Interview with Bruno Latour from Figure/Ground

Original Available here © Bruno Latour and Figure/Ground Communication Dr. Latour was interviewed by Andrew Iliadis on September 24th, 2013 Bruno Latour is Professor at Sciences Po. Dr. Latour is a leading figure in sociology, anthropology, and science and technology studies, and he is the author of numerous books, including Laboratory Life, We Have Never Been Modern, and Reassembling the Social. … Continue reading Interview with Bruno Latour from Figure/Ground

Participatory Budgeting Hits New York City | Pretty Good Piece in The Nation

Participatory Budgeting Hits New York City | The Nation. Elizabeth Whitman has written a pretty good piece in the Nation about NY’s Participatory Budget.  What’s esp nice about it is that she considers critical perspectives pretty centrally. Participatory Budgeting Hits New York City Elizabeth Whitman April 16, 2012 A community resource center to help residents find jobs … Continue reading Participatory Budgeting Hits New York City | Pretty Good Piece in The Nation

Food is Bad for You – Top Nutritional Conspiracies

Used to be that if you were going to have some crunchy people over for dinner you could safely bet on hippie dinner staples: beans, unspecified grain-plus stews, a brick  of homemade zucchini bread, slightly clumpy homemade yogurt, and maybe a delicious carob-and-rhubarb crumble.  Or if they were staying over, you could surely impress with … Continue reading Food is Bad for You – Top Nutritional Conspiracies

International Conference on Participatory Budgeting celebrates US Processes

Now in our second day, the first (?) international conference on Participatory Budgeting on US soil drew many of the names associated with international processes, like Yves Cabbanes, Jez Hall, and  Giovanni Allegretti.  Brazilian representatives have included Pedro Pontual (representing the Federal Government), Tarson Nuñez (of the state government of Rio Grande do Sul), and … Continue reading International Conference on Participatory Budgeting celebrates US Processes

Co-opting the 99%?! Shame on UNITE HERE 217!

Here are some imponderable questions:  what role should big labor play in progressive coalitions?  If so, how?  What about Occupy? If we look at the political landscape in recent times it is clear that there is not one answer.  On one hand, labor unions are most definitely not the voice of the 1% – they … Continue reading Co-opting the 99%?! Shame on UNITE HERE 217!

More Cigarrettes, Fewer Immigrants, and Lots of Cuts: What does the Future Hold for Spain?

It’s been barely a week since the Conservative PP (Partido Popular, or Popular Party) swept the elections in Spain, winning an absolute majority in parliament here.  For the currently (but not much longer) ruling social democratic party, the PSOE, it was its worst defeat ever.  For weeks polls had been predicting a conservative victory, and … Continue reading More Cigarrettes, Fewer Immigrants, and Lots of Cuts: What does the Future Hold for Spain?

Faculty Calls for UC Davis Chancellor to Resign

You can read the letter here: Open Letter to Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi | UCDavis Bicycle Barricade. The text of the letter, by Nathan Brown, assistant professor of English follows: 18 November 2011 Open Letter to Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi Linda P.B. Katehi, I am a junior faculty member at UC Davis. I am an Assistant … Continue reading Faculty Calls for UC Davis Chancellor to Resign

Interview with Paolo Flores D´Arcais on post-politics

This is a very interesting interview that has just been published in English and Spanish by El País.  D’Arcais is a very progressive Italian philosopher whose writings rarely reach English-speaking audiences, and who edits a journal called Micromega. The original article is here. “Politics has become a profession”  JOSÉ MARÍA RIDAO – Rome – 07/11/2011 Through his … Continue reading Interview with Paolo Flores D´Arcais on post-politics