Anonymous and Open Call for #14N: Distributed Systemic General Strike

Anonymous and Open Call for

#14N

P2P and Distributed Systemic General Strike

This is an anonymous call for a transnational and indefinite General Strike to start on November 14, 2012

Objectives

  1. To start building an real general strike that will connect all existing forms of cultural, social, economic, political strikes (various forms of disobedience, boycotts, hacks, leaks) and expand geographically in order to allow more people to stop selling their labour and being exploited, starving and left to die because of hunger, cold, and carelessness
  2. To bring forward the real and existing alternatives to the capitalist mode of production by linking them directly to those who urgently in need during indefinite general strikes and in the aftermath. So that they do not have to sell their labour power to private individuals
  3. To support workers’ who are joining the general strike on November 14, 2012 in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, France, Cyprus, Malta and Ireland as well as to give an echo to those organising solidarity actions in other parts of Europe and the World

Steps

  1. Organising assemblies to provide P2P distributed money Bitcoin for the striking workers, as well as many indebted people, homeless, jobless, so on in form of zero rate credits and space for exchange for livelihoods during the period of work stoppage
  2. Connecting striking workers and unemployed to the nearest alternative, post capitalist production cooperatives, open hardware collectives, eco-villages so on that accept Bitcoin for exchange; so that the exchange between the people and alternative economy collectives start to develop exchange
  3. Employ exiting P2P transportation collectives and build new ones to provide collectives and the people with transportation to mobilise and maintain exchange between different localities
  4. Inviting striking workers and unemployed to coin in urban commoning collectives or peer production networks instead of being have to sell their labour to private companies

If you agree with the call please spread it within and without your networks so it goes viral, and start:

to create enough amount of Bitcoins for your assembly: http://bitcoin.org/

to link your assembly with alternative economy communities and commoners: http://gen.ecovillage.org/http://mapunto.net/http://opensourceecology.org/

to invite striking workers and people who is in need to come to your assembly

to provide them with Bitcoin credits with zero rent, livelihoods to exchange initially

to connect them directly to alternative economy networks as users but also peer producers..

Lets build

 Another World Now! 

Social and political movements related to the P2P (participatory), open (open access to knowledge), and ‘commons’ paradigms | P2P Foundation

A directory of social and political movements related to the P2P (participatory), open (open access to knowledge), and ‘commons’ paradigms.

“One year after Occupy Wall Street: DEBT, CRISES and GLOBAL REVOLUTION” a talk of DAVID GRAEBER with TASOS SAGRIS from Void Network

From Void Network

Commemorating one year from Occupy Wall street movement and the movement of open public assemblies in thousands of squares, parks and streets all over the world, the anarchist anthropologist David Graeber speaks about the past and the future of exploitation and global revoltwith the poet and writer from Greece Tasos Sagris from Void Network (co-editor of the book “We Are an Image from the Future / The Greek Revolt of Dec. 2008”, AKPress).

1. Debt is Enslavement
Tasos Sagris: During summer 2011 all major cities of this planet faced mass riots and demonstrations. During all these period Void Network was spreading everywhere the graffiti “WeWon’t Live like Slaves”. In your book “Debt, the first 5000 years” you try to write a history for people without history and observe common subjects with uncommon ways. Can you explain us in short terms how Work, Money and Debt are historical ways of enslavement, exploitation and violent domination in our days like they were for thousands of years now?

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The Silent Change | The Take: Occupy, Resist, Produce

The Take Home PageTHE FIRST BOOK WRITTEN ABOUT THE RECOVERED FACTORIES IS NOW AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH!

The Silent Change, by journalist Esteban Magnani, has been translated to English. This new edition features a foreword by Working World co-founder Brendan Martin that situates the movement in the context of the current financial crisis.

Esteban Magnani was a key member of the crew that made The Take, and made extensive use of transcripts of the 240 hours of footage we shot for the film in writing this book. He has also been a member of The Working World since day one, and still works daily with recovered companies, helping them produce more and hire new workers through solidarity financing.

