Teaching inequality: Notes on Piketty, Stiglitz and Harvey

Originally posted on Real-World Economics Review Blog:

from Maria Alejandra Madi and the WEA Pedagogy Blog

The relevance of wealth and income inequality has been acknowledged by unorthodox writers for some time. The recent success of Piketty’s book (2014) shows that the wider public is also interested in this issue.  Piketty’s  15-year program of empirical research conducted in conjunction with other scholars analyzed  the evolution of income and wealth (which he calls capital) over the past three centuries in leading high-income countries. Among the lessons, he highlighted; 

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Academic Trickery!

François Dosse (2011, 71):

“In 1969, before the definitive end of their friendship, Lacan played a characteristic trick on Guattari, who had written an important text that was a crucial response to the reigning structuralist paradigm. In the paper, “Machine and Structure,” written initially as a presentation for the Freudian School of Paris, Guattari used categories developed in Deleuze’s 1968 Difference and Repetition and which became the fundamental basis of their earliest discussions and eventual collaboration. The paper particularly im- pressed Roland Barthes, who asked Guattari to let him publish it in Communications. Guattari talked to Lacan about it while he was on the couch, but the master was indignant: What? Why not publish it in his journal, Scilicet? Lacan ordered his patient to choose his camp. Guattari was forced to comply and asked Barthes to remove his text from the issue. Lacan never published Guattari’s text, which eventually came out in Jean Pierre Faye’s Change in 1972.”

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What Amazon Taught the Cops by Ingrid Burrington

Originally posted on Deterritorial Investigations Unit:

Predictive policing is just another form of supply-chain efficiency.

(Illustration by Tim Robinson)

“The future of policing, it seems, will look a lot like the present of policing, just faster and with more math. Instead of using inherent bias and simplistic statistics to racially profile individuals on a street, cops of the future will be able to use complicated statistics to racially profile people in their homes. In the summer of 2013, for instance, the Chicago Police Department implemented a pilot program intended to reduce violent crime. It used an algorithm developed by an engineer at the Illinois Institute of Technology to generate a “heat list” of roughly 400 people who were most likely to become perpetrators or victims of violence. Cops tracked down some of these individuals, showed up at their homes, and warned them they were being watched. Similar programs using technology have been tested in recent years…

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Macherey: Lire Foucault and Other Recent Presentations

Pierre Macherey has posted four recent presentations on Foucault (from the “Foucault au collège de France : une aventure intellectuelle et éditoriale” conference), Althusser, and Hegel/Spinoza on his blog (thanks to Jason Read for posting this on Facebook).

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Urban counter-hegemonies for transforming Madrid (full translation)

Back in April I posted a translation of the first half of this excellent blog post by Álvaro Sevilla-Buitrago. I finally had time to complete the (rough) translation.

Urban counter-hegemonies for transforming Madrid
Álvaro Sevilla-Buitrago (March 8, 2015)
My translation of the original Spanish

Two weeks ago we participated in an event organized by the Right to the City Circle of Podemos that, under the rubric of Reboot Madrid, served as a space of debate to encourage ideas in alliance with Ganemos and Podemos, the formations that – currently and under the name ‘Ahora Madrid’ (Madrid Now) – converged in a joint bid of the popular front in the next elections to the City Council of Madrid. The discussion in the forum on urbanism (there were three more, on local democracy, urban economics, and rights and social inclusion) was animated, with an audience primarily made up of veteran professionals but also of members of neighborhood movements, critical academics and political groups. In the intervention that launched the debate Teresa Bonilla and Ángela Matesanz, as well as Agustín Hernández Aja, who organized all the events, accompanied me. I am reviewing here the discussion not in the spirit of taking minutes from the event – there were too many topics covered to attempt a synthesis – but rather in the style of personal reflection to share the ideas that were on the table, and in relation to the perspective that I tried to contribute to the debate.

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Recording: Dark Deleuze UW Talk

Originally posted on Anarchist Without Content:

Below is my Dark Deleuze talk, which I gave today to the University of Washington Built Environment Reading Group. Thanks to them for being such great hosts. Q&A begins at 40:54.


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Ornette Coleman, “Free”

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