KPFA Radio presents SASHA LILLEY Catastrophism, The Apocalyptic Politics of Collapse and Rebirth Hosted by Brian Edwards-Tiekert Sunday, February 17, 7:00 pm The Hillside Club 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA $12 advance tickets: On sale now at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/319255 :: …
KPFA Radio presents
Catastrophism, The Apocalyptic Politics of Collapse and Rebirth
Hosted by Brian Edwards-Tiekert
Sunday, February 17, 7:00 pm
The Hillside Club
2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA
$12 advance tickets: On sale now at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/319255 :: 800-838-3006
or at Pegasus Books (3 locations), Marcus Books, Mrs. Dalloway’s, Moe’s Books, Walden Pond, DIESEL, A Bookstore, and Modern Times ($15 door)
Information: www.kpfa.org/events KPFA benefit
“Here you have it, a forceful rejection of that gleeful, adolescent paranoia that masquerades as hardcore realism… “catastrophism’ is a wish expressed as a fear, a masochistic cop-out that postures as bravery. Welcoming the end of the world as the catalyst of political deliverance is one of the most irresponsible positions on offer. This book is a superb antidote to the unproductive politics of fear.”
— Christian Parenti, author of Tropic of Chaos
“Bravo! This…has been sorely needed for so long to reveal the dead end that a politics founded on catastrophic predictions must lead to in terms of either preventing them or actually changing the world. Essential reading for all those on the left who are concerned with the question of strategy today.”
— Leo Panitch, coauthor, “The Making of Global Capitalism”
“Catastrophism comes at the right moment: the year of The End proclaimed across the political spectrum from deep ecologists to the Mayan Calendarists It is a warning not to abandon everyday anticapitalist politics for a politics of absolute fear that inevitably leads to inaction.”
— Silvia Federici, author, Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle
Sasha Lilley, a writer and radio broadcaster, is the co-founder and host of the critically acclaimed program of radical ideas, Against the Grain. While program director of KPFA Radio, the flagship station of the Pacifica Network, she headed up such award-winning national broadcasts as "Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan." Sasha is the series editor of PM Press’ political economy imprint, Spectre, and is the author of Capital and Its Discontents. Her co-authors for Catastrophism are David McNally, Eddie Yuen, and James Davis.
As life inevitably changes around us, tension grows, our worries multiply. How will we work in the future? How will we live? Exactly who will prosper in this brave new digital epoch unfurling around us? These are the sort of questions MIT investigators Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee consider …
As life inevitably changes around us, tension grows, our worries multiply. How will we work in the future? How will we live? Exactly who will prosper in this brave new digital epoch unfurling around us? These are the sort of questions MIT investigators Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee consider in their new study, The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies. The authors are predominately hopeful, even exhilarated by the new inventions on the horizon - futuristic entities that will unarguably have the power to profoundly transform our daily lives. What prompts such optimism? Will robots increasingly steal our jobs? Will they reduce or simply eliminate our livelihoods? What radical changes should we expect for our planet, and our
vulnerable human bodies.
The authors, both MIT research scientists, argue that we must learn to race with the new machines by using our human ingenuity in mixing and matching the varying new technologies. They identify what they claim are the best strategies for doing this. Are they right? Is science our savior?
Erik Brynjolfsson is the director of the MIT Center for Digital Business. Andrew McAfee is a principal research scientist at the MIT Center for Digital Business. Together they wrote Race Against the Machine: How the Digital Revolution is Accelerating Innovation, Driving Productivity, and Irreversibly Transforming Employment and the Economy.
Hosted by Brian Edwards-Tiekert
$12 advance tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/539815 :: 800-838-3006
or Pegasus (3 locations), Marcus Books, Moe’s, Walden Pond, Diesel a Bookstore, Mrs. Dalloway’s Books, SF: Modern Times, $15 door, KPFA benefit www.kpfa.org/events