'Vijay Prashad is a charismatic speaker and writer who helps his audience find their political and ethical coordinates in a rapidly changing world. His accessible, jargon-free prose and clearly articulated ideas shed light on the workings of economic policy, race, and imperialism that shapes the lives of many people. He makes the obscure, fathomable and emphasizes the urgency of people’s engagement with ideas, institutions, and politics to bring about progressive transformation in the world. Many will also appreciate his commitment to optimism and refusal to be pessimistic despite the Ruins of
'In the Ruins of the Present: Neoliberalism has failed, cruel populism has us by the throat.'
Vijay Prashad Lecture, Friday March 3rd at 3:30pm (free and open to the public)
CIE (The Center for International Education), University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
UWM Library, 4 th Floor Conference Center, 2311 East Hartford Avenue, Milwaukee, WI
Today, as dawn breaks, over a hundred million - perhaps as many as 150 million - Indian workers will be on strike. What is this strike about? It is for workplace democracy and against the neo-liberal policy slate which is eviscerating their ability to live. This is a joint trade union strike, part of a wave that began in 2008. The message to the Indian bosses is loud and clear: workers are not subordinate, prone to the policies of the Washington Consensus.
In Alternet, I have a speculative essay - indebted to Fanon - which starts with the question