This episode features a conversation between Kehaulani Kauanui and Kathy Ferguson about Ferguson’s new book “Emma Goldman: Political Thinking in the Streets.”Action news, top-notch music (including the drive-time debut of Quantuum Queerness) and more!
About the book: “Emma Goldman has often been read for her colorful life story, her lively if troubled sex life, and her wide-ranging political activism. Few have taken her seriously as a political thinker, even though in her lifetime she was a vigorous public intellectual within a global network of progressive politics. Engaging Goldman as a political thinker allows us to rethink the common dualism between theory and practice, scrutinize stereotypes of anarchism by placing Goldman within a fuller historical context, recognize the remarkable contributions of anarchism in creating public life, and open up contemporary politics to the possibilities of transformative feminism.” Original air-date 5-8-12.
This week’s edition of the Horizontal Power Hour features excerpts from a presentation by the radical Mexican development critic Gustavo Esteva titled “Beyond Development and Globalization: Anarchy & Buen Vivir” originally given in Middletown, CT on February 13, 2012. Esteva is a “deprofessionalized” intellectual and grassroots activist. His writing of the past 25 years has figured centrally to what is now called “critical development studies.” He works both independently and in conjunction with a variety of Mexican NGO’s and grassroots organizations and communities in Chiapas, Mexico, including the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (or EZLN). In the talk, Esteva emphasizes the terminal inadequacy of prevailing political priorities and illuminates the radical potentiality of what he calls “the ongoing insurrection” which surrounds us every day. In addition to the wise words of Esteva, we share some less-wise words from Supreme Court “Justice” Antonin Scalia, who explains his refusal to strike down Texas anti-sodomy laws in Lawrence v. Texas. Abundant, exciting action news from every continent (except Antarctica) is shared. Inspiration guaranteed!
Mariama and Isabelle resent this week’s show, which features a conversation between Gustavo Esteva and Anu Sharma. Esteva is an independent intellectual and grassroots activist from Oaxaca Mexico who addresses post-development, social change from the bottom up, and the Zapatistas. He works both independently and in conjunction with a variety of NGOs, organizations and communities. In Grassroots Postmodernism: Remaking the Soil of Cultures and Escaping Education, Gustavo argues that even the “alternative” development prescriptions lead inexorably to depriving the people of control over their own lives and shifting this control to bureaucrats, technocrats, and educators. Sharma, who was influenced by his work as a graduate student, is an associate professor of Anthropology and Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Wesleyan University. Her work focuses on the anthropological study of global projects of neoliberal governance and development. Her previous research focused on empowerment as a global strategy of development and democratic governance and examined its effects on citizen and state identities and relationships to contemporary India, culminating in the publication of Logics of Empowerment: Development, Gender, and Governance in Neoliberal India. Her current work is on the empowerment mobilizations and citizen-activist-state interfaces in New Delhi in the context of the 2005 Indian Right to Information Act.
Horizontal Power Hour turns this week to the possibilities of queer-cripping anarchism. Our guest is Liat Ben-Moshe, a radical sociologist whose work places her on the cutting-edge of queer studies, critical pedagogy, disability studies and anarchist studies. The subject of the discussion is drawn from a paper she co-wrote and presented at the 2011 North American Anarchist Studies Network conference. Embracing the intersectional relevance of the critical term “queering,” Ben-Moshe proposes a “queer-crip” in which the categories of disability and queerness are themselves employed as analytics useful in challenging prevailing understandings of the normal/ideal. Action news anti-headlines from around the world and exciting music from Readnex Poetry Squad, Blackfire and Reagan Youth will also be shared. Original air-date: 2-14-12.
The November 8 edition of Horizontal Power Hour transmits a “revolutionary greeting” from the prominent American anarchist writer and underground intellectual Peter Lamborn Wilson to the occupants of Liberty Plaza in Lower Manhattan. Wilson also discusses the role of technology in grassroots anti-authoritarian mobilizations, the need for spiritual anarchy and the lineage of his work in the thinking of the Occupiers as well as that of James Scott and David Graeber. The show also contains an essay from the Dream Committee’s Chris on rediscovering the neighbors in post-electrical Connecticut. Action news from around the world and music from The Pogues, Ska-P and Tansy and Tarweed are also featured. Original air-date: 11-8-11.
Join Meggie and Dan for an interview with Mitchell Verter on feminist subversions of politics and alternative socialities based on caring. J. Kehaulani Kauanui will also speak with Libor Von Shanau, a veteran of international anti-authoritarian mobilizations who has been in Liberty Square/Zuccotti Park for the entire Occupy Wall Street festivities. Reports on prison strikes in the US, animal liberations in South America and police violence in the Middle East will be shared in addition to the rest of the global action news round-up. Mitchell Verter is the author of Dreams of Freedom: A Ricardo Flores Magón Reader and has presented on intersections between anarchist and feminist thought at the North American Anarchist Studies Network Conference and the New School’s Anarchist Turn symposium within the last year.Original air-date 10-11-11.
On Tuesday, April 26, 2011, join your hosts, Abe and Meggie, for an episode featuring an interview with Robin D. G. Kelley, Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. Kelley discusses black transformational politics and the radical imagination with collective member Kehaulani Kauanui. He is the author of the prize-winning books including: Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original; Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists During the Great Depression; Race Rebels: Culture Politics and the Black Working Class; and Yo’ Mama’s DisFunktional!: Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America. The episode will conclude with a special segment in honor of May Day. Action news too! Original air-date: 4-26-11