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DSG: Ten Growth Markets for Crisis

DSG: Ten Growth Markets for Crisis

By Deterritorial Support Group   From the DSG think-tank: a short series of speculative projections for new territories of struggle and focuses for future ideological ruptures. Download the full report here. Ten Growth Markets for Crisis: A Trend Forecast I have long believed we do not influence the course of events by persuading people that we are right when we make what they regard as radical proposals. Rather we exert influence by keeping options available when something has to be done … Read entire article »

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Asad Haider & Salar Mohandesi: Everybody Talks About the Weather

Asad Haider & Salar Mohandesi: Everybody Talks About the Weather

By Asad Haider & Salar Mohandesi “Everybody talks about the weather. We don’t.” This 1968 poster was a response by the German Socialist Student Union to an ad campaign for weatherproof trains. The students were suggesting that like the figures pictured above, they had more important concerns than everyday things like the weather. The next year, journalist and future Red Army Faction terrorist Ulrike Meinhof would use the slogan to argue that radicals should talk about everyday life, since … Read entire article »

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Andrew Robinson: In Theory Global Cities – The Rise and Rise of Capitalism’s Behemoths

Andrew Robinson: In Theory Global Cities – The Rise and Rise of Capitalism’s Behemoths

By Andrew Robinson As the economic crisis continues to bite, and governments rush to prop up failing banks, the neoliberal model is widely seen to be failing. This is therefore a good time, Andrew Robinson argues, to look back at the structure of economic power today. In a two-part essay, he takes on the incredible rise of global cities. Global cities and the globalisation debate This article focuses on “global” (aka “world”) cities. The idea of global cities came … Read entire article »

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Federico Campagna: The Mystery of Advertising and the City of the Future

Federico Campagna: The Mystery of Advertising and the City of the Future

By Federico Campagna: This text derives from a conversation with Robert Prouse Preamble: the flood As we witness the fireworks of global finance exploding in the sky, together with the narratives and hopes of the last three decades, we might be missing the silent activity that swarms around our feet. On the muddy ground of today’s semiotic life, the sudden lack of our attention to the moves of semiocapitalism has not led to any slowing of its processes … Read entire article »

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Boaventura de Sousa Santos: What is at Stake & The Lessons of Europe

Boaventura de Sousa Santos: What is at Stake & The Lessons of Europe

By Boaventura de Sousa Santos What is at stake No more civilities. As it deepened, the European crisis made possible a new radicalism and a new transparency. Up until recently, radical were the positions of those opposing the interventions of the Troika (European Union, European Central Bank and IMF) and its recipes by reason of sovereignty and democracy, or those suspecting that the crisis was the Right’s excuse to implement in Portugal the “schock policies” of privatization, … Read entire article »

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Lisa Veneklasen: Citizen action and the perverse confluence of opposing agendas

Lisa Veneklasen: Citizen action and the perverse confluence of opposing agendas

By Lisa Veneklasen When opposing political interests are using the same terms and tactics in diametrically opposed agendas, Lisa Veneklasen asks how we can transform the power of citizen action into sustained change for justice and equality. What with claims of “Facebook revolutions” in the Arab Spring and “leaderless movements” in Occupy-Wall-Street protests across the world, the media is abuzz with commentary on the changing nature of citizen action. But – aside from new gadgets and unexpected locations … Read entire article »

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Panagiotis Sotiris: Rethinking the notions of ‘people’ and ‘popular sovereignty’

Panagiotis Sotiris: Rethinking the notions of ‘people’ and ‘popular sovereignty’

By Panagiotis Sotiris For the past weeks Greece has been going through something close to a post-modern ‘coup d’Etat’. The Papandreou government, which had imposed austerity packages that have already led to a social disaster and had lost any legitimacy, was facing the task to impose a ten-year program of even more austerity and limited economic sovereignty. It opted for a ‘heroic exit’ through a referendum. Although designed to manipulate public opinion into accepting these policies of social … Read entire article »

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Emma Dowling & Begüm Özden Firat: The Mirror Cracks from Side to Side – Of Global Uprisings and Movement in an Age of Austerity

Emma Dowling & Begüm Özden Firat: The Mirror Cracks from Side to Side – Of Global Uprisings and Movement in an Age of Austerity

By Emma Dowling and Begüm Özden Firat Events that happen in one place – especially with the instantaneous relay through communication technologies – make ripples in others. In Egypt, protesters occupied Tahrir Square and the Egyptian flag found its way to Wisconsin; protesters in Puerta del Sol declared ‘they want to be like Iceland when they grow up’, and hushed so as not to wake the Greeks. In 1999, after protesters descended upon the World Trade … Read entire article »

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DSG: Class Rules Everything Around Me / WOT, NO DEMANDS?