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The Article of 2012: Peer to Peer (P2P) Production as the Alternative to Capitalism – A New Communist Horizon

by Jakob Rigi 

The current crisis of capitalism has provoked protests, revolts and revolutions in major parts of the planet that include 3 billions of inhabitants. Even the mainstream Time Magazine made “The Protester” the person of the year. The caption on Time’s cover reads: From the Arab Spring To Athens, from Occupy Wall Street to Moscow. China, Chile, Spain, England, Italy, India, Israel, Iran and France, among many other places, can be added to Time’s hotbeds of recent social protests.

The protest movements have put alternatives to capitalism on the historical agenda (Hardt and Negri, 2011). This article argues that a section of knowledge workers have already created a new mode of production termed Peer to Peer Production (P2P) which is a viable alternative to capitalism. Although still in its emerging phase and dominated by capitalism, P2P clearly displays the main contours of an egalitarian society. The very fact that sections of P2P activists and ICT workers are also actively involved in the current protests may work as a good catalyst in connecting P2P to these movements.

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A New Age of Revolutions has Arrived | via Domus

The fundamental moment in which design becomes a political tool has arrived. Whatever we choose to call it — P2P culture, peer production movement, open-P2P-design — will we be able to find new meaning cooperatively? Will we be able to participate with conviction in the revolution that is at hand? An op-ed from Rome by Simone Cicero

“Economists and theorists of innovation such as Jeremy Rifkin, Yochai Benkler, Michel Bauwens, and several others have concluded that the Third Industrial Revolution is at hand,” are the opening words of a newly published survey by Statistical Studies of Peer Production.

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Blueprint for P2P Society: The Partner State & Ethical Economy

By , 04.07.12

Image: Dave Gray

A new way to produce is emerging. By this I mean: a new way to produce anything and everything, whether it is software, food, or cities. What once required rigid organisations and a society defined by the mentality of hierarchies, we are discovering now (and in many cases re-discovering) how to do through free association of peers.

It is also becoming clear that entering an era defined by an ethos of free association and horizontality doesn’t mean institutionality itself will dissappear, but that it will undergo the deepest of transformations. In the emerging institutional model of peer production, most visibly in the free software industry, we can distinguish an interplay between three partners:

  1. A community of contributors that create commons of knowledge, software or design;
  2. An enterpreneurial coalition that creates market value on top of that commons; and
  3. A set of for-benefit institutions which manage the “infrastructure of cooperation”

There is a clear institutional division of labour between these three players.

The contributors create the use value that is deposited in the shared innovation commons of knowledge, design and code.

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Extreme Manufacturing | Factor e Farm Blog

A brief introduction to the method by Aaron (see script)

We are proud to announce the beta release of an the Extreme Manufacturing platformfor Open Source Ecology. We are now testing the platform.

Extreme Manufacturing (XM) is an open source hardware development methodology based on the principles of Extreme Programming in the field of software. XM focuses open source design and collaboration, and the revenue model is Distributive Enterprise. Extreme Manufacturing is lean in all respects, while retaining sufficient structure to anable scalability. The platform is currently in development. Joe Justice of Team Wikispeed and I have coined the term. We’re here to change the paradigm of how things are made – by unleashing economic collaboration and eliminating competitive waste. My fundamental motivation stems  from a conclusion that the rate of innovation could increase significantly – if open collaboration were the norm for doing business.

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Democracia Real Ya: Five Reasons to Take The Streets

Posted 5 hours ago on April 16, 2012, 10:37 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt

I12m15

The following was translated from Democracia Real Ya (Real Democracy Now) Barcelona, aSpanish protest movement that helped inspire #OWS. While some things are specific to Spain/Europe, they echo our reasons for taking the streets on the May 1st General Strike here in North America and beyond. For more about Democracia Real Ya and the upcoming #12M15 global days of action in English and other languages, see here.

We will take to the streets on May 12th in a creative, nonviolent popular demonstration to continue working toward a May 15th in defense of the people!

