The P2P Prince?: The form and the program of the transnational REvolutionary subjectivity

Below text is an excpert from unpublished and unedited 2012 article Another World, Now!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. [1] 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.[2] 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.[3]

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

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All the fists of the world are GNUniting! First Brainstorm – Online Meeting This Sunday at 13.00 PM GMT

All the fists of the world are GNUniting!
First Brainstorm – Online Meeting This Sunday at 13.00 PM GMT
https://www.facebook.com/GlobalNetworkedLabourUnion

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!
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World Social Forum: Appraisal and Outlook of the Forum from Latin America | ALAI

by Gustavo Codas

The first great spontaneous, popular rebellion at a national level against neo-liberal globalization was the Caracas Uprising of 1989. In 1992, a group of Venezuelan military rebels, led by Hugo Chavez, sought to give it a political expression.

In 1990, in the midst of the confusion provoked by the final crisis of bureaucratic socialism, on the initiative of the Workers Party (PT) of Lula and with the support of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC) of Fidel Castro, the first Sao Paulo Forum was held with the participation of a broad spectrum of progressive and left-wing parties from all across Latin America, to debate political strategies for coming out of the back-wash in which they found themselves in the struggle against neo-conservatism. The first action against the mainstream articulated at an international level was the campaign for the 500 years of indigenous, black and popular resistance which a variety of Latin American organizations deployed around the commemorations of 1992.

The first political response to neo-liberal globalization at a national level with world-wide repercussions was the Zapatista indigenous uprising of January 1, 1994. The most marginalized and excluded sector, the most socially “backward” in the hemisphere, the poor native peoples of Mexico, rose up against the most “modern” expression of the neo-liberal offensive, NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement.

The first great demonstration against the effects of neo-liberalism in the North was the general strike of 1995 which shook France and challenged the stagnation of the formerly powerful European trade unionism which had built the welfare state and now, impotent, watched it collapse.

The first lasting electoral victory of an alternative political project to neo-liberalism was that of Chavez en 1998. Previous cases such as that of Aristide in 1991, in Haiti, did not resist the pressures from the right and from imperialism and failed or were diverted from their course.

In 1996, at the Inter-Galactic Gathering called by the Zapatistas in Chiapas, Mexico, the most diverse social and political actors from the North and the South of the world converged on the same space for the first time, all with the common denominator of being willing to confront neo-liberalism.

In 1999, at demonstrations against the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Seattle, United States, overcoming mutual distrust, both the “new” movements and many of the “traditional” social organizations from all over the world joined together in the first demonstration with international representatives with a broad, political-ideological diversity, but all opposed to neo-liberal globalization.

Just prior to 1997, the Hemispheric Social Alliance (HSA) emerges in which new and traditional movements from all across the hemisphere join in questioning the FTAA, the Free Trade Area of the Americas, the leading project of US imperialism for the continent.

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A report from the World Social Forum by Ludovica Rogers


by Ludovica Rogers 

I have recently returned from Tunis where I travelled to take part in the World Social Forum. I had never participated in one before, and the fact that it was happening so close to Europe, was an opportunity that I didn’t want to miss. I left without really knowing what to expect, but brought with me hopes, desires and a lot of curiosity about what I would find.

GlobalSquare

In the past months, I tried to connect with other people involved in 15M, Occupy, Via22 and other similar movements, who were also planning to go. With them, we started a series of open online meetings that we publicised in our international networks. After a few we decided to participate together in the WSF under the name GlobalSquare. The decision was mainly a practical one, as to propose events in the program one had to do it as a group, while each of us were participating as individuals. With time this grew into an interesting collaborative project which through online meetings and practical coordination, provided a platform of exchange between people of different countries but from similar experiences. This platform is still active, and since Tunis has generated some new projects that I am very curious to see develop and I look forward to write about in the future.

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At World Social Forum: Unity and Dissent Within Global Movements

Maria Poblet of Grassroots Global Justice at the Opening March of the World Social Forum in Tunisia. (Photo: Jordan Flaherty)from the opening March of the World Social Forum in Tunisia. (Photo: Jordan Flaherty)

An estimated 50,000 people from 5,000 organizations in 127 countries spanning five continents participated in the World Social Forum in Tunisia over the past week. By choosing to come together in Tunis, this year’s forum evoked the spirit of the 2011 revolt that inspired uprisings around the world. But the annual convergence also raised questions about the trajectory of these movements, as well as the continued relevance of the World Social Forum process.

