Democracy and Disappointment: On the Politics of Resistance

Alain Badiou, in conversation with Simon Critchley
Event Date: Thursday, November 15, 2007
Location: Slought Foundation
Conversations in Theory Series | Organized by Aaron Levy

Slought Foundation, Philadelphia, the Departments of Romance Languages, History, and English, and the Program in Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania, are pleased to announce a public conversation between Alain Badiou and Simon Critchley on Thursday, November 15th, 2007 from 7:00-9:00pm. This event, the next installment of the “Conversations in Theory” series, features a 30 minute presentation by Simon Critchley about his recent publication Infinitely Demanding, followed by remarks and public conversation with Alain Badiou on metapolitics and the politics of resistance and dissensus. This event has been organized by Aaron Levy, will be introduced by Román de la Campa, Edwin B. and Lenore R. Williams Professor and Chair of Romance Languages at the University of Pennsylvania, and is sponsored by Verso. Publications by the conversants will be available for sale on the evening of the event.

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Edward Said Interviewed “On The Connection”


Christopher Lydon on The Connection (2000-04-07, WBUR 90.9 FM, Boston)

Edward Wadie Saïd ( إدوارد وديع سعيد‎) was a Palestinian American literary theorist, cultural critic, political activist, and an outspoken advocate for Palestinian rights. He was University Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, and was a founding figure in postcolonial theory.

The Historical Significance Of 9/11

from The Emerging Framework of World Power

by Noam Chomsky

ACME Collective, A communique from one section of the black bloc of N30 in Seattle.

Protest activity surrounding the WTO Ministerial Conference of 1999, which was to be the launch of a new millennial round of trade negotiations, occurred on November 30, 1999 (nicknamed “N30″ on similar lines to J18 and similar mobilizations), when the World Trade Organization (WTO) convened at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle, Washington, United States.

On the morning of November 30, 1999, the Direct Action Network‘s plan was put into action. Several hundred activists arrived in the deserted streets near the convention center and began to take control of key intersections. Over the next few hours, a number of marchers began to converge on the area from different directions. These included a student march from the north and a march of citizens of the developing world who marched in from the south. Some demonstrators held rallies, others held teach-ins and at least one group staged an early-morning street party. Meanwhile, a number of protesters still controlled the intersections using lockdown formations.

Corporations targeted

Certain activists, notably a group of mostly-young anarchists, advocated more confrontational tactics, and planned and conducted deliberate vandalism of corporate properties in downtown Seattle. In a subsequent communique, they listed the particular corporations targeted, which they contend to have committed corporate crime.

Mike Davis interview

Against the grain

Will the current economic meltdown, and worker reaction to it, be a reenactment of the Great Depression? Could the politics of racist resentment on the US-Mexico border explode into (more) violence? Are global elites truly motivated to combat climate change? Mike Davis, author of In Praise of Barbarians, tackles these and other issues.

Mike Davis, “Can Obama See the Grand Canyon? On Presidential Blindness and Economic Catastrophe” TomDispatch

Mike Davis, “Living On the Ice Shelf: Humanity’s Meltdown” TomDispatch

Michael Perelman on the Economic Crisis and the History of Capitalism

Michael Perelman’s talk at the San Francisco Peace & Freedom Party on the economic crisis available at:

Also, Michael Perelman’s blog: