Oct 112007

J. K. Gibson-Graham, A Postcapitalist Politics. 2006: U Minnesota. This book finds a new way of thinking about and working on economic development based on a critique of “capitalocentrism”, a sophisticated and useful concatenation of theories of resistance, and a surprisingly practical approach. The critique emphasizes that “capitalocentrism” is endemic to both neoliberal and left economic discourse. Capitalocentrism privileges “commodification (marketization), the concentration and centralization of capital, capitalist expansion (capital accumulation), labor-saving technological change”. It […read the rest]

Apr 252007

Being on the Other End(s) of Things… By Amory Starr  Progressive Planning: The Magazine of Planners Network Spring 2007 Faith is mad at me today. Faith is an organizer with Power Tenants. I believe in Faith. A recent college grad, she’s doing what I urge my favorite students to do –working as a community organizing intern. She’s a good organizer. I recognize everything she does. She’s trying to get me to organize a house party. […read the rest]

Jul 042006

13 myths about globalization this is a very simple lecture. it is not about my research. it is a simple summary of the perspective of global south scholars. everything in it is very easily verified. globalization is the same thing as internationalism. it’s constantly presented to us through the images of family, multiculturalism, and communication. all these things pre-existed colonialism and it simply appropriated them! those policies are essentially a bill of rights for corporations. […read the rest]

Jun 252003

this lecture is an introduction to what i call “critical globalization studies”, which reflects the work of an international group of scholars, primarily economists and historians.   there are a few premises of critical globalization studies: globalization is not the same thing as humanitarian internationalism, the process by which people sort of travel around and work together and develop sympathy for one another and build relationships and have inter-cultural experiences. we call that ‘internationalism’ and […read the rest]

Jun 252000

Amory Starr why is the third world poor? key concepts debt: Most 3rd world countries are highly indebted. That means they owe a lot of money. In 1990, they were paying collectively $110billion/year in interest payments alone. They pay a high percentage of their GNP (Gross National Product: everything produced in a country in a year) just to keep up and most have no hopes of ever being out of debt. In order to pay […read the rest]