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Vijay Prashad, globalist thinker, on our webinar THIS WEDNESDAY!

By: | posted on: Jul 1, 2020

Date(s) - 07/01/2020
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 Our “World After Covid” webinar next Wednesday– July 1– we’ll have as our guest the incomparable Vijay Prashad, a principled polymath who’s the Director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research and the Chief Editor of LeftWord Books. He has authored 30 books, including The Darker NationsThe Poorer Nations, and Karma of Brown Folk.

His newest book, Washington Bullets, which has a Preface by President Evo Morales Ayma, will be released by LeftWord Books on July 8.

If you have not already pre-registered for the webinars in this series, you’ll need to do so, here. (If you have registered for earlier sessions, you’ll be good to go Wednesday.)

In this June 1 interview, on the implications of what he calls “CoronaShock”, Prashad wrote:

We must judge this moment by the way the capitalist states have abandoned such vast numbers of people into hunger. To my mind, there is something greatly obscene about a human civilization – namely capitalism – that can produce hypersonic cruise missiles that can strike any part of the earth in under an hour but that does not eradicate hunger. This is an absolute moral failure.

And in this recent newsletter from Tricontinental, he laid out a “Ten-Point Agenda for the Global South After Covid-19.” Check it out!

[The gorgeous artwork above is from the newsletter. It is Frutos da terra (‘Fruits of the Earth’) by Túlio Carapiá and Clara Cerqueira (Brazil).]

Also new from Just World Ed: We now have the video of the amazingly rich and timely webinar that Bill Fletcher, Jr did with me last Wednesday. This is a great resource for anyone wanting to explore the resonance of the #BlackLivesMatter movement with current global shifts– and indeed, with the history of the world for the last 100 years and more.

If you missed Fletcher’s webinar, be sure to look at the 58-minute video– and share it with your friends, too!

… As you probably know, we’re keeping and sharing the videos of all the webinars we’re presenting in this series. The earlier ones were with Richard Falk and Medea Benjamin. And as I’ve promised, we’re now building these videos and lots of related materials into a new, on-line “World After Covid” resource center. I hope this resource center can help thinkers and activists worldwide envision how to build a more just and sustainable global order from the ruin and immiseration that this crisis has brought to so many around the world– including, here in the United States.

Building this resource center, like all our programing, takes… resources! I appeal to you: If you are able, can you help us keep our projects moving forward??

Click here to support Just World Ed’s web-based learning projects!
We are pulling together a stellar roster of webinar guests for the rest of July.

July 8, our guest will be veteran U.S. diplomatist Amb. Chas W. Freeman, Jr. He is uniquely positioned to unravel the conundrum of the complex balance between China and the United States in the Covid-19 era– and he also has a breadth of other diplomatic experience to draw on… Read more about Freeman’s career highlights here.

July 22, our guest will be Marjorie Cohn, a veteran defense attorney, rights activist, and law prof who’s the deputy secretary-general of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers.

(We’re still finalizing the plans for the other two Wednesdays in July. Stay tuned!)

I have a couple of final reflections from my experience of the webinar with Bill Fletcher on Wednesday.

One was that, while I was gathering background information on Bill, I came across this blog post, “Rediscovering ‘The Souls of White Folk’”, that he wrote ten years ago, in 2010. It was a reflection on an essay of that name that the great thinker WEB Dubois published back in 1920... And then, noodling around a little more on the intertubes, I found what seems to be the full-text of the Dubois essay itself, posted there on in 2016.

It is a blockbuster: It was Dubois’s reflection on the degree to which White-supremacist racism was baked into both the inter-imperial carnage known as World War I– and the whole “Versailles” peace settlement that followed it.

Here was Dubois, writing 100 years ago:

But what of the darker world that watches? Most men belong to this world. With Negro and Negroid, East Indian, Chinese, and Japanese they form two-thirds of the population of the world. A belief in humanity is a belief in colored men. If the uplift of mankind must be done by men, then the destinies of this world will rest ultimately in the hands of darker nations.

Today we would write “people” where Dubois wrote “men”… But still, what powerful insights.

And a second reflection is just how great it was to receive such a lot of helpful feedback from the attendees, at the end of this past week’s webinar. This whole project really is still a work-in-progress, so we welcome all the constructive advice and suggestions you can offer!

I hope you can join Vijay Prashad and me at this Wednesday’s session. And be sure to tell your friends about it too: You can use the links below, to do so.

Stay safe and hope you can join our event

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