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Occupy Wall Street GA In Washington Square October 8, 2011

Occupy Wall Street GA In Washington Square October 8, 2011

This video documents just one of the massive general assemblies (GA) that occurred during the current historic Occupy Wall Street events with thousands of participants, and that is still unfolding. Topics covered in this GA include: - Introduction - Assembly Process - Peoples Mic - Working Group Report Backs from: *Labor *Info *Media *Comfort *Shipping *Speak Easy *Direct Action *Arts & Culture *Others… The assembly also included an address from Egyptian activist Mohamed Ezzeldin. A call to action from Direct Action. And finally, the closing of the GA. … Read entire article »

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Maurice Brinton: Cornelius Castoriadis & Autonomy

Maurice Brinton: Cornelius Castoriadis & Autonomy

A rare video Interview with Christopher Pallis, AKA Maurice Brinton, produced by Agora International during the Cerisy Colloquium around the work of Cornelius Castoriadis (filmed 1990). The interview begins in English 26 seconds into the video. Length: 15:31  (video) Pallis died at 81 years of age in 2005, 15 years after the above interview. An obituary for him by David Goodway and Paul Lewis is below. It was published in the Guardian, Thursday 24 March 2005. Christopher Pallis An irreverent … Read entire article »

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Chris Spannos: A New Social Historical Moment

Chris Spannos: A New Social Historical Moment

By Chris Spannos Introduction to a multi-part commentary series exploring our present situation, the process of social transformation, and the autonomous project for a participatory society. Widespread skepticism about the foundation of society’s structure combined with social and material crises and an information revolution seem to have placed us in a unique historical moment. Fragmenting confidence in ruling relations and defining institutions are happening on a scale suggesting that we may be experiencing what Rosa Luxemburg described as … Read entire article »

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By Stathis Gourgouris: Indignant Politics in Athens – Democracy Out of Rage

By Stathis Gourgouris: Indignant Politics in Athens – Democracy Out of Rage

By Stathis Gourgouris Source: Greek Left Review The historical fact that Athens was the birthplace of democracy has been haunting the crowds assembled for nearly two months in the city’s Syntagma (Constitution) Square, right across from the House of Parliament, protesting undaunted against the government’s incapacity to represent and protect the interests of its own society. The consistent invocation of Athenian democracy by the crowds is hardly the result of patriotic longing for glorious ancestry. The people are … Read entire article »

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Jérôme E. Roos: The Syntagma Experiment – Democracy From The Bottom Up

Jérôme E. Roos: The Syntagma Experiment – Democracy From The Bottom Up

By Jérôme E. Roos: What we are witnessing here in Athens is a genuine experiment in democracy for and by the people — without representation, hierarchy or borders. Syntagma Square, Tuesday July 12th The sun sets on Athens, casting a dark glow on the seemingly impenetrable walls of Parliament. But as thousands of Greeks converge upon Syntagma for the 50th night in a row, it’s yet another dawn for the popular uprising here. The protest banners flow smoothly in … Read entire article »

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Sveinung Legard: Popular Assemblies In Revolts And Revolutions

Sveinung Legard: Popular Assemblies In Revolts And Revolutions

By Sveinung Legard: From the main square Puerto del Sol in Madrid, to Syntagma square in Athens, Rossio square in Lisbon and other central squares in major cities throughout Europe, popular assemblies have been convened to discuss pressing economic and political issues, to place demands on governments, and to decide on the future actions of these movements. Several commentators have pointed to the freshness of these assemblies; their openness and creativity, their spirit of solidarity, and respect for the diversity of opinions. And … Read entire article »

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Federico Campagna: Autonomia And Lessons From The Italian Left

Federico Campagna: Autonomia And Lessons From The Italian Left

Autonomia and Lessons from the Italian Left; What can 2011 learn from Italy in the 1970s – with Federico Campagna from Zed Books. Listen: … Read entire article »

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Dr. Laurie Naranch: The Contribution Of Cornelius Castoriadis To Contemporary Feminism

Dr. Laurie Naranch: The Contribution Of Cornelius Castoriadis To Contemporary Feminism

