Socialism and Postmodernism–talk to Socialism Conference 2011

Marxism and Postmodernism Socialism 2011 Dana L. Cloud see chart Why discussion is important: It seems incredible at present, but postmodern thought, which since the 1960s has emphasized the irrelevance if not impossibility of organized working class struggle against austerity and imperialism, is, for some, still a compelling explanation of social crisis and social movements… Continue reading Socialism and Postmodernism–talk to Socialism Conference 2011

Capitalism, Socialism, and Mental Illness (delivered as talk to Socialism 2014)

Capitalism, Socialism, and Mental Health Dana L. Cloud Socialism 2014 In the days after Eliot Rodger murdered six students of the University of California, Santa Barbara, commentators rushed to attribute the violence to “angry, resentful, mentally ill individuals” (Time) or “deep and puzzling psychological problems” (NYT). The problem could not lie in the ominpresence of… Continue reading Capitalism, Socialism, and Mental Illness (delivered as talk to Socialism 2014)

Office Hours (for my students in feminist theory and rhetorical criticism)

Resistance to the regulation of women's bodies grows in the red chair. We prepare for world traveling where, like Maria Lugones said, we learn to love each other, to listen for the contexts of oppression, to avoid the arrogance of the therapist, to study the words --and other actions-- of women resisting the colonization of… Continue reading Office Hours (for my students in feminist theory and rhetorical criticism)

Happy Birthday, You’re Not a Person

Today is my birthday. North Carolina voters just decided I'm not fully human. Here is a response. Whereas miscegenation queered the rite's unstable battle, today another state banned endogamy, the joining of like to like, ironically as ever calling difference into being. Not so much for domestication but facing inhumanity ratified by popular declaim, I… Continue reading Happy Birthday, You’re Not a Person

Justice for Loretta Capeheart! Defend Free Speech in the Academy!

Friends and colleagues: Please respond by signing onto the petition; please forward and circulate. This case has broad ramifications for freedom of expression on the part of faculty across the country. THIS IS an urgent appeal for your support to defend Professor Loretta Capeheart in her struggle with her employer, Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) in… Continue reading Justice for Loretta Capeheart! Defend Free Speech in the Academy!

Speech by Silky Shoemaker to Queerbomb (alternative pride gathering) June 4

Loved this--political, funny, celebratory all at once. This night has been a long time coming. Im so glad we’re all here to celebrate our wild and beautiful queer identities. Tonight we proclaim who we are and what we love, without shame or apology or beer commercials. Pride is strength in what we love and it… Continue reading Speech by Silky Shoemaker to Queerbomb (alternative pride gathering) June 4

The Political Rationality of Joseph Stack

Joe Stack's deliberate crashing of his small airplane into the Echelon Building in Austin, TX (which housed some offices of the IRS) on February 18 was remarkable not only because of its extreme character but also because of how pundits across the political spectrum have embraced him. Even his own adult daughter called him “a… Continue reading The Political Rationality of Joseph Stack

Defend Loretta Capeheart!

JUSTICE FOR PROFESSOR LORETTA CAPEHEART! A TEST CASE FOR ACADEMIC FREEDOM AND WORKERS’ RIGHTS Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) Justice Studies professor Loretta Capeheart has been targeted by her administration for her outspokenness for workers’ rights, against the Iraq war, and for increased representation of minority scholars at NEIU. In 2007 she was elected to chair… Continue reading Defend Loretta Capeheart!

Action alert: What you can do for RNC protesters

** PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY ** National Call for Action to Stop Police Brutality at the Republian National Convention! Support 300 people arrested in Saint Paul! Demand an end to illegal detention and brutality in Ramsey County Jail! 9/3/08, St. Paul - Approximately 300 people have been arrested for participating in demonstrations since the beginning of… Continue reading Action alert: What you can do for RNC protesters

RNC activists charged as “terrorists” for exercising democratic rights BREAKING: RNC 8 Charged with "Conspiracy to Riot in Furtherance of Terrorism" In what appears to be the first use of criminal charges under the 2002 Minnesota version of the Federal Patriot Act, Ramsey County Prosecutors have formally charged 8 alleged leaders of the RNC Welcoming Committee with Conspiracy to Riot in Furtherance of… Continue reading RNC activists charged as “terrorists” for exercising democratic rights