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Tunis: A tale of two World Social Forums | via Mariangela

by Nick Dearden

The WSF needs updating for a post-Arab Spring, post-Indignado world, writes Nick Dearden. The problems and the possibilities were both on show in Tunisia

The Tunisian World Social Forum has been the most energetic, lively, youthful forum held in recent years. You could be in no doubt that this country is living through an incredible awakening, where all questions about the future are still unanswered, all possibilities open.

Ferocious debates were held on the role of Islam in this renewed society, the liberation of women and sexuality, imperialism and trade unionism – not to mention debates which got completely out of hand on Western Sahara and Syria. At any point on any day, half a dozen impromptu demonstrations were held on a variety of subjects, mostly to the sound of revolutionary hip hop.

The forum was plastered with pictures of anti-imperialist ‘heroes’, some more savoury than others. Pride of place was taken by Chokri Belaid, the left-wing opposition leader assassinated only weeks before the forum was held. Belaid pulled together a range of parties and factions into the Popular Front and gave many activists here hope in a radical future government.

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Occupy the WSF | Spanish Revolution

In #globalrevolution on 31 March 2013 at 13:09

Global Square 2013 Tunis, photo via @CaseyJAldridge

Global Square 2013 Tunis, photo via @CaseyJAldridge

Dear people,

In 1999 the counter-globalisation movement burst onto the streets at the WTO conference in Seattle. Two years later, in Porto Alegre, the movement began to organize its own alternative summits.

Since then, every year, representatives of NGOs and social movements gather in a Third World location to discuss, to connect, to teach, to learn, to share.

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Declaration of the Social Movements Assembly – World Social Forum 2013 29 March 2013, Tunisia [En, Ar, Fr, Es]

(English)

As the Social Movements Assembly of the World Social Forum of Tunisia, 2013, we are gathered here to affirm the fundamental contribution of peoples of Maghreb-Mashrek (from North Africa to the Middle East), in the construction of human civilization. We affirm that decolonization for oppressed peoples remains for us, the social movements of the world, a challenge of the greatest importance.

Through the WSF process, the Social Movements Assembly is the place where we come together through our diversity, in order to forge common struggles and a collective agenda to fight against capitalism, patriarchy, racism and all forms of discrimination and oppression. We have built a common history of work which led to some progress, particularly in Latin America, where we have been able to intervene in neoliberal alliances and to create several alternatives for just development that truly honors nature.

Together, the peoples of all the continents are fighting to oppose the domination of capital, hidden behind illusory promises of economic progress and the illusion of political stability.

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Como teleparticipar en nuestro proceso en el Foro Social Mundial

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Hola a todos
El Foro Social Mundial es la semana que viene, y desde hace meses unas cuantas decenas de participantes de movimientos sociales como el 15M y Occupy y similar venimos organizando una serie de asambleas y talleres que tendran lugar en Tunez esos dias y en los que os invitamos a participar. Nuestro espacio se llamara Global Square y presentimos que hay mucha atencion puesta en nuestras actividades dentro del Forum pero queremos que tambien llegue al que no haya podido o querido asistir.
La intencion de nuestra iniciativa es intercambiar, compartir y reflexionar sobre nuestras experiencias como movimientos sociales de base entre nosotros y con los participantes de otras regiones y realidades distintas.

El programa de todas nuestras actividades (arriba a la derecha podeis seleccionar el idioma) que se organizarán esta disponible en nuestra web:
http://www.global-square.net/activities-in-tunis-and-everywhere/

También habrá otros eventos y espacios autoorganizados fuera del programa oficial del Forum, a cargo de aquellos que viajamos a y/o vivimos en Túnez.

Cualquiera puede unirse a estas actividades a nivel individual o colectivo a través de nuestros encuentros online:
http://www.global-square.net/how-to-join/

Podéis seguir nuestras actividades a través de los canales de streaming:

http://www.livestream.com/globalrevolution

o por Skype, Twitter o Facebook.

Para Skype buscad y añadid a vuestros contactos la cuenta de:

globalsquare1

En Twitter usar el hashtag: #GlobalSquare

En Facebook podéis seguirnos visitando nuestra página:
http://www.facebook.com/global.square.net

Por favor, uniros a este intercambio, abierto y autoorganizado y compartid vuestras experiencias con nosotros y con otros, pasad esta invitación a aquellos que pudiesen estar interesados en unirsenos en Tunez o conectarse online.

En este pad hemos recopilado toda la información necesiaria para seguirnos: http://titanpad.com/GlobalSquaresinTunisinfo

¡¡Estamos deseando encontrarnos, compartir y organizar!!

