The ReImagining Value Action Lab (RiVAL) is a research and creativity workshop for the radical imagination active around the world and locally in Thunder Bay, Canada.
(Panel) The vengeance of unpayable debts: Racial capitalism and the reclaiming of debts from below
* Hannah Appel (UCLA/Debt Collective)
* Max Haiven (Lakehead)
* Denise Ferreira da Silva (UBC)
* Frances Negrón-Muntaner (Columbia)
* Facilitator: Catherine Cumming
- How do debts function, yesterday and today, as racial capitalim’s revenge?
- Can debt be a grounds for emergent solidarities, today and tomorrow?
- What are the oppressed owed?
-How might those debts be reclaimed?
As the late David Graeber’s bestseller Debt: The First 5,000 Years taught us, unpayable debts have long been a tool that the powerful used to subjugate the oppressed. No less today when, as Denise Ferreira da Silva shows, the weight of debt disproportionately falls on the shoulders of those already encumbered by the burdens of racialization. But da Silva also encourages us to recognize the kinds of unpayable debts we owe to one another, to ancestors and to common struggle that might be the grounds of (re)emergent solidarity. Likewise Frances Negrón-Muntaner’s investigation of Puerto Rico’s colonial unpayable debt reveals that artists, activists and intellectuals are seizing the moment to ask profound questions of who really owes whom what. Likewise, the activist group Debt Collective is seeking to organize otherwise isolated debtors into a union of collective refusal and reinventing solidarity along the way. Can such efforts truly challenge a form of global racial capitalism that appears, as Max Haiven argues, to be taking a kind of nihilistic revenge on the planet?
More information: https://reimaginingvalue.ca/The-vengeance-of-unpayable-debts-Racial-capitalism-and-the-reclaiming-of-debts-from-below-efffbe8fcab24298adf5d6ef2a2263e5
The struggle for the post-pandemic imagination (Max Haiven)
Recorded April 7 as part of the “Pivot(al): Possibilities for a Post-pandemic World” lecture series of the Third Age Learning program of Lakehead University --> https://www.lakeheadu.ca/about/orillia-campus/community-programs/tal
What if we imagined the imagination as the basic building block of our society and everything in it? Take today’s increasingly digital form of money for example: an imaginary substance given value by our shared imaginative energies, but with a profound power over life and death around the world. Money is only one of many social and political institutions that depends on the imagination. Indeed, most of what we consider normal, necessary or eternal is imaginary. In the face of the urge to return to a “normal" that was destroying the planet and so many lives, how can we orchestrate the imagination more fair, peaceful and abundant ways of living together?
Dr. Max Haiven is Canada Research Chair in Culture, Media and Social Justice at Lakehead University, where he co-directs RiVAL: The ReImagining Value Action Lab, a workshop for the radical imagination, social justice and decolonization.
Revenge Against Revenge?: Biden’s Revenge Politics and The Cure at Troy (Max Haiven)
A recording of the essay "Revenge Against Revenge?: Biden’s Revenge Politics and The Cure at Troy" by Max Haiven, published in the Los Angeles Review of Books in March of 2021 - https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/revenge-against-revenge-bidens-revenge-politics-and-the-cure-at-troy/
"Revenge Is A Human Dream": On The Poetics And Politics Of Avenging,
A launch of Max Haiven's new book Revenge Capitalism: The Ghosts of Empire, the Demons of Capital, and the Settling of Unpayable Debts, part of the ambitious 'Radical May' programme of round tables, talks and debates around the ideas that will transform the world to come. This dialogue takes 'Revenge Capitalism' as an impetus for a wide-ranging conversation about politics, literature, film, poetry and society.
Phanuel Antwi works with dance, is a poet as well as an assistant professor in the Department of English language and literatures at University of British Columbia.
Max Haiven is Canada Research Chair in Culture, Media and Social Justice at Lakehead University. -------------
FURTHER READING: 'Revenge Capitalism' is published on May 20th. You can pre-order your copy from plutobooks.com. To get 40% off the cover price, enter the code 'REVENGE40' at the checkout. https://www.plutobooks.com/9780745340...
RADICAL MAY: Check out the rest of the Radical May programme for more talks from a plethora of international radical publishers. https://radicalmay.literalbcn.cat/
The GameStop saga is not the revenge against finance we deserve
"The GameStop saga is not the revenge against finance we deserve" by Max Haiven was published by Truthout on February 3, 2021 --> https://truthout.org/audio/the-gamestop-saga-is-not-the-revenge-against-finance-we-deserve/
The power, potential and peril of the GameStop affair (ROAR)
"The power, potential and peril of the GameStop affair," an essay by Max Haiven, was published in ROAR Magazine February 3, 2021 --> https://roarmag.org/essays/gamestop-affair-financialized-resistance/