Archive for the 'governamentality' Category

Thanks Unicef (for nothing)!

Monday, October 30th, 2006

video_button_white_dred.gifHere is a clip showing Lebanese parents describing the type of school equipment Unicef solidarity has been able to deliver. The clip is from Mosaic, at www.LinkTV.org. Bags that tear apart, two pens per students which do not write, children who are ashamed . . we can imagine the many meetings attended by busy Unicef project managers who must have spent hours to decide how to measure things, how to minimise “waste”, how to provide “effective” help without wasting resources . . .

Somos todos agent Smith!

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

thematrix.jpgHypothesis on the Matrix film trilogy:

matrix 1 = class autonomy;

matrix 2 = marxism leninism;

matrix 3 = capital’s governamentality.

This epic in three films is the epic of the capitalist dream, of capital’s longing for survival, a survival that depends on capital’s managers to find the right answer to the question: how to turn class autonomy into capital governamentality, that is how to couple class struggle to capital’s loops? That was the Matrix’s epic story, the dream of capital, with our struggles (Matrix 1) as part of its dynamic (Matrix 2), finally co-opted (Matrix 3) (more…)

Water commons and water enclosures - rough notes 1

Friday, October 20th, 2006

Here are some late and rough notes of my trip to Durban and Johannesburg in March this year and on my visit to some communities in struggles around issues of water and electricity. I was there primarily to attend the five days colloquium on Economy, Society and Nature organised by the Center for Civil Society and others in Durban, South Africa (see also previous post: Toxic tour: Durban, South Africa). After the first two days of more theoretical talks on primitive acccumulation, environment and financial crises, South Africa neoliberal policies, and so on, we hear stuff from the ground . . .the mike goes around among the participants coming from many communities in struggle around Durban and other areas in Southern Africahall.jpg . . .water is here a major issue, the anger is spoken up and the private companies insults exposed, the details revealed, the water restriction coins shown. . .the effects of enclosures on the doing of the people revealed: . . .when we talk about water restriction, meters, and the capital measure imposed on the body, not only do we mean imposing water-poverty on communities. . . we also mean a change in rhythms, sociability, a re-disign and re-engineering of what is to be in relation to the other

. . .if the water comes down drop by drop because of the restrictions, women cannot easily do “multitasking”: hold that child, while preparing soup, while washing that other child hence . . .more work . . . (more…)

The cooptation of commons: “capital’s plan B” - Part 1

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

video_button_white_dred.gifI post here part 1 of a talk delivered on the Future of the Common in April 2006, in which George Caffentzis voices his fear about capital’s “plan B”: the cooptation of commons as a transition towards a fully marketised world (Part 2 available tomorrow. There is also an online article by Caffentzis along this lines available in the ”Shut them down” collection). Caffentzis refers here to the thinking within the World Bank which started to come out in a 1992 World Development Report, continued through hundreds of studies and then, ended up in June last year. This discourse attempts to highjack discourses and practices of cooperation, collective action and commons as it became clear at the G8 meeting of Gleneagles (see entry video clip of Paul Wofowitz in the blog entry: Paul Walfowitz joins the struggle). Consequently, it is even more important for us to sharpen our understanding of what do we mean by commons, and problematise how this meaning and corresponding practices cannot be coopted. To put it with Caffentzis’ latest line, commons for us are about healing the separation between waged and unwaged workers and the means of subsistence/production. A good starting point — going back at least to Marx — to ground our reclaiming of the commons. Click the video below. If you cannot see it, try here.

Paul Wolfowitz joins the struggle

Wednesday, October 11th, 2006

video_button_white_dred.gifPaul Wolfowitz at his first annual World Bank meeting in September 2005, stating that despite the gloomy weather he “joined a crowd” of “50 thousands young people” . . . to “make poverty history” . . .mmhhh, this either says something about the World Bank or the “make poverty history” coalition or . . .both. If you cannot see it below, click here.

“Responsible globalisation”? Sure, but only through “irresponsible” demands.

Sunday, October 1st, 2006

The “Forum for a responsibe globalisation” is a four days event to be held in Lyon, 25 to 28 October this year. The event is organised by Scientific Foundation of Lyon, “established in 1918 by industry leaders of the region” and currently with a board of directors from major companies such as Banque Palatine, Bayer CropScience, Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations, Groupe Seb, Institut Français du Pétrole, Sanofi-Aventis, Siparex, Total, and representatives of public organisations, higher education and research institutions. Surely, a “public interest” institution, as decreeted in 1919.

In the web site we learn that (more…)