Over the past few years, European social movements have struggled to find new ways of cooperating and connecting in order to oppose the verticalization of European governance. Following the crash of 2008, in fact, a regime of austerity, that is severe cuts to public spending, has gone together with a remodulation of modes of welfare and work inspired by the German model. This model has seen the massive introduction of part-time, badly paid jobs (the so called mini-jobs ) which are part of a system of workfare where the state makes sure that everybody is forced to accept whatever job available through a new capillary control of recipients’ lives. While the European Central Bank like the Federal Reserve has deployed quantitative easing, and inundated the financial system with money, none of this has effectively gone into the creation of new jobs, into expanding credit to consumers and business or to essential public services. The process of complete precarization of labor and increasing accumulation of wealth is thus unfolding along the lines of a geographical and ethnic division of labor which sees the European Union divided between centre and periphery, North and South, East and West with war pressing in on its Eastern and Southern borders.
The verticalization of European governance has thus reinforced a whole series of trends: ‘the attack on waged labor, the compression of union rights, the dequalification and privatisation of learning and research, the enclosure of common goods, a new government of labor mobility and the exploitation of migrant labor’ (http://www.autistici.org/strikemeeting/). These considerations are central to the formation of a transnational space of action for social movements aiming to reverse the tide of complete neoliberalization of Europe and opening onto the global level as the only adequate dimension of struggle.
Below text is an excpert from unpublished and unedited 2012 article Another World, Now! Coming of the Transnational REvolutions and the P2P Prince.
The modern prince, the myth-prince, cannot be a real person, a concrete individual. It can only be an organism, a complex element of society in which a collective will, which has already been recognised and has to some extent asserted itself in action, begins to take concrete form. (A. Gramsci)
Italian political activist and theorist Antonio Gramsci’s core concepts like hegemony, organic crisis, historic bloc, war of position and war of manoeuvre are central to our understanding of today’s complex global capitalist system as well as the catastrophic changes that are currently taking place in it. Referring to the original concept developed by Gramsci, global political economy theorist Stephen Gill describes the 2008 global financial turmoil as the manifestation of an organic crisis at the global level.  We can also read the outcomes of the global organic crisis following another neo-Gramscian theorist Robert Cox as a mixture of three scenarios he describes. First one is a global (military) Keynesian recovery being pushed by the West. Regional wars moving from the periphery to the centre involving massive destruction of lives, cities and the nature, as we witness it happening since the 9/11. The second scenario is the rise of global fascism in tandem with the regional wars. This has also been happening, especially increasingly in the centre, since 2007; highlighting the race to the bottom caused by the strengthening of totalitarian forms of capitalism at the main contenders like China, Russia and India. Finally and the last scenario is accompanying transnational revolutions, like the uprisings in the northern Africa, Americas and Europe also happening.
What brought humanity to this point is not a secret and also made clear by many thinkers, intellectuals, and activists. The above mentioned article by Gill is only one of the public records. It is very clear however where we have to drive history as the humanity, the third option: Transnational revolutions. Again, following Gramsci and Gill, we can think of the realisation of the transnational revolutions in relation to the ‘Prince’. For his time Gramsci thought of it as the collective subjectivity which will give the moral leadership to a wider counter-hegemonic historic bloc, and shape the form and content of the communist revolution in a national context. And it was the communist part of the working class. Gill referred to the anti- and alter-globalisation movement. Continue reading
Considering the total enclosure of the Internet, the enslavement of mass free labor on it, and the rise of meta-data Orweillian society, what should one make of celebration of the rise of the Internet of Everything (IoE) or Industrial Internet and calling for the demise of capitalism by people like Jeremy Rifkin! What would be Rifkin’s advise to his ruling class clients, but more importantly why the neoconservatives and Chinese state class elite pay him high compensations?
