[OPE-L] Radical Economics - Radical Labor Conference

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Conference on Radical Economics in the 20th Century: Radical Economics and the Labor Movement

Call for Participants

September 15-17, 2005

University of Missouri-Kansas City
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.A.


To commemorate the anniversary, Fred Lee and Jon Bekken in conjunction with the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) are hosting the conference on radical economics. The Conference theme is the role of radical economics in the labor movement in the United States and around the world. Radical economics includes but is not restricted to anarchism, Marxism, syndicalism, radical Institutionalism, left-wing Keynesianism, and plain old-fashion radical economics. Topics covered include syndicalism past and present, local organizing education, radical economics and democracy, industrial relations, labor, and Latin American workers, the economics of the IWW, and Sraffa and organized labor. There will also be a session on radical economics and the IWW in song and theater; and if possible a tour of labor struggles in Kansas City. Come participate in a conference that occurs only once every 100 years. 




September 15, 2005


9.00 - 4.00                  Registration


9.30 - 9.45                  Welcome to the Conference


                                    Conference Organizers


Frederic S. Lee (University of Missouri-Kansas City and 

Jon Bekken (Albright College and editor of the Industrial Worker)


9.45 - 11.15                Session 1        Syndicalism Past and Present


                                    Chairperson:     Fred Lee (University of Missouri-Kansas City)


            Noel Thompson (University of Wales, Swansea), "Senex, The Pioneer and the 

Birth of Syndicalist Political Economy"


            Erik Hetzner, "The Early Structure of the IWW, Centralization, and the Debate on 



            Jon Bekken (Albright College and editor of the Industrial Worker), "Kropotkin, 

Anarchist Communism, Anarchist Economics, and the Workers' Movements of the Late 19th Century"


11.15 - 11.30              Tea/Coffee/Juice Break


11.15 - 12.45              Session 2        Radical Economics and Labor in the 20th 



                                    Chair person:    Fred Lee (University of Missouri-Kansas City)


Dirk Philipsen (Virginia State University), "Struggles for Economic Democracy"


Eugene Plawiuk, "The Administration of Things:  20th Century North American 

Economic Models for a Post Capitalist Society, Socialist Industralization, Syndicalism, and Technocracy"


            Jack Ross (National Labor College), "Binary Economics and the Rediscovery of 

Labor's Heritage:  Syndicalism, Past and Present, and its Significance for Labor Today"


12.45 - 1.45                Lunch

1.45 - 3.15                  Session 3        Organizing, Education, and Economics 


Chairperson:     Jon Bekken (Albright College and editor of the Industrial Worker)


            Peter Donohue (PBI Associates/Portland State University), "Let a Hundred 

Flowers Bloom:  Union Organizing on Commission"


      Judy Ancel (University of Missouri-Kansas City), "The Regime Change 2004 



3.15 - 3.30                  Tea/Coffee/Juice Break


3.30 - 6.00                  Session 4        Labor History in Kansas City


                                    Chairperson:     Judy Ancel (University of Missouri-Kansas City)


Slide show, tour of Kansas City labor history ending at the IWW headquarters in 

the City market, and concluding with a drink at an outdoor bar and then back to hotels.  Tour is limited to 30 people.  There will be a sign up sheet.  



September 16, 2005


9.00 - 1.00                  Registration


9.00 - 10.30                Session 5        Radical Economics, Galbraith, and Industrial 



Chairperson:     John Marangos (Colorado State University)      


            Jim Crutchfield, "The Purpose of Radical Economics"


            Ric McIntyre (University of Rhode Island) and Michael Hillard (University of 

Southern Maine), "A Radical Critique and Alternative to U.S. Industrial Relations Theory and Practice"


            Spencer Pack (Connecticut College), "J. K. Galbraith's New Industrial State 40 

Years Later:  A Radical Perspective"


10.30 - 10.45              Tea/Coffee/Juiced Break


10.45 - 12.00              Session 6        Radical Economic Theory and Labor


                                    Chairperson:     Mathew Forstater (University of Missouri-Kansas City)


Charles Reitz (Kansas City Kansas Community College) and Steve Spartan 

(Kansas City Kansas Community College), "Workforce Remuneration and Wealth:  Observations on the Origins and Outcomes of Inequality"


            David Kristjanson-Gural (Bucknell University), "Overdetermination and Class:  

Postmodern Contribution to Marxian Economics"


12.00 - 1.00                Lunch


1.00 - 2.45                  Session 7        Radical Economics and Labor


Chairperson:     Jon Bekken (Albright College and editor of the Industrial Worker)


            John Marangos (Colorado State University), "Labor during Transition:  A Radical 

Institutional Approach"


Claude Pottier (University of Paris 10), "Offshoring Production and Global Labor Arbitrage : a Major Element of the Neoliberal Regime"


2.45 - 3.00                  Tea/Coffee/Juice Break


3.00 - 4.45                  Session 8        Radical Economics and Latin American 



                                    Chairperson:     Ric McIntyre (University of Rhode Island)


            Tsuyoshi Yasuhara (Nanzan University), "The Possibility of Micro Finances in 

Latin America:  The Financial Intermediaries for Lower Income Households and Micro Size Enterprises"


            Maria Alejandra Caporale Madi (State University of Campinas), Jose Ricardo 

Barbosa Goncalves (State University of Campinas), and Dari Klein (State University of Campinas), "Financialization and Employability:  The Impacts on Bank Workers' Union Movement in Brazil (1994 - 2003)


      Enrico Marcelli (University of Massachusetts Boston), "Culture, Community, and 

Organizing Unauthorized Mexican Immigrants in California: Wobbly Lessons."


6.30 -                           Dinner (at Aixois which is at 55th and Brookside)


September 17, 2005


9.00 - 10.30                Session 9        Radical Economics, Labor, and Fighting over 

the Wage Share


                                    Chairperson:     Spencer Pack (Connecticut College)


Tony Aspromourgos (University of Sydney), "Economic Science and the Left: 

Thoughts on Sraffa's System and the Efficacy of Organized Labour"


Frederic Lee (University of Missouri-Kansas City), "The Economics of the IWW:  

Job Control and Revolution"


            Mathew Forstater (University of Missouri-Kansas City), "Is There an Anarchist 



10.30 - 10.45              Tea/Coffee/Juice Break


10.45 - 12.00              Session 10      Roundtable Discussion:  Relationship between 

Radical Economics and Economists and the Labor Movement in the 21st Century


Chairperson:     Jon Bekken (Albright College and editor of the Industrial Worker)


Registration forms attached. (deleted, JL)


Website for more information:  http://cas.umkc.edu/econ/iwwconf/


Fred Lee

Is a Professor of Economics at University of Missouri-Kansas City and a long-standing member of the IWW.  He was instrumental in retrieving Joe Hill's ashes from the National Archives in 1988.


Jon Bekken

Is an Associate Professor in Communications at Albright College and a long-standing member of the IWW.  He is currently the editor of the Industrial Worker, the official newspaper of the IWW.


Fred Lee


Professor Frederic S. Lee

Department of Economics

University of Missouri-Kansas City

5100 Rockhill Road

Kansas City, Missouri  64110


E-mail:  leefs@umkc.edu

Book Series Editor of "Advances in Heterodox Economics"


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