BTS 5/19/08: Bush Economy; French May 1968 anniversary

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It is the 40th anniversary of the French May 68, the legendary revolt that shook France and the world in a banner year of revolutionary struggle. Beginning in January 1968 with the Tet Offensive, every month added new struggles in a wave of revolutionary protest, strikes, and multiple forms of action. From Vietnam to France, the US to Mexico and Czechoslovakia (and back), 1968 saw the eruption of creative energy and daring innovation on the part of masses of mainly young people around the world. Stathis Kouvelakis and Patrick Silberstein in Paris join us. Stathis writes about the history of social protest in France, and Patrick is the co-organizer of the “Mai-68 -- It is only the Beginning” Coalition. We’ll talk about the significance of the French May and what it means today.

We begin the hour talking to Mark Engler, author of How to Rule the World: The Coming Battle Over the Global Economy. Engler considers the ways in which the Bush administration has changed the world economically and what it will mean for the next administration.

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1. Mark Engler is a writer based in New York City and an analyst with Foreign Policy In Focus. He is author of the forthcoming How to Rule the World: The Coming Battle Over the Global Economy (Nation Books, Spring 2008). Mark also serves as a commentator for the Institute for Public Accuracy and for the Mainstream Media Project. An activist originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Mark has previously worked with the Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress in San José, Costa Rica, and is a member of the National Writers Union (UAW, Local 1881).

2. Stathis Kouvelakis holds a maîtrise and a DEA in philosophy from the University of Paris 10 and a doctorate in political science from the University of Paris 8. He has taught in the University of Paris 8 and was a research fellow at the University of Wolverhampton before coming to King’s in September 2003. His main research interests lie in Marx and Marxist tradition, German philosophy and recent critical theory. His recent research has focused on the formation of Marx’s political thought, the trajectory of the Young Hegelians and the critique of political liberalism. He also works on contemporary French politics and on the history of social protest in France. He is a member of the editorial board of the French journals Contretemps and La Pensée and of the Historical Materialism Book Series at Brill Academic Publishers (Leiden, Netherlands). Kouvelakis is also an associate researcher at the Centre d’Histoire des Systèmes de Pensée Moderne of the University of Paris 1 La Sorbonne.

3. Patrick Silberstein is a co-organizer of the “Mai 68 it is only the Beginning” coalition, www.mai-68.org. He is the editor of Syllepse and long-time activist and author.