This week's show features a conversation with Dr. Benjamin Noys, editor of a new book entitled "Communisation and its Discontents". Communisation theory evolved out of post-68 ultra-left communism and today is being explored and promoted by authors and activists and in journals like Riff-Raff, Theorie Communiste, End Notes, Sic and Tiqqun.
The anti-capitalist march is leaving from the end-location of the permitted Mayday mach happening earlier that day: the MLK Center in Old Fourth Ward. The anti-cap march will be heading back downtown, into the financial and shopping district. The march will take place around 1:15pm.
Since the 29th of March, three people have been in preventive detention. One of these, Javi, was arrested in the morning as he participated in an informative picket in the Clot neighborhood, while Isma and Dani were arrested in a picket in Zona Universitària.
The Portland Action Lab's Feb 29th march to “Shut Down the Corporations!” (F29) was picked up by over 70 cities, making waves across the country. Here in Portland, roughly 1,000 people responded and showed up in the middle of the day, in the middle of the week, to march through downtown streets for over three hours in the cold rain. F29 reinforced that the best lessons of the last three months, our unapologetic defiance of established institutions - the courts, political parties, the police, and even trade unions and nonprofits - has been our greatest strength. This defiance has rallied thousands to our side in a manner that the past fifteen years of protests, marches, and symbolic actions have largely failed to do.
I have recently been to a couple of assemblies related to the things that we are trying to do through Reclaim the Fields on these islands and thought it may be useful to offer a little feedback about the main themes of the gatherings and what routes to action emerged. The assemblies were the Reclaim the Fields European assembly in Turin, Italy (29th feb - 4th march) and the Lets Liberate Diversity conference hosted by the Scottish Crofting Federation (9 - 11th march). I hope you find these few notes useful, please get in touch if you want to open a deeper conversation on these topics.
The General Strike of 29 March paralyzed much of Spain. The ports shut down, along with many factories, electricity consumption fell by 24% (even though in Madrid, for example, they kept the street lights running during the day to jack up the usage rates and affect the statistics), transport in many areas was paralyzed, strike participation ran between 80-100% in most industries (and at about a quarter to a third in the service sector and the small shops).
Some people may dismiss Paul Mason as just another journalist, especially since he advocated more effective policing to contain the 'Black Bloc' after the 26 March TUC demo. Yet, this is no reason not to read Why It's Kicking off Everywhere: The New Global Revolutions.
The multitudes continue their fight against the encroachment of the Empire into every aspect of their lives. They fight back against global capital's unending thirst for resources, for lands, for water, for everything of the Earth, and against the brutal exploitation of the very bodies of the working people that come with this. We see this all over South and Central America where tribes, peoples, communities, at times even governments, desperately attempt to either roll back time to a "happier" period of national self determination, or roll on time to a global period where it is the working people of the world who run their lives.
Current policies in the EU and in Europe as a whole are as speculative as capitalism has ever been. That’s because austerity measures are jeopardising economic stability just as much as debt-inflated growth. There can never be salvation in capitalism, only endlessly recurring crises. So why continue wasting our lives for this? Let’s fight neoliberal ideology, let’s get organised on a European level. Our Day of Action on March 31st 2012 will be a first step.
The Group of 8 Summit, a meeting of the governments of the world's eight largest economies, was supposed to convene in Chicago this May. For months, Occupy Chicago, international anti-war groups, Anonymous, and hundreds of allies have publicly planned to shut it down. Now, only two months before the meeting is scheduled to begin, U.S. President Barack Obama is moving the assembly of over 7,000 leaders from the world’s wealthiest governments to the Camp David presidential compound, located in rural Maryland near Washington, DC, one of the most secure facilities in the world. The Chicago Tribune reports that summit organizers are "stunned" by the news.