collapse in 2001, after which unemployed workers took over factories abandoned by the multinationals and got them running again.
Naomi and Avi wrote about the Argentine struggle for democratic reconstruction in The Nation: "The legal and political case for worker control in Argentina does not only rest on the unpaid wages, evaporated benefits, and emptied-out pension funds. The workers make a sophisticated case for their moral right to property...based not just on what they're owed personally, but what society is owed. The recovered companies propose themselves as an explicit remedy to all the corporate welfare, corruption, and other forms of public subsidy the owners enjoyed in the process of bankrupting their firms and moving their wealth to safety, abandoning whole communities to the twilight of economic exclusion."
Does the case in Argentina offer lessons for what we face now in the United States, where we've also seen a massive transfer of public wealth to private hands through crony capitalism fueled by unchecked greed? Naomi Klein thinks it does, and her books are filled with stories of similar devastation and of courageous people who wake up from the shock and find ways to work together to preserve democratic ideals.
I look forward to seeing you there.
Monday, 13 October, 2008
Joycelyn Elders with LaDoris Cordell
Monday, April 14, 2003 | 7:30 - 9:00pm | Kresge Auditorium | Free and Open to All
Julia Butterfly Hill with Rebecca Solnit
Monday, June 2, 2003 | 7:30 - 9:00 | Kresge Auditorium | Free and Open to All
Jacob Needleman and Scotty McLennan
Monday, January 26, 2004 | 7:30 – 9:00 | Kresge Auditorium | Free and Open to All
America is … a philosophical identity composed of ideas of freedom, liberty, independent thought, independent conscience, self-reliance, hard work, justice. That is both the weakness and strength of America. To love America is not to love one’s roots&mdashit is to love the flower that has not yet blossomed, the fruit as yet unripened.In order to deepen our conversation about the American story, Needleman urges attention to iconic figures such as Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and Walt Whitman, who remind us of founding ideals which may inspire our actions today. We must, he says,
remythologize the idea of America.But how? Related Themes: America, hope, myth, spirituality
Thursday, September 30, 2004 | 7:30 -9:30pm | Kresge Auditorium | Free and Open to All
Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism. The usual format for the Aurora Forum is on-stage conversation that opens to audience participation. Tonight we break precedent by inviting Dr. West to present a lecture followed by a question-and-answer period. As always, our intention is to inspire conversation, and we hope you will share insights generated by this discussion with members of your family, neighbors, and colleagues. Related Themes: democracy, hope, imperialism, justice
Sister Helen Prejean and Lawrence C. Marshall with William F. Abrams
Thursday, October 27, 2005 | 7:30 – 9:00pm | Kresge Auditorium | Free and Open to All
the best court system in the world? And how can fifty states, each bound by the same Constitution and Supreme Court guidelines, implement the death penalty so differently? Should justice in a democratic society be an arbitrary matter? You are invited to join this conversation about one of the most important civil rights issues of our day. Related Themes: civil rights, death penalty, hope, justice