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Ben Manski
Democracy as a movement
Democracy as a movement


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"Only social movements can create the transformation we need. As the system universalizes, the connections between its intertwined toxic hierarchies of racis[m], sexis[m] and class power and violence -what feminist Patricia Hill Collins calls the "matrix of domination" - become more apparent. This helps movements see the necessity of connecting and coordinating a universalizing mass resistance against the system itself. It also helps create a "unified front" connecting movements and the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, as well as other electoral groups, such as the Green Party and the Working Families Party."

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Conservatism as if facts mattered . . . because they do.

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We need millions of people worldwide to sign this pledge, to stand together in the coming years. Please circulate it to your friends and networks worldwide.

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In a democratic Israel, this man would be prime minister already.

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50 Years: The Roots of the Next Major Teach-In Wave

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A worthwhile read for anyone in the social sciences . . . 

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Calling all Wisconsin alumni, students, faculty and staff . . . Below is information about a sign-on statement written by Prof. Chad Goldberg of the UW-Madison Department of Sociology. This statement was just issued a few hours ago and is rapidly gaining support among Wisconsin faculty.

As UW alumni, faculty, ex-faculty, students, and staff, I strongly urge you to read the statement and to add your name: (there are options for those who are associated with UW but not UW faculty to sign). Thank you.

Prof. Sara Goldrick-Rab has spoken out more than most faculty members at Wisconsin in opposing Walker and the Chamber of Commerce's corporatization agenda. It is for this reason that she has been targeted by a distinctly anti-Semitic and misogynist national campaign intended to silence her and to intimidate others. I know Sara and respect her research and her personal courage a great deal, and have been doing what I can to help long-distance. I could write more, but I'll let Goldberg's words do the rest.

Please sign and circulate to the appropriate people.

- Ben

Dear colleagues,

As some of you may know, a member of our department, Sara Goldrick-Rab, has recently come under fire for tweeting to some incoming freshman an article about the budget cuts and attacks on tenure at the University of Wisconsin. Five members of the University Committee have now joined in these attacks, publicly censuring Sara on July 16 for allegedly damaging academic freedom and the university with the statements she made on Twitter. Regardless of what one thinks about Sara's tweets, the University Committee's statement is utter nonsense: one does not damage the principle of academic freedom by exercising it. Moreover, the University Committee took this action without first discussing its concerns with Sara, without seeking the input of the Faculty Senators who represent the two departments with which she is affiliated, and without a vote of the Faculty Senate. The University Committee's actions have since been strongly criticized in the blog of Academe, the magazine of the American Association of University Professors.

As a Faculty Senator for the Sociology Department, I have written an open letter to the University Committee asking the five members who signed the July 16 statement to retract it. I urge all faculty members in the Department of Sociology--and especially the department's other senators--to add their names to this letter. To do so, please click on the link above and fill in the requested information. It is bad enough that the legislature has weakened tenure protections at the University of Wisconsin. The University Committee ought not to compound this situation by discouraging the fearless sifting and winnowing on which our institution once prided itself.


Chad Alan Goldberg
Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
EURIAS Senior Fellow, Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg, 2014-2015…/b…/book/chicago/C/bo5509185.html

"It is necessary that we never lose sight of what is the aim of public education. It is not a matter of training workers for the factory or accountants for the warehouse, but citizens for society."
~ Emile Durkheim

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