The ruling elite way of dealing with the problem of ‘near zero marginal costs’ has been massive exploitation of zero labor cost (free labor). Now they like to capture free labor in the physical world by connecting devices and people “putting them at work on the move” -as Cisco and GE founders of the Industrial Internet Consortium publicly declare. While the translation of this ideal is the objectification of entire living labor and commons (should be read as human) to a global production process, why Rifkin celebrates this! If the plan is clearly to giving IP addresses to 50 billion devices in coming 10 years to form the IoE infrastructure, making it is possible a global scale surveillance an most logical outcome would be the total exploitation of artificially constructed happy playbouring produsers who would be living in sterile smart cities. As for the masses, there shall not be need for an hegemonic governance like bourgeois parliamentarian model what so ever in this new digital world. It has become clear by now that this ambitious capitalist project has the potential to replace the ancient industrial capitalism. It is certain by now that the fall of capitalism as we know it won’t be quite and painless. The attempt towards realizing this transition has brought about imperialist peripheral wars. If one look to the fierce clashes between Russian, Westerns and Chinese rulers in Syria, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Georgia, Chechnya, Ukraine and other frontiers of the Empires, the naked truth would appears in clear vision. The fact that crack between two giant tectonic plates is about to break up to a truly global corrective war between ruling classes. Titans are getting ready to clash, and planning for the aftermath of the great cleansing, of billions of un-exploitable and expensive to feed human.
This is the first global Mumble call to evaluate the launching of the worldwide #waveofaction, by participants across the world, on the 6th of April 2014, Sunday 13:00 London time. We love to meet and exchange our visions and ideas of global change, and how to ride the worldwide wave further in 2014 so that it becomes a plentary tsunami of awereness and change through collective, peaceful, radical, and networked action.
Date: 06 April 2014
Time: 13:00-15:30 PM (UK time)
Mumble Server: Occupy Talk
Server: occupytalk.org (has to be written exactly as it is)
Channel: Assemblies and Round Tables > OPEN SPACE
Nickname: Your name/nick
To those who are new to Mumble, it is recommended to join the meeting room 15-30min before the set time, in order to work out any technical problem that might occur at the spot!
How to join in a Mumble call?
If need help about using Mumble please ask beforehand by sending direct message on the GNUnion fb page.
Networganize and GNUnite to Knock-out PRISM!
Assembly call and information on ON workgroup:
Working Pad: http://titanpad.com/metastrike
The target of the meeting is not to figure out or discuss overall organisational tactics or strategies but to create commons tools for all autonomous groups’ use, so all networks which would invovle on the road can benefit and adopt to their self-determined strategy and tactics. Please invite interested with relevant skills for the preperatorty meeting which is taking place on the 16th of march, on Union Solidarity International’s BigBlueButton (BBB) server, which is hosted by May First-People Link. To join the meeting you do not need to download any software.
How to Join:
1. Browse to https://usilive.org/
2. Login, register or connect via one of your social media accounts.
3. Scroll-down and see on the right hand column ‘BIGBLUEBUTTON’ window.
4. Chose ‘Austerity in Greece’ in the ‘Meeting:’ bar and click join
0. Intro round and agenda formation
The below are some initial tasks needs to be discusses and taken further.
1. Collection and creation of pool for strike ideas
2. Collection and creation of material, audio, video, posters, caps..
3. Preparing basic multi-lingual networked-pads for twitter storm and facebook mob. teams
4. List of large accounts, bloggers, media links
5. Intelligence working group on PRISM contractors
Join in our other transnational networganizing efforts in progress…
GNUnion – Global Networked Labour Union
All the fists of the world are GNUniting!
First Brainstorm – Online Meeting This Sunday at 13.00 PM GMT
We are the workers whose free labour and privacy has been stolen, and sold
for greed! We have been abused, spied on and betrayed constantly. Before
this massive exploitation and surveillance machine turns into a global
apparatus in the hands of fascism, being operationalized for direct
oppression, we have to unite our fists and strike back!
This May Day is the time… How and what is not decided yet, there are
initial ideas but much is needed to put the global collective intelligence
at work to defend our and our children’s rights and dignity! Join us this
Sunday and bring your most free, creative, powerful and peaceful ideas and
dreams along… We did beat Freon, Caesars, Barons, Kings, Emperors,
Merchants, Industrial Capitalists and Nazis in the past, we can beat the
TNCs, CEOs and 1% as well!
We call all the workers, hackers, makers, farmers, artists, indignant and
outraged to GNUnite all their constructive capacity around the most
spectacular free libre and open sourced swarm to fight back and win!
Hasta la Siempre Victoria!
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/593164267417330/
HashTags: #WREF, #www
#www call: http://gnunion.wordpress.com/www/
Hosted by GNUnion – One Big Meshwork for All the Working People
Again, 2014 will be full of struggles, actions and mobilisations for a real global change. This Mumble call will be about starting a new series of forums and assemblies that are open to all individuals who will able to make independent efforts from any corporate, state and NGO funded agenda and; who could be exactly themselves when changing the world, when getting together, discussing and collaborating with others; either as a part of a collective, group, network or individually, and by using either online, or face to face means, or both.