On May 15th, 2011, millions began a process of social change, delivering a clear and unequivocal signal that we are not commodities in the hands of politicians and bankers, and stating publicly that our current representative democracy is dying. The political class and the powerful have not gotten the message. Despite the growing protests and cries of distress from the 99%, these elites are exploiting the crisis to plunder the common wealth and endangering the lives of the people.

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A pivotal p2p transition moment: Open Source Ecology launches Extreme Manufacturing platform

Michel Bauwens, 15th April 2012

The birth of the era of mass production, based on economies of scale, which is now ending, was when Ford instituted the Assembly line. The birth of the era of physical peer production, based on economies of scope, occured thanks to the convergence of Marcin Jakubowski’s Open Source Ecology, an integrated set of openly designed machines that can sustain a ‘Global Village’; and Wikispeed’s pioneering use of distributed software development techniques, to the production of the Wikispeed open source car.

Like the invention of Bitcoin as a first workable post-Westphalian currency, this is another seminal moment in the transition to a peer to peer society.

Via Marcin Jakubowski:

(see also the the explanatory video below)

“”Extreme Manufacturing (XM) is an open source hardware development methodology based on the principles of Extreme Programming in the field of software. XM focuses open source design and collaboration, and the revenue model is Distributive Enterprise. Extreme Manufacturing is lean in all respects, while retaining sufficient structure to anable scalability. The platform is currently in development. Joe Justice of Team Wikispeed and I have coined the term. We’re here to change the paradigm of how things are made – by unleashing economic collaboration and eliminating competitive waste. My fundamental motivation stems from a conclusion that the rate of innovation could increase significantly – if open collaboration were the norm for doing business.

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SPRING IS HERE. WE ARE COMING | OCCUPY GENERAL STRIKE

THE PLAN

For May 1st, 2012 Occupy Los Angeles is organizing around a “4 Winds” People’s Power Car and Bike Caravan through the urban sprawl of Los Angeles that will culminate in Direct Action in and around the Financial District of downtown LA. People from all sectors of the city will have a chance to plug in to the routes from any corner of the city, helping to shut down the flow of capital while addressing the 99%’s major grievances.

These 4 caravans, beginning in the late morning, coming from the North, South, East & West, will be an amalgam of cars and bikes, occupiers and unions, community orgs and organic communities — taking over our streets on routes designed to bring to light to societies ills, past and present, and engaging with residents and workers as we connect the disparate voices, races, classes and nationalities that make up Los Angeles. The caravans will stop at flashpoints along the way. Flash occupations, food giveaways, and other direct actions targeting the foreclosure crisis and police brutality will be undertaken at these flashpoints on our slow, city-paralyzing, carnival-esque descent into the center of the city.

MASTER MAP [coming]

DOWNTOWN LA CONVERGENCE

The convergence point at 6th & Main streets, at 2:30 PM, will have the People’s Print Lab, the Welcome Tent, the Wellness Tent and will be focused on shining light on LA’s homeless issues, feeding the people of Skid Row and raising awareness of social and economic inequality, including the brutally ineffective Safer Cities Initiative that criminalizes the homeless population while doing absolutely nothing to change the systemic problems that make LA the homeless capital of the country. At 3 PM, we will mobilize direct actions in the financial district of downtown LA.

THE 4 WINDS

WEST WIND

EAST WIND

SOUTH WIND

NORTH WIND [coming soon]

15M Global Strike – What is the plan? | Take the Square

1.1 Arab Spring: One goal, One strategy

The Arab Spring was sparked by the first protests that occurred in Tunisia on 18 December 2010 following Mohamed Bouazizi‘s self-immolation in protest of police corruption and ill treatment. With the success of the protests in Tunisia, a wave of unrest sparked by the Tunisian “Burning Man” struck AlgeriaJordan,EgyptSyria and Yemen, then spread to other Arab countries.
Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia on 14 January following the Tunisian revolution protests. In Egypt, President Hosni Mubarakresigned on 11 February 2011 after 18 days of massive protests, ending his 30-year presidency.

