[Book Talk] The Conspiracy of Capital: Popular Radicalism and the Politics of Conspiracy from Haymarket to the Red Scare
Reading - Nonfiction | September 19 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment)
Michael Mark Cohen, 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 government 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.
This event is free and open to the public
Co-sponsored by the UC Berkeley Labor Center and UC Berkeley American Studies Department
Karla Gutierrez, UC BERKLEY LABOR CENTER, 2521 CHANNING WAY, BERKELEY, CA 94720, firstname.lastname@example.org