Stanley and Cornel West in Conversation

September 17, 2013 3:37pm

On his show Smiley and West, Cornel West recently spoke with Stanley, whom he considers a mentor. They spoke about radical politics, race, education, and the labor movement. You can listen to their conversation here:

A transcript is available here.

The Mass Psychology of Liberalism

September 6, 2011 11:41am

From the July 6, 2011, issue of The Indypendent:

Presidential politics is sport and spectacle alike. Unlike European countries, which devote a few months to mostly publicly financed national elections, the United States’ privatized presidential race is a brain-numbing, two-year process. Since the November 2010 midterm poll, many Republican hopefuls have tossed their hats in the ring, and the campaign is now in full swing. In re-election mode, President Obama has been racing around, assuring us that the economic recovery, although slow, is progressing despite the 25 million jobless and underemployed, and despite his steadfast refusal to craft a jobs program. We have 16 months of spin, speeches, scandals and wedge issues to go before November 2012, but the spectacle cannot hide the fact that there is little difference between the two parties.

In reality, the ideological divide between the Democrats and Republicans is between the two historic branches of liberalism.

Read the full article here.

Facing the Economic Crisis

September 2, 2009 1:48am

The main news since the Summer of 2008 has been the global economic crisis, an event described by economists and most pundits as a “financial meltdown” caused by the irresponsibility of US lending institutions and consumers alike in offering—and accepting—“sub-prime” mortgages, interest-only loans, and a series of complex derivative financial instruments. Many of the variable mortgages, which were initiated during the credit-driven bubble of the 1990s (and welcomed by the Clinton administration) and whose growth accelerated in the first years of the new century, require homebuyers to put no money down. Interest rates on these kinds of mortgages, which begin at 5%-9%, are slated to rise within a few years when they can double, triple, or balloon even more. In September 2008 we began to hear of massive foreclosures in almost all sections of the country. The projections for 2008 and 2009 were for 2 million homes (six percent of the US total) to go into serious default. New home construction came to a screeching halt and commercial building suffered only slightly less pain. In a few weeks of October, several major banks, bloated with bad loans, had failed, prompting the Fed to inject billions of dollars into the financial markets; others, like Merrill Lynch, merged with more stable partners. But the venerable old-line investment banking house Lehman Brothers was fated to fail when the Treasury Secretary and the Fed chair refused to extend bailout funds. Of course, goliaths like Citibank, Bear Stearns, the insurance giant AIG and a few others were deemed “too big to fail” by the Treasury Secretary, Hank Paulson. By the end of the month the banking system, which held trillions of dollars in unredeemable mortgages, business and credit card loans, was teetering on the brink of disaster, and the crisis was widely described as a …

Reflections on Seattle 1999

September 2, 2009 1:15am

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Humans seem to need commemorative celebrations. The importance of commemorations can hardly be underestimated. Beyond reaffirming our common species identity, they often help us recall important milestones that the complex of cultural and political influences conspire to facilitate forgetting. 2009 is auspicious in this regard: it is the 150th anniversary of the publication of Darwin’s Origin of the Species (but have we forgotten Marx’s A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy, an important precursor to Capital?—this ‘forgetting’ has clear ideological roots in the disparagement of Marx and historical materialism which is deeply ingrained in our collective discourse); and the 200th anniversary of the birth of Darwin and of Abraham Lincoln, the latter an occasion for the publication of dozens of recent books on the Great Emancipator and a chance to reflect on the fate of blacks since that fateful proclamation. It is also the fiftieth anniversary of the Cuban Revolution. Now, in much more restricted precincts, we recall the dramatic second “Battle of Seattle”—second because the first one was in 1919 when the working people of the city “downed tools” and conducted a general strike, an event that has attracted only a few historians.

The mass demonstrations at the meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) were conducted in protest against capitalist globalization, proclaimed by media, politicians, and corporate America as a boon to the country and only temporarily hurtful to some workers. The common hype was that the jobs shipped to Mexico and elsewhere were mainly done by immigrants and in industries that are low paid and Americans don’t want to work in anyway. Of course, this explanation was a gross falsehood. Outsourcing combined with systematic disinvestments in US production industries destroyed many of the best-paying working-class jobs, laid countless cities and towns prostrate, and lowered the …

Revamped site

September 1, 2009 10:23pm

The web site was completely revamped today. All the old content is still there, but now the site sports a blog section for announcements and new articles. Check back regularly for new blog entries or subscribe using your favorite feed reader.

Catch Stanley Aronowitz in Berlin at “After Bush” Conference

October 24, 2008 4:18am

Stanley Aronowitz will be speaking at the “After Bush” conference, convened by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, November 10, 2008. Franz-Mehring-Platz 1, 10243 Berlin, Germany.

“Future Promises”—Upcoming Conference in London

March 25, 2008 8:17am

A conference on “The Life and Work of Stanley Aronowitz” will be held at University of London–Queen Mary, May 19, 2008.

Fresh Off the Press: Against Schooling

March 25, 2008 8:15am

Paradigm Publishers has started shipping Against Schooling: For an Education that Matters.

Stanley Aronowitz on KPFA’s Against the Grain

February 7, 2008 6:13am

An interview with Stanley Aronowitz aired on December 12, 2007, focusing mainly on his latest book, Left Turn, published in late 2006.

Stanley Aronowitz on WBAI’s City Watch

February 7, 2008 6:11am

Stanley was interviewed by Bill DiFazio on May 30, 2007. The big question up for debate was, Why do Republicans get elected?