Marxist School Schedule
Our presentations, free and open to the public, will be at the Sierra 2 Center, Room 12, 2791 24th Street, Sacramento, California.
The presentations will run from 7-9pm.
Thursday Feb 18. Richard Walker: Forget it Jake, it’s (still) Chinatown.
People have seized on our now-4-year drought as a symptom of global climate change, and as a cypher for water shortages as a way of life and even for the fragility of civilization as we know it on the West Coast. “Don’t believe it,” says Walker. California has plenty of water; the problem is that it is badly misallocated and, as a result, demand regularly outruns supply. And why Chinatown? The film, scripted by Robert Towne, directed by Roman Polanski, and performed by Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, and John Huston, is one of those great works of fiction that are, in a way, truer than mere facts, because they make sense of disparate and complicated realities in a way that reaches everyone. It condenses several different places and times into a single scenario, but gets all the essentials right for the story of Los Angeles’s water grab, organized by the land barons of the early 20th century. The rub is that the story is true not just of L.A., but of everywhere in California— and it’s still basically true today. It’s still Chinatown. Richard Walker is Professor Emeritus of Geography at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of many books, including The Conquest of Bread and The Country in the City. He spoke for the Marxist School in April, 2003.
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