Global Networked Labour Union, GNUnion – One Big Mesh Network, is the released 1.0 Beta version of new generation, free to join, borderless worker self-organisation, a work in progress. Its main ispiration is the history, struggle and experiences of Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) on the one hand, and free-libre, and open source software GNU/Linux, on the other.
GNUnion is also inspired by comrades standing against global capitalism in women, Lgbt, immigrant, environmental and social justice movements, Zapatistas, anti & alter golobalisation movements, social forums, free knowledge- information and culture movements; as part of organisations like WikilLeaks, Caos Computer Club, MayFirst People Link, or of recent wave of digital and real world uprisings Anonymous, 15M, Occupy, Gezi and others.
rEvolutionary activists, immigrant-flex workers, lgbts, unionists, environmentalists, hackers, makers, artivists of the World,
Show Transnational, Outernational and International Solidarity
1 Aberdeen, UK — https://www.facebook.com/events/520242768062009/
2 Abilene, Texas — https://www.facebook.com/events/176857429169171/
3 Abuja, Nigeria — https://www.facebook.com/events/392544020865479/
4 Adelaide, SA, Australia — https://www.facebook.com/events/675192722497614/
5 Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico — https://www.facebook.com/events/229149620575698/
6 Albany, New York — https://www.facebook.com/events/1391080721130915/
7 Allentown, Pennsylvania — https://www.facebook.com/events/706846972677017/
8 Amarillo, Texas — https://www.facebook.com/events/161322154070322/
9 Amsterdam, Netherlands — https://www.facebook.com/events/280464592090451/
10 Amsterdamn, Netherlands (2) — https://www.facebook.com/events/231574673641591/
11 Anchorage, Alaska — https://www.facebook.com/events/467250456727824/
12 Ankara, Turkey — https://www.facebook.com/events/358741054261719
13 Ann Arbor, Michigan — https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/694777357216577/
14 Annapolis, Maryland — https://www.facebook.com/events/672907289410628/
15 Antalya, Turkey — https://www.facebook.com/events/358741054261719
16 Aosta, Italy — https://www.facebook.com/events/171677333013961/
17 Athens, Greece —https://www.facebook.com/events/547106395362219/
18 Atlanta, Georgia (2) — https://www.facebook.com/events/494295027326302/
19 Atlanta, Georgia — https://www.facebook.com/events/524855410916380/
20 Auckland, New Zealand — https://www.facebook.com/events/409122629197756/
21 Auckland, New Zealand — https://www.facebook.com/events/444077432373727/
22 Augusta, Maine — https://www.facebook.com/events/180903655433605/
23 Austin, Texas — https://www.facebook.com/events/459778174117489/
24 Bahia Salvador, Brazil — https://www.facebook.com/events/684415568238229/
25 Bakersfield, California — https://www.facebook.com/events/488842507859700/
26 Baltimore, Maryland — https://www.facebook.com/events/451364044983743/
27 Bangalore, India — https://www.facebook.com/events/118583928349266/
28 Barcelona, Spain — http://pastebin.com/C1kNu0ye
29 Bari, Italy — https://www.facebook.com/events/174348506080805/
30 Baton Rouge, Louisiana — https://www.facebook.com/pages/Million-Mask-March-Baton-Rouge/213189838849392
On October 25th, once again, the FCForum in Barcelona will analyse the advances of the past twelve months and will consider the future outlook in the struggle for democracy in the digital era, free culture and net neutrality.
Year after year, the FCForum serves as a civil society tool, to move forward, analyse and answer questions and observe practices that actively grapple with them. Continuing the work carried out at the FCForum in 2011 and 2012, which looked at the increasing use of the net as a tool for democratic transformation – this year it will go further into some specific issues, such as the use and misuse of Big Data, electronic voting and electronic money, and how citizens can use them to achieve a society worthy of being called democratic in the twentieth century.
We want to make this Firework Night one which David Cameron will remember and remember for a long time!
The actions will be many and various, ranging from occupations of public space to occupations of banks, from online petitioning to blocking roads, from leafleting with the rail unions against the privatized rail companies to student occupations.
We are hoping for three waves of action: one in the morning, one at lunchtime and one in the evening. And at the end of the day the local out-sourcing contracts, the welfare legislation, the loan company adverts will all make a splendid bonfire…and you can choose whether the guy is Cameron, Gove, Clegg or Osborne.
More information to follow. Post your actions / ideas below
They hacked for pirates, for WikiLeaks, for Tunis, for Egypt, for Bahrain, for Syria, for Occupy, for 15M, for Chapullers, for all others, for all of us!