A major slogan of the demonstrators in the Arab world has been “ash-shab yurid isqat an-nizam” (“the people want to bring down the regime”) and they did it in Tunisia and Egypt with a sustained campaigns or “non-stop protest” involving strikes, demonstrations, marches, occupations…

Note:
The Icelandic rejection of the debt and the Greek mobilizations against austerity plans, as well as the surge of new technologies with the uprising of movements such as AnonymousZeitgeistWikileaksDemocracy NowReopen911 or Yes men, amongst others, have also been of great influence to this (r)evolution.

1.2 Real Democracy Now, birth of a new movement

All through the winter of 2010 the collective “Democracia Real Ya!” (DRY), in association with approximately 200 smaller organizations, had been preparing a huge demonstration for  real democracy in Spain. The protest movement gained momentum on May 15 with a camping occupation in Madrid’s main square, the Puerta del Sol, spreading to squares in 57 other major and smaller cities in Spain, and then to Spanish embassies all around the world.

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‘Occupy’ as a business model: The emerging open-source civilisation by Michel Bauwens | Al Jazeera

The Occupy Wall Street movement is a model for a new economic paradigm, in which value is first created by communities.

In Zuccotti Park, protesters created an ‘ethical economy’ based on the group’s shared values [GALLO/GETTY]

Chiang Mai, Thailand – Last week I discussed the value crisis of contemporary capitalism: the broken feedback loop between the productive publics who create exponentially increasing use value, and those who capture this value through social media – but do not return these income streams to the value “produsers”.

In other words, the current so-called “knowledge economy” is a sham and a pipe dream – because abundant goods do not fare well in a market economy. For the sake of the world’s workers, who live in an increasingly precarious situation, is there a way out of this conundrum? Can we restore the broken feedback loop?

Strangely enough, the answer may be found in the recent political movement that is Occupy, because along with “peer producing their political commons“, they also exemplified new business and value practices. These practices were, in fact, remarkably similar to the institutional ecology that is already practiced in producing free software and open hardware communities. This is not a coincidence. Continue reading

[Occupy/Inidgnados] [May’12] #12M15M Newsletter – issue No 3 | via Dr. TR. Rojas

Dear comrades,

Here goes!! Already the third issue of the Newsletter dedicated to offer updates form Assemblies around the world that are preparing actions next May 2012.

Please share and spread, paste it in your facebook groups, send it to all your mailing lists and invite others to subscribe through this link:http://eepurl.com/klvBr

PS: the NL is long, you don’t have to read it all at once!! take is slowly, you have one whole week to find out what your comrades are up to😉

Online version: http://www.globalmay.org/blog/item/59-occupy-inidgnados-may12-#12m15m-newsletter-issue-no-3&Itemid=145

PLEASE pay attention to this invitation: what if we take a break together? for a moment, gather in an Open Space where everyone is welcome to contribute and learn and effectively boost the Global May we envision. The more we are and the more diverse our points of views and backgrounds, the richer the dialogue will be. Is this Saturday 14th.

———- Forwarded message ———-

Autonomy, Labour and the Political Economy of Social Media with Dmytri Kleiner and Tiziana Terranova

Center for Gender Studies of the Department of Social Policy of Panteion University and the European research project MIG@NET invite you to the event titled: «Autonomy, Labour, and the Political Economy of Social Media». Presentations by:

Dmytri Kleiner

Tiziana Terranova_ part 1

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Weekly Marches on Wall Street Start Today! 2PM LIBERTY SQUARE

Posted 1 day ago on March 16, 2012, 7:12 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt

may day

Start training for May Day and join the spring resistance! Weekly marches every Friday; meet at 2 PM in Liberty Square!

via the NYCGA:

On Friday, March 16, 2012, at 2PM, Occupy Wall Street will converge in the streets once again and launch the first in a series of spring training marches from Liberty Square to Wall Street inpreparation for May Day, a day of massive economic non-compliance and strike. These marches will occur weekly and will allow occupiers to practice various street tactics and theatrics. For the first march, participants are encouraged to wear athletic gear, don their game face, and prepare to make the 1% feel the burn!

