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Viewpoint Magazine Reading Group

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We are initiating a reading group on the current issue of Viewpoint Magazine, “Issue 4: The State” (https://viewpointmag.com/2014/10/30/issue-4-the-state/). For the first meeting, Daniel Spaulding will kick off the discussion by introducing an essay he co-authored on Hans-Jürgen Krahl (https://viewpointmag.com/2014/09/29/hans-jurgen-krahl-from-critical-to-revolutionary-theory/) and a 1971 essay by Krahl (https://viewpointmag.com/2014/09/25/the-philosophy-of-history-and-the-authoritarian-state-1971/). These texts will be the readings for this first meeting. Below is a tentative overall plan for the reading group, which we can discuss and alter if desired: 

WEEK 1: Strategic Legacies
Hans-Jürgen Krahl: From Critical to Revolutionary Theory | Michael Shane Boyle and Daniel Spaulding
The Philosophy of History and the Authoritarian State (1971) | Hans-Jürgen Krahl
(extra) The Political (1979) | Mario Tronti

WEEK 2: ROUNDTABLE: POLITICAL POSSIBILITIES
The Committee Room and the Streets | Geoff Eley
The Ends of the State | Joshua Clover and Jasper Bernes
(extra) The State Against the State | Nina Power

WEEK 3: RETHINKING THE POLITICAL
Primitive Accumulation and the State-Form: National Debt as an Apparatus of Capture | Gavin Walker
Remarks on Gender | Cinzia Arruzza
(extra) The Critique of Politics | Alex Demirovic

WEEK 4: LOGISTICS OF POWER
Lineaments of the Logistical State | Alberto Toscano
Disrupting Distribution: Subversion, the Social Factory, and the “State” of Supply Chains | Deborah Cowen
(extra) Inside Logistics: Organization, Work, Distinctions | Sergio Bologna

WEEK 5: NEOLIBERALISM AND GLOBALIZATION
The State of Capitalist Globalization | Sandro Mezzadra and Brett Neilson
The Reproduction of Patriarchal Hegemony: Women in Italy Between Paid and Unpaid Work | Tania Toffanin
(extra) State Violence, State Control: Marxist State Theory and the Critique of Political Economy | Chris O’Kane

WEEK 6: CITIZEN AND MIGRANT
Paths of Racism, Flows of Labor: Nation-State Formation, Capitalism and the Metamorphosis of Racism in Italy | Anna Curcio
The Deep State: Germany, Immigration, and the National Socialist Underground | Wildcat
(extra) The Biology of Citizenship: Immigration, DNA Testing, and the State | Torsten Heinemann and Thomas Lemke

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Monday, January 12, 2015 - 08:00
The Public School Los Angeles, 951 Chung King Road, 90012 more
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