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Massimo De Angelis — Crises: Neoliberal Impasse and Political Recomposition

An intervention to the panel International Solidarity and Globalisation, Counter-g8 forum, 2 July 2008. 

As it has been mentioned in previous talks in these meetings, the creation of a common ground is a fundamental issue that our movements face today. But this common ground cannot be premised on the idea that the current impasse of neoliberal capital in the face of the crises has to do with the fact that “they have no brain” or “they do not know what to do”. We cannot base our desire that “Que se Vayan Todos!” [all go to hell] as the Argentineans were singing in the streets few years ago, on the basis that they are incompetent, that “they have no brain”. We have to base it on the fundamental difference and incompatibility between their way of thinking, valuing and acting upon the world that has created the current crises, and the one that emerges from the many struggles around the world. Indeed, capitalist brain is thinking, and this G8 meeting here in Ainu Mosir (Hokkaido) is an important moment of the thinking process.  <Download full PDF>

 

 

Massimo De Angelis — Foxes in Tokyo: Eight principles

Intervention presented at the panel “on the theory of contemporary capitalism for the anti-capitalist movement”, Tokyo, anti-G8 Forum, 30 June 2008

 Preamble

My parents were farmers, migrated into the city after WWII. They thought, supported by scores of popular stories and beliefs, that foxes were very smart animals. A way of thinking the question of the “theory of contemporary capitalism for the anti-capitalist movement” must be thought of like the problem of chicken for the fox: for the fox, the problem is how to outsmart the owner of the chicken; for anti-capitalists, it is how to outsmart the owners of capital and the politicians who, with their policies, try to enforce and reproduce capital vis-à-vis struggles. In other words, the question of theory is a question of how we problematise and conceptually frame strategy. Here I offer eight general principles that can help us to do so in the shaping of our theoretical understanding. I have no claim these principles are exhaustive, just a quite important starting point. <Download full PDF article>