They took the streets and occupied with us, they marched with us…
They are us and we are them…
Now it is our turn! This time we are all Anonymous!
This year #15O is #5N.
This year we march all, together with Anonymous!
All marches walk towards intersection!
All sectors will bring their stregth together for Global Change!
We might not be united as one, and well be devided all over! We might not be a legion, not even 9% in numbers.. yet!
But we can show to the world that we swarm all together damn good!
They should better get ready and Expect Us!!
We join #5N… If only we do it all together….
One for all and all for one
FB Event Anon: https://www.facebook.com/events/505027169551591/
FB Event Occupy Turkey – https://www.facebook.com/events/358741054261719/
Let$s fuck the system peacefully! 🙂
Image by Olmo Calvo
Translated by Stacco Troncoso, edited by Jane Loes Lipton – Guerrilla Translation!
How is it possible that fifty people can stop a forced eviction? Not just once, but over and over again (as many as six hundred times). This question has been on my mind for a while. During the 25-S protests in Madrid 1, we saw for ourselves that the police can evict any number of protestors from anywhere. So, exactly what sort of strength allows those fifty people to stop a foreclosure eviction? What does it mean to have strength, if it’s not quite the same as having power (physical, quantitative, economic, institutional, etc.)? The following is my attempt at an answer that, by no means, fully exhausts the question. That is to say, there’s room for more answers and, above all, to keep asking the question – this, I believe, is the most important thing.
War of Position and War of Maneuver
I’m veering offroad for a bit before heading back to the highway, that being the question of how a handful of people have the strength to defend a home. Let´s look at the debate on the meaning of revolution carried out in Marxism between the two World Wars, where we’ll focus on the approach favoured by the Italian Marxist, Antonio Gramsci. At first it may seem like an odd jump, but it concerns a debate that is markedly contemporary, that the past doesn’t quite “pass”; it’s a rich deposit of images and knowledge, prone to updates and renewed sense-making from the perspective of our present problems and necessities.
Gramsci enters the debate making a distinction between a “war of maneuver” and a “war of position”. The concept of class struggle as war, described in military strategy terms, was prevalent in the Marxism of the time. What’s more, Gramsci was writing from Mussolini’s prison, and continually obliged to come up with new metaphors to evade censorship. Paradoxically, his use of cryptic and elusive language, rather than classical Marxist vocabulary, made Gramsci’s work a thousand times more useful as a source of inspiration for future readers.
by Jasper Teunissen
Of course I don’t have to explain to you why people are rising up today. Even Wolfgang Schäuble, German finance minister, knows:
Warning of “catastrophe,” Schäuble said, “We need to be more successful in our fight against youth unemployment; otherwise, we will lose the battle for Europe’s unity.” Reuters reports: While Germany insists on the importance of budget consolidation, Schaeuble spoke of the need to preserve Europe’s welfare model. If U.S. welfare standards were introduced in Europe, “we would have revolution, not tomorrow, but on the very same day,” Schaeuble told a conference in Paris. (Common Dreams / 29-5-13)
Deep down inside he knows that the wealth of the world belongs to us all. So his fear is deserved. He doesn’t even know the magnitude and beauty of what he is afraid of.
The date of #J1 has been circulating for months already. The Blockupy protests, a second attempt to close down the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, were announced long time ago. In Spain a new wave of Marea Ciudadana is planned for today, while Portugal will stage a new round of Fuck the Troika protests, in the United States people will reoccupy Zucotti Parktoday. The ongoing escalation in Turkey fits perfectly: it has been boiling there for decades, and now the hearts of the people are all opening up, releasing all the pain and anger, making space to fill it with fresh blood and passion for life.
Turkey is burning… from the sparks of a revolution! Below is the time tables of the events planned today…
We have started a social media offensive for public reach out for the Global Square initiative.
Please spread this email and links as wide as possible!!
GlobalSquare is a series of online and physical meetings and assemblies whose participants and organisers are individuals linked to the 15M, Occupy, student movements, Yo Soy 132, T’harrek, Idle No More, VIA22 as well as other grassroots and horizontal movements. Our objective is to prepare a lively open space for physical contact and exchange during the World Social Forum (WSF) which will take place from 26-30 March 2013 in Tunis.]
You can read more about the GlobalSquare here on the website:
The facebook and google+ pages for Global Square are:
We will use #GlobalSquare hashtag on twitter.