Epic interview on art and money, plus (summer updates)

Some news, plus a four-part podcast interview about art, money, activism and more. Continue reading Epic interview on art and money, plus (summer updates)

“Colonial Debts, Imperial Insolvencies, Extractive Nostalgias” focus section of Discover Society

Clea Bourne, Paul Gilbert, Johnna Montgomerie and I have edited a special section of Discover Society on the topic of “Colonial Debts, Imperial Insolvencies, Extractive Nostalgias,” building on the illuminating gathering we organized on the topic last Fall in London. Continue reading “Colonial Debts, Imperial Insolvencies, Extractive Nostalgias” focus section of Discover Society

Reimagining our collective powers against austerity (BG/ROAR)

From http://roarmag.org/2015/06/max-haiven-common-austerity/ (In German) from Berliner Gazette Part 1 – http://berlinergazette.de/recht-auf-gemeinschaftseigentum/ Part 2 – http://berlinergazette.de/commons-als-menschenrecht/ The following edited text is based on an interview with Max Haiven by the Berliner Gazette on the topic of their annual theme UN|COMMONS. It is published under Creative … Continue reading Reimagining our collective powers against austerity (BG/ROAR)

The Ivory Cage and the Ghosts of Academe, and an open letter to Bush II about his “art”

Two online publications in the past few days: Over at Truth-out, my essay “The Ivory Cage and the Ghosts of Academe: Labor and Struggle in the Edu-Factory,” which discusses the deplorable state of post-secondary/higher education today, and the need to … Continue reading The Ivory Cage and the Ghosts of Academe, and an open letter to Bush II about his “art”

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“Capitalism’s Crisis of Value and Imagination” in Truth-Out

Truth-Out has published an excerpt from my book Crises of Imagination, Crises of Power: Capitalism, Creativity and the Commons (Zed Books, March 2014) titled “Capitalism’s Crisis of Value and Imagination.” It can be found here: http://www.truth-out.org/progressivepicks/item/21647-capitalisms-crisis-of-value-and-imagination Another excerpt from the … Continue reading “Capitalism’s Crisis of Value and Imagination” in Truth-Out

An iconic poster from May '68, Paris

Memory and the Radical Imagination (Against the Grain Interview)

An iconic poster from May '68, Paris
An iconic poster from May ’68, Paris

The wonderful radio program Against the Grain is (re)broadcasting a long interview host C.S. Soong conducted with me last year.  From the description on their website (http://www.againstthegrain.org/program/762/wed-81413-memory-and-radical-imagination):

Global capitalism, far from being only an economic phenomenon, affects and influences how we think, including what and how we think about the past. Max Haiven reveals how neoliberal-era initiatives frame human cooperation and collective action; he also emphasizes the importance of what he calls “commoning memory.”

You can listen to the interview “live” on KPFA or WBAI, download an MP3 from the website, or subscribe to Against the Grain’s podcast, which I highly recommend as they always feature fascinating and provocative guests and great interviews.

This interview was based on an article I wrote titled “‘Are your children old enough to learn about May ’68?’: Recalling the radical event, refracting utopia and commoning memory” which appeared in 2011 the 78th issue of the journal Cultural Critique (pp. 60-87).  You can download a PDF here.

Below is a lightly edited transcript of the interview:

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Genpei Akasegawa, "Impound Object : Mask", 1963

“Financial Totalitarianism” in Truth-Out [plus video]

Truth-out has published an article where I try and lay out, in as plain terms as possible, the idea of “financialization” as a form of totalitarianism that works on the economic, political, social and cultural levels. Check it out: http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/16911-financial-totalitarianism-the-economic-political-social-and-cultural-rule-of-speculative-capitalContinue reading “Financial Totalitarianism” in Truth-Out [plus video]