Monthly Archives: November 2011

Flere settes på gata | Klassekampen

Rekordmange nordmenn, og dobbelt så mange som før finanskrisa, får nå varsel om tvangsutkastelse fra boligen sin. Les mer…

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Filed under Economic justice, Financial crisis, Norway

The tactics of occupation: Becoming cockroach | Nomadic universality

The global occupy protest movement is proliferating by “contagion, epidemics, battlefields, and catastrophes”.[1] Furthermore, it materialises and disperses in multiple ephemeral processes of transformation that construct a common for the multitude of protestors. The common produced by the global occupy movement is not a mutually shared opposition to the capitalist crisis, nor a collective identity (of the “indignados” or of the 99%), nor a consensual political project (for real, authentic democracy). The common does not even embody an identical strategy of occupying public space, but rather to a series of becomings that question established categorizations and taxonomies that normalize the production of subjectivities and the organisation of life.

More so, the common is not produced in a genealogical, linear fashion, evolving from past forms of mobilisation and protest but rather it emerges directly out of the exceptional material circumstances of crisis contagion and catastrophe that spread like an epidemic in different territorialisations.

In order to perform this argument, we will attempt to trace forms of becoming cockroach in the context of the global occupy movement. Read more…

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Filed under Democracia Real Ya/Indignados, Democracy movements, Direct and participatory democracy, Occupy movement

Private spaces are stifling protest | Anna Minton | Comment is free |

Occupy London’s struggle to find a public space for protest reflects the increasing private control of our towns and cities.

The argument over whether the Occupy movement should camp outside St Paul’s and the subsequent closure of the cathedral has served to distract from the main issue facing the protesters, which is that political protest is banned in the vast majority of the City’s public places. The protesters did not intend to camp outside St Paul’s but they found they had nowhere else to go if they wished to remain in the City – which is the focus of the protest. Continue reading…

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Filed under Civil rights, Democracy, Public space

Occupy Everywhere: Michael Moore, Naomi Klein on Next Steps for the Movement Against Corporate Power | Democracy Now!

How does the Occupy Wall Street movement move from “the outrage phase” to the “hope phase,” and imagine a new economic model? In a Democracy Now! special broadcast, we bring you excerpts from a recent event that examined this question and much more. “Occupy Everywhere: On the New Politics and Possibilities of the Movement Against Corporate Power,” a panel discussion hosted by The Nation magazine and The New School in New York City, features Oscar-winning filmmaker and author Michael Moore; Naomi Klein, best-selling author of the “Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism”; Rinku Sen of the Applied Research Center and publisher of ColorLines; Occupy Wall Street organizer Patrick Bruner; and veteran journalist William Greider, author of “Come Home, America: The Rise and Fall (and Redeeming Promise) of Our Country.” Read more…

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The shocking truth about the crackdown on Occupy | Naomi Wolf | Comment is free |

The violent police assaults across the US are no coincidence. Occupy has touched the third rail of our political class’s venality Read more…

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Filed under Civil rights, Corruption, Democracy, Occupy movement

The Violence of the Free Market: Globalization Leads to Struggle for Food that Imperils Filipino Poor | World | AlterNet

As the world faces the uphill battle of feeding its people in the coming years, neoliberalism and globalization add insult to injury in the Philippines. Read more…

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The abolition of the NHS. That’s what is happening. | openDemocracy

For the last two decades government policy has been to divert billions of pounds of NHS spending to for-profit corporations, including the multi billion pound PFI debt programme. Inflation-proofed PFI payments absorb around 15 per cent of hospitals’ budgets and the figure is rising. No wonder facilities must close, staff are being sacked and patients turned away.

These sources of profit have not always existed. Viewing the English NHS and other European health systems as unopened oysters of profitable opportunity, corporations in the USA and Europe have worked long and lobbied hard to open public health care systems to the market. Read more…

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Filed under Economism and neoliberalism, Health care