By Dr. Laurie Naranch: Dr. Laurie Naranch gave her speech on The Contribution Of Cornelius Castoriadis To Contemporary Feminism at UAM. Laurie Naranch is, Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at Siena College, New York. The short introduction is in Spanish, the rest is in English. Part 1 (video) Part 2 (video) Contribucion de la Dra. Laurie Naranch para el evento anual de la propuesta de Catedra Interinstitucional Cornelius Castoriadis a la que convocan la UAM X, CIESAS occ., PROIMMSE-UNAM, UNICH y … Read entire article »

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Franco Berardi Bifo: Toward the European Insurrection

Franco Berardi Bifo: Toward the European Insurrection

By Franco Berardi Bifo: Europe will be the product of your mind Spring 2011 : the European Union is on the brink of the catastrophe, as Neoliberal dogmatism is imposing the diktat of the financial class upon the interests of society. Let’s look back, before we try to understand what has to be done. In the year 1933 in his Discours à la nation européenne, Julien Benda wrote the following words: Vous ferez l’Europe par ce que vous direz, non … Read entire article »

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Franco “Bifo” Berardi: After The End Of The University

Franco “Bifo” Berardi: After The End Of The University

By Franco “Bifo” Berardi: In 1931 Mussolini asked the Italian academics to swear allegiance to the Fascist regime. Only a dozen of them – out of 1600 – refused to subdue. The best minds were already abroad: Piero Sraffa was teaching in Cambridge as an exile, and scholars like Enrico Fermi who were working on the most advanced frontiers of physics were already in the US. Something similar is happening today in this country where twice in … Read entire article »

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The Importance of Research in a University

The Importance of Research in a University

By Mahmood Mamdani “But this challenge to autonomous scholarship is not unprecedented—indeed, autonomous scholarship was also denigrated in the early post-colonial state, when universities were conceived of as providing the “manpower” necessary for national development, and original knowledge production was seen as a luxury.” My remarks will be more critical than congratulatory. I will focus more on the challenge we face rather than the progress we have made. My focus will also be limited, to the Humanities … Read entire article »

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Austerity in Europe

Austerity in Europe

By Franco Berardi: The European entity was conceived in the aftermath of the Second World War as a project to overcome modern nationalism and to create a non-identitarian union based on the principles of humanism, enlightenment and social justice. What is left of this original project, after the recent financial collapse that has stormed the American economy and jeopardized the Eurozone? Since the beginning the constitutional profile of the European entity has been weakly defined, so … Read entire article »

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The Eros Effect and the Arab Uprisings

The Eros Effect and the Arab Uprisings

By George Katsiaficas and David Zlutnick George Katsiaficas is a professor, sociologist, author, and activist. He teaches at the Wentworth Institute of Technology and specializes in social movements, Asian politics, U.S. foreign policy, and comparative and historical studies. He is the author or editor of eleven books including The Subversion of Politics: European Autonomous Social Movements and the Decolonization of Everyday Life (AK Press, 2006); Liberation, Imagination and the Black Panther Party (co-edited with Kathleen Cleaver, Routledge, 2001); The … Read entire article »

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Revolt and Crisis in Greece: Organization, Insurrection and Control; Past, Present & Future

Revolt and Crisis in Greece: Organization, Insurrection and Control; Past, Present & Future

Antonis Vradis and Dimitris Dalakoglou are editors of the anarchist journal and blog Occupied London and members of the antagonist movement in Greece and the UK. They spoke in Vancouver on April 20 in an event organized by the 12th and Clark collective. Their talk touched on the history of movements and repression in Greece, the build up to the revolts of December 2008, and ongoing struggles for migrant and environmental justice, and against the state. There’s … Read entire article »

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Anarchism: A UK Radio Appearance from the 1970′s

Anarchism: A UK Radio Appearance from the 1970′s

One of the few recorded interviews in which Noam Chomsky speaks about his Anarchist convictions. From the 1970′s… … Read entire article »

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Remember Paris

Remember Paris

“According to Cornelius Castoriadis, the Greek philosopher, economist and psychoanalyst who immigrated to France, May 1968 began a new period in human history. It marked the outburst of a desire to connect, and a process of resocialization – exactly the opposite of what is claimed by detractors who believe that May 1968 began the process of the individualization of society.” By Reuven Miran: The student protests of May 1968 sparked demonstrations and upheaval … Read entire article »

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