Organizers say besides growing comfortable employing various tactics with each other in actions, the intention of these marches are to strengthen the community to make upcoming campaigns and efforts, like reoccupation, as successful as possible.

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The new class structure of neoliberal capitalism | Excerpted from Guy Standing‘s book on the Precariat by Michel Bauwens

Excerpted from Guy Standing‘s book on the Precariat: The New Dangerous Class

“The globalisation era generated a class fragmentation that threatens democratic governance. At the top, in terms of income, above older representatives of capital, an elite of absurdly affluent figures emerged as global citizens, detached from any nation state but able to influence governments wherever they wished. Stretching from multi-billionaires in Silicon Valley to oligarchs in Russia, encompassing hedge-fund managers and property tycoons, the elite has dominated political discourse. No prospective prime minister or president has risked offending them. Occasionally, one of them falls foul of the law. Most ignore it with impunity. But curbing their collective political and economic power is vital for any meaningful democracy.

In terms of income, the group below the elite and other representatives of capital is the ‘salariat’, those with above average incomes, with an array of enterprise benefits and employment security. This group is shrinking, hit by the financial crisis, austerity packages and the extension of labour market flexibility, nowhere more so than in Greece.

Some of the salariat have joined the third group, ‘proficians’, those with bundles of technical and emotional skills that allow them to be self-selling entrepreneurs, living opportunistically on their wits and contacts. This group is growing but is relatively small; it tends to be socially liberal but economically conservative, since it wants low taxes and few obstacles to money making.

Below the salariat and proficians in terms of income is the old manual working class, the proletariat, which has been dissolving for decades. The democracy built in the twentieth century was designed to suit this class, as was the welfare state. Trades unions forged a labourist agenda and social democratic parties implemented it. That agenda has little legitimacy in the twenty-first century.

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‘Occupy’ and the emerging open-source civilisation by Michel Bauwens | Al Jezeera

The Occupy Wall Street movement is a model for a new economic paradigm, in which value is first created by communities.

In Zuccotti Park, protesters created an ‘ethical economy’ based on the group’s shared values [GALLO/GETTY]
Chiang Mai, Thailand – Last week I discussed the value crisis of contemporary capitalism: the broken feedback loop between the productive publics who create exponentially increasing use value, and those who capture this value through social media – but do not return these income streams to the value “produsers”.

In other words, the current so-called “knowledge economy” is a sham and a pipe dream – because abundant goods do not fare well in a market economy. For the sake of the world’s workers, who live in an increasingly precariousness situation, is there a way out of this conundrum? Can we restore the broken feedback loop?

Strangely enough, the answer may be found in the recent political movement that is Occupy, because along with “peer producing their political commons“, they also exemplified new business and value practices. These practices were, in fact, remarkably similar to the institutional ecology that is already practiced in producing free software and open hardware communities. This is not a coincidence. Continue reading

Cyberunions Talk Show: Episode 37 Left wing, FLOSS, Right wing, or What

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0:28 Sparks are flying

  • Walton is exhausted from playing futbol
  • Sparks have through rank and file thoroughly won and got an unlikely supporter
  • The Teamsters Jimmy Hoffa Jr. supported a rank and file movement, but not the Teamsters for a Democratic Union

6:35 Stephen’s part of the world

  • Unions are back in the Cyberunions
  • Attended a small tech working group with Occupy Coyoacan
  • Started with web security discussion and ended with the OS that always forgets itself
  • Planned future security and free software options in workshops

9:23 Back to Walton’s world

  • Walton returns to his MA in Labor Studies program atRuskin College to give a talk about Cyberunions
  • Stephen thinks we need less listeners and proposing Stephen’s MA labor studies programs takes on Walton’s MA program.

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