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Expressions of Crisis

Grace Lee Boggs: Naming the Enemy

in Causes of Crisis/Expressions of Crisis

This article was originally posted on the Boggs Center’s website. A specter is haunting the American people– the specter of destruction by capitalism. In its limitless quest for profits capitalism has defiled our human relationships by turning them into money relationships. It has transformed Work from a precious human activity into Jobs which are done…

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James Boggs: Towards a New Concept of Citizenship

in Collapse of Knowledge/Decomposition of State and Representative Institutions/What Is To Be Done

This pamphlet was accessed from the Boggs Center’s website. This speech was selected, edited, and prepared for publication by Alternatives, Detroit based organization which no longer exists. They wrote the introduction, did most of the basic work involved, and have financed its publication. Introduction This pamphlet was originally a speech given by James Boggs to…

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James Boggs: Think Dialectically, Not Biologically

in Decomposition of State and Representative Institutions/Desertification of Subjective Life/What Is To Be Done

This speech was first given by Boggs at a Political Science Seminar in Atlanta University on February 17, 1974 This is the first opportunity I have had to speak to an audience in Atlanta, a city which in the last few years has become the center for many tendencies in intellectual and political thinking by…

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Grace Lee Boggs: Introduction to Revolution and Evolution in the Twentieth Century

in Decomposition of State and Representative Institutions/Desertification of Subjective Life/Expressions of Crisis/What Is To Be Done

This essay was originally published in a new printing of Revolution and Evolution in the Twentieth Century. I feel blessed that at ninety-three I am still around to tell a new generation of movement activists the story of why James and I wrote Revolution and Evolution in the Twentieth Century (RETC) in the early 1970s,…

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Grace Lee Boggs – Education: The Great Obsession

in Collapse of Knowledge/Desertification of Subjective Life/Mass Dispossession/What Is To Be Done

This essay was originally published in the September 1970 issue of Monthly Review.   Education today is a great obsession. It is also a great necessity. We, all of us, black and white, yellow and brown, young and old, men and women, workers and intellectuals, have a great deal to learn about ourselves and about…

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James Boggs: The American Revolution

in Decomposition of State and Representative Institutions/What Is To Be Done

This essay was originally published in James Boggs’ The American Revolution: Pages from a negro worker’s notebook Any social movement starts with the aim of achieving some rights heretofore denied. Sometimes a portion of these rights is achieved without a change in the social structure of the country. When this happens, the movement is not…

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Theodor W. Adorno: Resignation

in Collapse of Knowledge/What Is To Be Done

“The happiness that dawns in the eye of the thinking person is the happiness of humanity. The universal tendency of oppression is opposed to thought as such. Thought is happiness, even where it defines unhappiness: by enunciating it. By this alone happiness reaches into the universal unhappiness. Whoever does no let it atrophy has not…

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Damian Carrington: Arctic Stronghold of World’s Seeds Flooded After Permafrost Melts

in Environmental Destruction/Expressions of Crisis

This article was originally published on May 19, 2017 in The Guardian. It was designed as an impregnable deep-freeze to protect the world’s most precious seeds from any global disaster and ensure humanity’s food supply forever. But the Global Seed Vault, buried in a mountain deep inside the Arctic circle, has been breached after global…

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Glen Coulthard: For Our Nations to Live, Capitalism Must Die

in Environmental Destruction/Expressions of Crisis/What Is To Be Done

This article was originally published on Unsettling America. There is a significant and to my mind problematic limitation that is increasingly being placed on Indigenous efforts to defend our rights and our lands. This constraint involves the type of tactics that are being represented as morally legitimate in our efforts to defend our land and…

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Immanuel Wallerstein and Sasha Lilley: Wallerstein on the End of Capitalism

in Decomposition of State and Representative Institutions/Expressions of Crisis/Mass Dispossession

This interview was originally published by Against the Grain. “Our capitalist world seems mired in crisis, beset by low growth and instability.  Immanuel Wallerstein, the father of world-systems theory, argues that the current malaise goes beyond the periodic fluctuations of the business cycle.  According to him, capitalism’s days are numbered: in 20 to 40 years…

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