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DraftSuggestedReadingList

Fall2014

Readingthemesarenotinanyparticularorder.Lookthroughthemandseewhichonesinterest
youthemost.

Therearetwowaystoapproachthisreadinglist.Oneistoholdreadinggroupmeetingsaround
acertainthemeandreadallthearticlesforthattheme.Anotheristochoosethreereadingsfrom
differentthemesforasinglesessionandbreakupthemeetingintothreepartstotalkaboutthe
articles.

WorkandLeisure

ThePoliticsofGettingaLife,PeterFrase,JacobinIssue6
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2012/04/thepoliticsofgettingalife/
Acritiqueofseveralversionsoftheworkethic,callingforauniversalbasicincomeandexploring
thecomplexitiesofdevelopinganantiworkpolitics.

WorkingfortheWeekend,ChrisMaisano,JacobinIssue78
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2012/10/workingfortheweekend2/
Arguesthatweshouldfightforfullemploymentandlesswork.

IntheNameofLove,MiyaTokumitsu,JacobinIssue13
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2014/01/inthenameoflove/
Whyshouldweassertourclassinterestsif,accordingtoDWYLeliteslikeSteveJobs,theres
nosuchthingaswork?

Strategy

PowerPlay,Editorial,JacobinIssue14
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2014/06/powerplay/
Weneedtogetdowntotheworkofbuildingaradicalcivilsociety.

NoShortcuts,NTanyaLeeandSteveWilliams,JacobinIssue14
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2014/06/noshortcuts/
Arguesthatleftistsneedtobuildsocialmovements,andsocialmovementactivistsneedtotake
timetosharpentheirideologicalanalysis.

ActionWillBeTaken,LizaFeatherstone,DougHenwood,andChristianParenti,Radical
SocietyIssue1
1
http://www.leftbusinessobserver.com/Action.html
Butisactionenough?Weposethisquestionpreciselybecauseactivismseemssostrong.The
flipsideofallthisagitationisacorrosiveandaggressiveantiintellectualism.Weobjecttothis
hostilitytowardthinkingnotonlybecausewe'veallgotacrankyintellectualbent,butalso
becauseitlimitsthemovement'stransformativepower.

Beyondcorporatefeminism

TrickledownFeminism,SarahJaffe,DissentWinter2013
http://www.dissentmagazine.org/article/trickledownfeminism
Mainstreamfeminismisfocusedontheglassceiling.Butfeministsshouldturntheirattentionto
workingclasswomensstrugglesinstead.Thisiswheremostwomenspendtheirtime,not
atoptheGoogleplex.Thisiswherefeministsshouldbespendingtheirtime,too.

WorkingTimeandFeminism.PeterFrase,JacobinIssue5
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2012/01/workingtimeandfeminism/
Reducinghoursspentatworkisafeministissue.

SheCantSleepNoMore,SarahLeonard,JacobinIssue9
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2012/12/shecantsleepnomore/
SiliconValleyandthecorporateworldareoftenmoreorientedtowardimagesofwomenthan
theneedsofwomen.

Thestrike

TheStrikeanditsEnemies,SethAckerman,JacobinIssue5
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2011/12/thestrikeanditsenemies/
Thestrikeisourmostpowerfulweaponagainstcapitalism.Whyhasitdisappeared?

ADayWithoutCare,SarahJaffe,JacobinIssue10
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2013/04/adaywithoutcare/
Whatdoesitmeantostrikewhenproductionisnttheproductionofwidgets,butcarefor
children,theill,disabled,orelderly?

UnionsthatUsedtoStrike,RobertBrennerandSuziWeissman,JacobinAugust6,2014
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2014/08/unionsthatusedtostrike/
TheInternationalLongshoreandWarehouseUnion,onceknownforitsmilitancyandpolitical
radicalism,facesachoicebetweennurturingrankandfilepowerandapainfuldeath.

Education

ANationofLittleLebowskiUrbanAchievers,MeganErickson,JacobinIssue5
2
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2011/12/anationoflittlelebowskiurbanachievers/
Corporateeducationreformershaveshiftedtheburdenoffailureontostudents,ignoringall
socialandeconomicfactors.

TeachforAmerica:TheHiddenCurriculumofLiberalDoGooders,AndrewHartman,Jacobin
Issue5
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2011/12/teachforamerica/
TeachforAmericaweakensteachersunions,whiledoinglittletoimprovestudentseducation.

TheIndustrialClassroom,ShawnGude,JacobinIssue10
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2013/04/theindustrialclassroom/
Inresistingstandardizedtesting,todaysteachersarepartofarichtraditionofstruggleagainst
dehumanizationintheworkplace.

