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Liberal Arts for Advanced Students II

Contemporary Capitalism, Financial Crisis, Poverty, and Class Struggle
We all live and die in capitalist society. Capitalism seems like such an inescapable part of reality that we cannot imagine any other society. It weighs on us as if it were fate itself. Study hard, get into a good school, and land a decent job. Work hard. Make a lot of money. Even if you can't make a lot, at least make enough to buy things and support your family like the average Joe. If you can't, you are a loser. You’re responsible for your conditions. If you can't take responsibility, you deserve to be eliminated from society. Such dog-eat-dog worldview has been ingrained in us from an early age through media, education, and family. We may hear fine-sounding sentiments like “don't pick on the weak," “helping others is important," and “all people are equal.” But it is obvious from the daily news that these are nothing but lies. If you have money, you are treated well and given a free pass; if you don't, you are ridiculed and exploited. This is what Shakespeare said about the power of money:

Thus much of this will make black white, foul fair,
Wrong right, base noble, old young, coward valiant.

Capitalist society is driven by money, which has the overwhelming power to turn reality upside down. In this class, we will trace the origins, structure, and future of this strange society through various movies and readings. Why did the 2008 Great Crash, which shook the world economy, happen? How do poor children and elderly live? By discussing such concrete social issues in depth, we will explore the possibility of society that can replace capitalism.
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Liberal Arts for Advanced Students II
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授業計画
1 Introduction (FACE-TO-FACE IN THE CLASSROOM) Introducing Ourselves 2 Capital in the Twentieth-First Century wealth, income inequality, tax 3 What Is Neoliberalism? Reaganism/Thatcherism, monetarism, supply-side economics, reactionary statism 4 Nomadland United States, poverty, rust belt, real estate 5 How Do the Poor Live? homeless, hobo, welfare, deindustrialization subsistence economy, private property, nomad, commons 6 Matewan United Mine Workers, West Virginia, coal miners 7 Mine War, Energy Crisis, and Class Struggle labor union, Industrial Workers of the World, ecology, historical memory 8 Harlan County U.S.A. Kentucky, Brookside Strike, black lung disease 9 US class, status, race 10 Who’s Afraid of Race and Class? whiteness, labor, charity, evolution, historical materialism 11 Bread and Roses immigrant labor, illegal aliens, Latinos 12 How You Fight as a Worker working class, industrial/postindustrial economy, precariat 13 Sorry to Bother You telemarketing, cooptation, radical culture 14 “From each according to his/her ability, to each according to his/her needs” socialism, communism, marxism, anarchism, movement, utopia/dystopia, anthropocene
授業の方法
Every two weeks, a reading/visual material will be assigned to you, along with a set of questions to which you will write a response, which you will discuss in class after a lecture.
成績評価方法
60% biweekly writing assignments 40% class participation
教科書
Readings will be provided to you online.
参考書
Jessica Bruder, Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century (2017). David Corbin, Gun Thugs, Rednecks, and Radicals: A Documentary History of the West Virginia Mine Wars (2011). Mike Davis, Old Gods, New Enigmas: Marx's Lost Theory (2018). Ruth Milkman, Immigrant Labor and the New Precariat (2020). Thomas Piketty, Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2013). Boots Riley, Tell Homeland Security--We Are the Bomb (2014). David Roediger, The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class (1999).
履修上の注意
WE WILL MEET FACE-TO-FACE IN CLASS FROM THE FIRST DAY. This class requires you to be an active participant and discuss your thoughts in class; what you are going to get out of class depends on how much you put into it.