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Turnips, hammers & the square - why workplace occupations have faded

What if we build it and they don’t come? That was the experience of the left during the crisis - decades had been spent building organisations and a model of how crisis would create revolution but when the crisis arrived the left discovered that the masses weren’t convinced. The expected pattern of crisis leading to small strikes and protests, then to mass strikes and riot and then perhaps to general strike and revolution didn’t flow as expected. Under that theory the radical left would at first be marginal but then as conditions drove class militancy to new heights the workers disappointed by reformist politicians and unions leaders would move quickly to swell its ranks.

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10 Do’s and Don’ts for Progressives Discussing Syria

Heb  je zin dit stuk te vertalen in het Nederlands, neem dan even contact op met Dit e-mailadres wordt beveiligd tegen spambots. JavaScript dient ingeschakeld te zijn om het te bekijken. document.getElementById('cloak86843fb5426477390e575c4c33d06bee').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy86843fb5426477390e575c4c33d06bee = 'info' + '@'; addy86843fb5426477390e575c4c33d06bee = addy86843fb5426477390e575c4c33d06bee + 'globalinfo' + '.' + 'nl'; var addy_text86843fb5426477390e575c4c33d06bee = 'info' + '@' + 'globalinfo' + '.' + 'nl';document.getElementById('cloak86843fb5426477390e575c4c33d06bee').innerHTML += ''+addy_text86843fb5426477390e575c4c33d06bee+''; )   Figuring Out a Proper Response 10 Do’s and Don’ts for Progressives Discussing Syria by RAMAH KUDAIMI With Syria back in the news due to the horrific chemical weapons attack last week that killed hundreds and threats from the US to engage in military strikes, below are some do’s and don’ts for progressive/radical anti-war organizations/activists in the US as you figure out a proper response.

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Against Academic Alibis: The Best Education is the Struggle

--- Zin om dit te vertalen? neem even contact op met Dit e-mailadres wordt beveiligd tegen spambots. JavaScript dient ingeschakeld te zijn om het te bekijken. document.getElementById('cloakd7fe39203d02ac903bf9e27257259715').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addyd7fe39203d02ac903bf9e27257259715 = 'fo' + '@'; addyd7fe39203d02ac903bf9e27257259715 = addyd7fe39203d02ac903bf9e27257259715 + 'globalinfo' + '.' + 'nl'; var addy_textd7fe39203d02ac903bf9e27257259715 = 'info' + '@' + 'globalinfo' + '.' + 'nl';document.getElementById('cloakd7fe39203d02ac903bf9e27257259715').innerHTML += ''+addy_textd7fe39203d02ac903bf9e27257259715+''; ) The author of We Created Chávez, George Ciccariello-Maher, draws on his experiences in the “cauldron of resistance” of Oakland, CA to speak on the relations between education, organizing in universities, and struggles against police and prisons. Against academics’ use of alibis, such as ‘changing the world by teaching,’ to legitimize anything they do as a contribution to radical movements, he calls for academics to more clearly distinguish between their jobs and their political work. (See rest of interview below)

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Tunis: A tale of two World Social Forums

(nb: dit stuk is ondertussen vertaald en op de website geplaatst) 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

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Why the collapsing of the financial bubble is not the fault of “greedy bankers” and why there can be no going back to a social welfare capitalism

A new version of the “stab in the back” legend of the 1920s and ‘30s is making the rounds:  “our” economy has supposedly fallen victim to the limitless greed of a handful of bankers and speculators. Gorged on the cheap money of the U.S. Federal Reserve and backed up by irresponsible politicians, these greedy bankers have–so the legend goes–brought the world to the edge of the abyss, while honest people are made to play the fools.

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Libertarian reflections on the death of Hugo Chávez

  We will no longer see one of the most important men in Latin America in the last decade. It is impossible not to be somewhat shaken by this fact. We do not doubt that they will be celebrating with the most expensive champagne in Chacao. Naturally that is not our feeling, nor is it that of the Venezuelan masses. We can only feel solidarity with them in their sense of grief over the passing of one who in recent years was their undisputed leader and benchmark for the popular movement across the continent. [Castellano] (source)

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Talking Anarchism and the Arab Uprisings with Mohammed Bamyeh

Spontaneity, largely horizontal organization, and a suspicion toward explicit political leadership have all been signature components of what’s referred to as the Arab Spring. This has been the case since the outbreak of the Tunisian revolution – regardless of the regimes that have resulted from the power vacuums left in their wake. Yet very little of the particularities or the historical forces driving these uprisings captured the imagination of or spoke to left anti-authoritarians in the west, until the appearance of a western-style black bloc in Cairo on the two year anniversary of the Egyptian revolution. That contradiction, and a sudden gaze cast –particularly on Egypt – pose rather unsettling questions about representation, and a slouch toward Orientalism.

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Idle No More: Hints of a Global Super-Movement

Published on Thursday, January 3, 2013 by Huffington Post Idle No More: Hints of a Global Super-Movement by Jacob Devaney   What started as a murmur in early October from First Nations People in Canada in response to Bill C45 has become a movement that echoes the sentiments of people all over the world, a battle cry of love for the planet, "Idle No More." At first glance it might appear that this movement is isolated and doesn't effect you if you are not native or if you don't live in Canada, yet it does.

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Europe Speaks German

It is becoming clear that Germany intends to be the EU’s major political as well as economic power, and to dominate European governance to favour Germany’s privileged position as the global economic order changes. Ordinary citizens of other countries in Europe may refuse to comply.

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