DSG: Class Rules Everything Around Me / WOT, NO DEMANDS?

By Deterritorial Support Group A 1% shift can have massive repercussions in a global economy- a 1% shift in theTED spread signifies a looming disaster for liquidity, a 1% rise in interest rates can shut down SME’s across continents. The same holds for the economy of rhetoric. Last year, when the British government started the implementation of “Austerity Measures” with the comprehensive spending review, the justifying refrain that rang throughout the media was one of shared sacrifice- “We Are … Read entire article »

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Gaston Gordillo: The Corpse of The Sovereign

Gaston Gordillo: The Corpse of The Sovereign

By Gaston Gordillo The global circulation of the images of Gaddafi’s corpse and the long lines of people eager to see it in person reveal, rather than a generic fascination with gore, that this cadaver embodied a state that had been destroyed. The power of Gaddafi’s corpse to affect millions reveals that the state itself is a bio-political assemblage. A man who saw the corpse on display articulated how he was affected by it. “Before, when we … Read entire article »

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Slavoj Zizek: “We Are The Awakening” – Occupy Wall Street Talk

Slavoj Zizek: “We Are The Awakening” – Occupy Wall Street Talk

Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek, spoke at Zuccotti Park, where the historic Occupy Wall Street events are currently unfolding. He spoke Saturday, October 8, 2011. Filmed by Chris Spannos Length 18 min. 39 sec. Video above by the New Significance. Text transcription and images below from Impose Magazine. — TRANSCRIPT — They are saying we are all losers, but the true losers are down there on Wall Street. They were bailed out by billions of our money. We are called socialists, but here … Read entire article »

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Wu Ming1: Fetishism Of Digital Commodities And Hidden Exploitation: The Cases Of Amazon And Apple

Wu Ming1: Fetishism Of Digital Commodities And Hidden Exploitation: The Cases Of Amazon And Apple

By Wu Ming1 Italiano – Français [The original version of this essay was published on Giap on 26 September 2011, which means several days before Steve Jobs died. The French version was published on Article XI on the eve of Jobs’ death. The piece had already received a lot of attention, backlinks and comments when the news arrived. However, it obviously sky-rocketed to the status of “crucial” text as soon as the media landscape was filled with iGrief, and it kept attracting people … Read entire article »

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Elke Schwarz: Killing Is The New “Justice” – The Murky Morality of Target Killings

Elke Schwarz: Killing Is The New “Justice” – The Murky Morality of Target Killings

By Elke Schwarz Today’s news of the killing of US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki by US drones sparked a much overdue flurry of criticism and questions on the ethics and legality of Obama’s death-by-drone programme in the war on terror. Awlaki, al-Qaeda’s alleged ‘chief of external operations’ in Yemen (an upgraded title he received posthumously by officials at the White House and the CIA – previously he was by reputation and status merely a radical Muslim cleric) is the … Read entire article »

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Stir: Interview With McKenzie Wark

Stir: Interview With McKenzie Wark

By Stir Whilst suitably engaged in Guy Debord’s boardgame The Game of War at Houseman’s Bookshop, author McKenzie Wark talked with me about his new book, The Beach Beneath the Street, revisiting the Situationists and their legacy. STIR: To those unfamiliar with the Situationists how would you introduce them, their contribution to the understanding of political events while they were writing, and their “contemporary resonance”? McKenzie Wark: Only seventy-odd people were ever members of The Situationist International. It was an extremely marginal avant-garde … 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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Shift Magazine: More Work! Less Pay! Rebellion And Repression In Italy

Shift Magazine: More Work! Less Pay! Rebellion And Repression In Italy

By Shift Magazine Phil Edwards ‘More Work! Less Pay! Rebellion and Repression in Italy, 1972 – 1977’, Manchester University Press, 2010 Interest in the political experiments and struggles which engulfed Italy in the 1960s and 1970s are becoming fashionable again within parts of the anti-authoritarian left. Thinkers and texts from the Italian political laboratory of the time are being studied and discussed on blogs, radio shows and reading groups whilst the influence of contemporary participants in Autonomia … Read entire article »

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Alberto Toscano: Logistics And Opposition

Alberto Toscano: Logistics And Opposition

By Alberto Toscano ‘Sabotage the social machine’. ‘Incinerate the documents!’. In the first contribution to a group of articles on logistics, workplace surveillance and national security, Alberto Toscano examines the anti-urbanist presuppositions of insurrectionary anarchism, speculating on how the catastrophic destiny of certain technological innovations might instead be turned to different ends. The Spontaneous Philosophy of Interruption It is rare, in contemporary oppositional thought, to encounter the totalising temporal imaginary of revolution that so marked the visions and strategies … Read entire article »

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