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Abolition: Can It Be A Reality?
A conversation with Geo Maher, Dustin Gibson, Dolly Prabhu and Faith McClendon.

As U.S. Sanctions Maduro and Hints at Regime Change, a Debate on Resolving the Crisis in Venezuela
Democracy Now!

Professor George Ciccariello-Maher on the crisis in Venezuela

Geo Maher

Geo Maher is an organizer, writer, radical political theorist and Visiting Associate Profesor at Vassar College.  He has been Visiting Scholar at the Decolonizing Humanities Project at the College of William & Mary, the Hemispheric Institute in New York and the Institute of Social Research at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), and has taught previously at Drexel University, U.C. Berkeley, San Quentin State Prison, and the Venezuelan School of Planning in Caracas. He holds a B.A. in Government and Economics from St. Lawrence University, a B.A. Hons. and M.A. in Social and Political Sciences from St. John’s College, University of Cambridge, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from U.C. Berkeley.

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Resistance is everywhere, but everywhere a surprise, especially when the agents of struggle are the colonized, the enslaved, the wretched of the earth. Anticolonial revolts and slave rebellions have often been described by those in power as “eruptions”––volcanic shocks to a system that does not, cannot, see them coming.

In Anticolonial Eruptions Geo Maher diagnoses a paradoxical weakness built right into the foundations of white supremacist power, a colonial blindspot that grows as domination seems more complete.

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We study revolutionary change not simply to understand it. We study revolution to make it.

With revolutionary change once again on the table, the time is ripe to sharpen the weapons of theory for the struggles looming on the horizon. It was in this moment that Geo Maher put forth a call to investigate what a revolution is and how to make it. In a growing online (as everything was those days) reading group people gathered together to take up that call and think through the past, the present, and help us imagine the future we want. It was these impassioned discussions that birthed Spirals of Revolt.

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