En solidaridad

Global Square in Tunis 2013 – Video

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. Read more…

World Social Forum: Critical Explorations | Edited by Jai Sen and Peter Waterman

OpenWord, New Delhi, 2012

Available FROM TODAY as an ebook @ http://www.into-ebooks.com/book/world_social_forum/ and soon also @ http://www.openword.in/critical-explorations.

And soon to be also available as print-on-demand.

PLEASE CIRCULATE WIDELY ! 

Some advance comments on Critical Explorations :

This is an extraordinary book about an extraordinary phenomenon. From the outset of the 21st century, the World Social Forum has been the premier venue of world social movements. It has been the home of globalized challenges to corporate globalization and neoliberalism from the global opposition to the Iraq war to the transnational challenge to caste and racism to the anti-austerity politics of the Great Recession. It has led to renewed hope that “another world is possible”.

As the Indignados, Occupy Wall Street, climate protection, and other large new movements have spread around the globe in the past two years, the ways in which the World Social Forum and these new movements choose to relate to each other will be critical.  For those who wish to understand the WSF and its limits and potentials for the period ahead, there is no better guide than the new book World Social Forum : Critical Explorations.   Continue reading

GlobalSqaure – Grassroots towards, around and beyond the WSF

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!, Tharek, Idle No More!, VIA22 as well as other 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 Tunisia where the flames of the global intifada first sparked in January 2011.  We are hoping to enhance collaborations and exchange among citizens and activists who are linked to various movements in different continents by organising collective events and actions towards, around and beyond the WSF.

Re: World Social Forum: space or movement? by Jasper Teunissen

Critical evaluation of Chico Whitaker’s views and prospects for the future of the World Social Forum, by comrade Jasper Teunissen who is  actively involved  in the Occupy movement in the Netherlands and internationally and in the preparation of the GlobalSquare initiative.

A reply to Chico Whitaker’s proposals for the future of the WSF

2 February 2013

Introduction

In the process towards the World Social Forum (WSF) in Tunis next month, some efforts have been made to start a discussion about the future of the WSF, but have so far found little resonance, at least certainly not in the public domain.

Among of the contributions are a number of recent proposals by Chico Whitaker, one of the founding figures of the WSF. I think these proposals need attention and further discussion. Another reason to write down some thoughts on Whitaker’s texts is the fact that he regularly refers to, speaks to, and even shares his dreams about the so-called new movements of Occupy and Indignados (2011, 2012a, 2012b, 2013b). As a particpant in both a local social forum and Occupy related initiatives, I’m especially interested to see how relations between the two could evolve.

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Invitation: GlobalSquare online meeting, Sunday 3 February 2013

Next meeting of GlobalSquare (also known as Occupy the WSF initiative)

  • Location: Occupytalk.org server, room: Assemblies & Round Tables > OPEN SPACE (Mumble instructions below)
  • Date: Sunday, 3rd of February 2013
  • Time: 19.00 GMT/UTC, check your local time here: time zone converter

About our initiative

From 26-30 March 2013 the World Social Forum (WSF) will take place in Tunis. The WSF is a global meeting, held regularly since 2001, bringing together civil society organisations, social movements and activists to discuss our struggles to build another world.

A diverse group of individuals, active in 15M, Occupy and other grassroots movements and networks around the globe, started to discuss the possibilities to participate in the WSF in Tunisia, recognizing this can be the right time and place to come together and share our experiences and practices. GlobalSquare is an initiative to mobilize and organize together towards, around and beyond the World Social Forum. Read more……

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GlobalSquare – Towards, around, and beyond the World Social Forum 2013 Tunis

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From 26-30 March 2013 the World Social Forum (WSF) will take place in Tunis. The WSF is a global meeting, held regularly since 2001, bringing together civil society organisations, social movements and activists to discuss our struggles to build another world.

A diverse group of individuals, active in 15M, Occupy and other grassroots movements and networks around the globe, started to discuss the possibilities to participate in the WSF in Tunisia, recognizing this can be the right time and place to come together and share our experiences and practices. GlobalSquare is an initiative to mobilize and organize together towards, around and beyond the World Social Forum. Read more…

Invitation: GlobalSquare (Occupy WSF) online meeting, 17 January 2013

Agora99

http://www.global-square.net

* GlobalSquare (also known as Occupy the WSF initiative) is a name chosen during the last couple of meetings. You may remember another project, called The Global Square, which is not the same but we are both in touch and we will try to go to the WSF in Tunisia with the same spirit as The Global Square and others when they occupied the Berlin Biennale.

