Title: Book Talk: The Conspiracy of Capital: Popular Radicalism and the Politics of Conspiracy from Haymarket to the Red Scare
Location: UC Berkeley Labor Center ~ 2521 Channing Way Berkeley
[Book Talk] The Conspiracy of Capital: Popular Radicalism and the Politics of Conspiracy from Haymarket to the Red Scare
Thursday, September 19, 2019, 4:00-6:00 PM
UC Berkeley Labor Center
2521 Channing Way
The Labor Center is co-sponsoring this event with the UC Berkeley American Studies Department
Join us for a conversation with author Michael Mark Cohen, UC Berkeley associate teaching professor in the American Studies Department.
ABOUT CONSPIRACY OF CAPITAL:
Between the 1880s and 1920s, a broad coalition of American dissidents, which included rabble-rousing cartoonists, civil liberties lawyers, socialist detectives, union organizers, and revolutionary martyrs, forged a culture of popular radicalism that directly challenged an emergent corporate capitalism. Monopoly capitalists and their allies in govern¬ment responded by expanding conspiracy laws and promoting conspiracy theories in an effort to destroy this anti-capitalist movement. The result was an escalating class conflict in which each side came to view the other as a criminal conspiracy.
In this detailed cultural history, Michael Mark Cohen argues that a legal, ideological, and representational politics of conspiracy contributed to the formation of a genuinely revolutionary mass culture in the United States, starting with the 1886 Haymarket bombing. Drawing on a wealth of primary sources, The Conspiracy of Capital offers a new history of American radicalism and the alliance between the modern business corporation and national security state through a comprehensive reassessment of the role of conspiracy laws and conspiracy theories in American social movements.
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Start Time: 16:00