Palestine

PalestineandtheLeft,Editorial,JacobinIssue10
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2013/04/palestineandtheleft/
ThequestionofPalestineisaquestionofjustice.Thatiswhywedonothesitatetotakesides.

TheOsloIllusion,AdamHanieh,JacobinIssue10
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2013/04/theosloillusion/
TheOsloAccordswerentafailureforIsraeltheyservedasafigleaftoconsolidateanddeepen
itscontroloverPalestinianlife.

APlagueonOneHouse,GregShupak,JacobinJuly17,2014
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2014/07/aplagueononehouse/
BothsidesarenttoblameintheIsraeliPalestinianconflict.Israelis.

TheLogicofIsraeliViolence,GregShupak,JacobinJuly30,2014
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2014/07/thelogicofisraeliviolence/
Israeliviolenceisntsenselessitfollowsacoloniallogic.

Policeandprisons

AgainstLaw,ForOrder,MikeKonczal,JacobinIssue6
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2012/04/againstlawfororder/
Thelawandordermovementinvokesaradicallydifferentroleofthestateinrelationtoits
citizensthantheoneofthepostNewDealera.

ArrestingtheCarceralState,MariamaKabaandEricaR.Meiners,JacobinFebruary24,2014
3
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2014/02/arrestingthecarceralstate/
Educatorsmustworktoendtheschooltoprisonpipeline.

TheBadKindofUnionism,ShawnGude,JacobinIssue13
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2014/01/thebadkindofunionism/
Whenpoliceunionshavewidenedtheirgazebeyondissueslikecompensationandworking
conditions,itsbeenalmostexclusivelytoadvanceconservativeends.

PolicingEmpire,StuartSchrader,JacobinSeptember5,2014
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2014/09/policingempire/
PolicestrategiesintheUSandimperialstrategiesabroadaredeeplyconnected.

Politicaleconomy

DontMentiontheWar,SethAckermanandMikeBeggs,JacobinIssue1112
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2013/09/dontmentionthewar/
Withavacuoussocialvision,economicsconfrontsthereturnofthesocialquestionwoefully
unprepared.

TheSchizophrenicState,NicoleAschoff,JacobinIssue13
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2014/01/theschizophrenicstate/
TheUSgovernmentsresponsetothe2008financialcrisisrevealsanincreasingtension
betweenitsglobalanddomesticresponsibilities.

UnmakingGlobalCapitalism,SamGindin,JacobinIssue14
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2014/06/unmakingglobalcapitalism/
Ninethingsorganizersneedtoknowaboutcapitalismtobuildastrongsocialistmovement.

Whatwouldsocialismlooklike?

FourFutures,PeterFrase,JacobinIssue5
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2011/12/fourfutures/
Fourvisionsofsocietyaftercapitalism:communism,rentism,socialism,andexterminism.

TheRedandtheBlack,SethAckerman,JacobinIssue9
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2012/12/theredandtheblack/
Profitisthemotorofcapitalism.Whatwoulditbeundersocialism?

Socialism:ConvertingHystericalMiseryintoOrdinaryHappiness,CoreyRobin,JacobinAugust
10,2013
4
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2013/12/socialismconvertinghystericalmiseryintoordinaryunha
ppiness/
TheLeftwantstogivepeoplethechancetodosomethingwiththeirlives,bygivingthemtime
andspaceawayfromthemarket.

USPolitics

BurntheConstitution,SethAckerman,JacobinIssue2
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2011/03/burntheconstitution/
TheUSConstitutionisacharterforplutocracy.

WaitingforSCOTUS,RobHunter,JacobinIssue14
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2014/06/waitingforscotus/
ByfixatingontheSupremeCourt,liberalshaveinheritedtheframersskepticismofpopular
sovereigntyandmasspolitics.

AbolishtheStates,RobHunter,JacobinAugust12,2014
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2014/08/abolishthestates/
Federalismfrustratestheambitionsofemancipatorypolitics.

Environmentalism

WhoKilledEkaruLoruman?,ChristianParenti,JacobinIssue5
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2011/12/whokilledekaruloruman/
Climatechangeandpoliticalinstabilitythreatentocreateapoliticsofclimatefascism.

TowardCyborgSocialism,AlyssaBattistoni,JacobinIssue13
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2014/01/towardcyborgsocialism/
ThefailureoftheAmericanlefttoengagemoresubstantiallyonenvironmentalissuesathome
hasrealconsequencesfortheexpansionofneoliberalismworldwide.

AliveintheSunshine,AlyssaBattistoni,JacobinIssue13
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2014/01/aliveinthesunshine/
Theresnowaytowardasustainablefuturewithouttacklingenvironmentalismsoldstumbling
blocks:consumptionandjobs.Andthewaytodothatisthroughauniversalbasicincome.