Our next meeting

  • Date: Thursday, 17th of January 2013
  • Time: 19.00 GMT in Mumble, for your location please use the time zone converter
  • Location: Occupytalk.org server, room: Assemblies & Round Tables > OPEN SPACE
  • Pad for agenda and minutes: http://titanpad.com/globalsquare5 (add your proposals here)

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Call for the fourth Occupy the WSF Online Meeting on Thursday 3rd January 2013 at 19.00 GMT, at 20.00 CET, at 21,00 IST

From 26-30 March 2013 the World Social Forum (WSF) will take place in Tunis. The WSF is a global meeting bringing together civil society organisations, social movements and activists to discuss our struggles to build another world.

In the recent meetings of Agora99 and Firenze10+10 a diverse group of individuals, active in 15M, Occupy and other horizontal grassroots social movements and networks around the globe, started to talk about the possibilities to participate in the WSF in Tunisia, recognizing this can be the right time and place to come together and share our experiences and practices.

To discuss and organize our participation in the WSF, we started an open communication process through regular online meetings and an inclusive mailing list which is a space open to a variety of initiatives, gathering particularly participants from the various movements mostly emerged throughout the year 2011 (Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal, Morocco, Spain Chile, Usa, Quebec, etc).

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Call for the third Occupy the WSF Online Meeting – Tuesday, 18th of December, 2012 at 19.00 PM GMT

Français ci-dessous – Castellano abajo – Italiano sotto

From 26-30 March 2013 the World Social Forum (WSF) will take place in Tunis. The WSF is a global meeting bringing together civil society organisations, social movements and activists to discuss our struggles to build another world.

In the recent meetings of Agora99 and Firenze10+10 a diverse group of individuals, active in 15M, Occupy and other horizontal grassroots social movements and networks around the globe, started to talk about the possibilities to participate in the WSF in Tunisia, recognizing this can be the right time and place to come together and share our experiences and practices.

To discuss and organize our participation in the WSF, we started an open communication process through regular online meetings and an inclusive mailing list which is a space open to a variety of initiatives, gathering particularly participants from the various movements mostly emerged throughout the year 2011 (Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal, Morocco, Spain Chile, Usa, Quebec, etc).

During the meetings of 30 november and 7  december many proposals have been suggested: a series of assemblies  within the official program of the WSF, an open space about the future  of our struggles, communication skill-sharing workshops, a camp and  caravan in Tunis, and more. In order to make our these activities as open and inclusive as possible, we also discussed the options of a  solidarity fund for travelling and interactive live connection with our  activities in Tunisia.

The  coming months we will continue to develop these plans. We intend to always keep our process open to new people, new proposals, constructive criticism and fresh fuel to the fire from all the corners of the world. Therefore we warmly welcome your participation in our online meetings and/or mailinglist.

You can join the mailinglist here:

http://openfsm.net/projects/2011movements-fsm-wsf/lists/2011movements-fsm-wsf-discussion

Our next meeting is:

Date: Tuesday, 18th of December, 2012

Time: 19:00 GMT/UTC

for other locations please use the time zone converter: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

Pad: http://titanpad.com/agora99firezneWSF3 (suggest agenda items here)

Mumble  is a voice chat Open Source software (works similar to skype but is not  a corporate tool). How to download-install-connect the program to  participate:http://occupytalk.org/article/how-connect-our-server

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CALL FOR THE SECOND OCCUPY THE WSF MEETING – 7TH DECEMBER 2012 AT 19.00 PM GMT

This is a Call for the second Occupy the WSF Meeting

MEETING LOCATION: MUMBLE PLATFORM

The date of the meeting is 7th December 2012 at 19.00 pm GMT

Agenda for next meeting to be build up collectively, please contribute adding relevant points here

WHAT
The World Social Forum 2013 will take place in Tunis, Tunisia from the 26th to the 30th March.

This Forum will provide a strategic location for discussion of the issues of most concern to us. Tunisia has become a symbolic center for the global movement, as the ArabSpring was born there. March would be a proper time to gather and exchange with other movements and networks that have flourished in the North African regions and the Arab World. This forum will serve as a meeting place for those involved in local Occupations, assemblies, and mobilizations in other parts of the world during 2011 and 2012. We can build and strengthen the links between existing networks around the Mediterranean region and globally and e can strategies May and October joint-actions. We can practice our methodologies, as we did in Firenze 10+10, while communicating and sharing our new knowledge and tool kits with those outside these movements.

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