By now its old hat. Every four years the Republicans gather to formally nominate their candidate for president of the United States and every four years large scale street demonstrations vacillate between hippy parades of clever marching puppets and black clad anarchists lighting fires in the road and smashing bank windows. Throw into this mix the beefy riot squads of robocops bashing heads, spraying tear gas from industrial hoses, blasting sonic weapons and tossing noise and flash grenades into crowds and you’ve got a classic election year party. Its theater via politics, revolution and the status quo. Its passion and violence, and for all that can be said in disgust of this dance it beats the hell out the timid consumerist and soul freezing discourse our culture has come to deem civil.
In February 2012, as the Occupy movement tapered off, a strike broke out against austerity measures in the Québécois higher education system. Prevented from occupying buildings as it had in 2005, the student movement shifted to a strategy of economic disruption: blockading businesses, interrupting conferences and tourist events, and spreading chaos in the streets. At its peak, the resulting unrest surpassed any protest movement in North America for a generation.
Jerry Mander’s new book, The Capitalism Papers, has a promising subtitle: Fatal Flaws of an Obsolete System. None of the hedging of bets there that constrains much progressive social critique in the US. In liberal punditry, the acceptable spectrum of discourse does not even permit use of the word, and in the foundation-sponsored non-profit sector, such talk would be financial suicide. Nor are US trade unions, what’s left of them, anti-capitalist. (In fact their leaders explicitly claim their aim is to get capitalism to work better.)
Impunity for police and security forces involved in the raid at the Diaz school during the 2001 G8 summit in Genoa
After a 9-hour debate, the Italian Supreme Court has issued its final sentence against the 25 defendants – policemen and heads of security forces – responsible for the violence against the activists sleeping in the Diaz school during the G8 summit in Genoa in 2001. Result: most of the charges have been declared time-barred, leading to impunity for all the people involved. In the meantime, 10 activists are facing a total of 100 years of jail between themselves for crimes of “devastation and looting”.
Spain's striking miners have defied the State, the police, and when necessary their own trade unions for weeks not as they fight back against "austerity," against Capital. Yesterday, they began a march form northern Spain to Madrid to bring their anger to the Spain's capital.
We started to realize that in order to be in solidarity with other folks on campus, we had to be in our own place on campus and understand what that was. To really start figuring out—how are we being influenced by the university, how are we being impacted, what is our struggle as graduate students—so that we can then bring that to the table and be in solidarity with folks in other struggles. That was a really big question, because we were so used to being taught that, as students, we were receiving a public good from the university, especially at a state university where tuition was relatively low, and that we were recipients of this gift and privileged folks. It was great to be working with grad students who were at a really different place around that—the money, jobs, and health care, etc.
This week's latest reunion in Mexico of the G20 country-governments—that is to say, the 'most advanced' States within the global capitalist system—predictably continued in the tradition of mindlessness and unreason for which the transnational oligarchy should by now be well-known. Meeting in the luxury-resort town of San José del Cabo in Baja California Sur—a locale which, like Cancún in the Yucatan, effectively functions as a beachside colony for the most privileged, whether Mexican or foreign—the parties to the G20 merely worked to attempt to stabilize their dominion over the peoples of the world and non-human nature.
The Anti-Capitalist Convergence of Montreal (CLAC) is calling for an anti-capitalist/anti-authoritarian presence in Montreal to disrupt the Grand Prix “jet-set”, and to support Quebec's ongoing student strike, which has become a larger "social strike." The Convergence is also in defiance of Quebec’s new special law against protesters and the student strike.
We define the metropolis as the compact group of territories and heterogeneous devices crossed in every point by a disjunctive synthesis; there is not any point of the metropolis, in fact, where command and resistance, dominion and sabotage are not present at the same time. An antagonistic process between two parts, whose relation consists in enmity, totally innervates the metropolis. On one side, it consists, true to it's etymology, in the exercising of a command that is irradiated on all the other territories – so everywhere is of the metropolis.1 It is the space in which and from which the intensity and the concentration of devices of oppression, exploitation and dominion express themselves in their maximum degree and extension. In the metropolis, the city and the country, modernity and second natures collapse and end. In the metropolis where industry, communication and spectacle make a productive whole, the government's required job consists in connecting and controlling the social cooperation which is at the base to then be able to extract surplus value using biopolitical instruments.
Facing the situation of political breakdown, economic and social crisis the country, which witnessed an intense and accelerated dispossession of land, territory and natural resources, address the growing precariousness of employment and the rights of workers, the growing exclusion of education systems, to marginalization and the dominant culture that teaches to want economic wealth at all costs to the electoral context and the emergency situation caused by the political-strategic player of the covenant with the criminal capital-that does not solutions to the unprecedented violence that plagues our country and the crisis of the left, we consider necessary to make visible and strengthen the organized peoples and social activists, alternatives exist to bottom, with very different ways of politics: from the people themselves, not bad government, not transnational corporations, without criminal capital, respecting and articulándonos in building decent livelihoods in Autonomy and Freedom.