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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.

It’s the commons!

Friday, October 13th, 2006

video_button_white_dred.gifDavid Rovics sings the Commons. If you cannot see it below, click here. The song text is below the video frame.

The Commons
David Rovics

First you told us only through you could we know God
And if we dared to question then He wouldn’t spare the rod
For you we worked the soil, for you we dug the moors
For you we shed our blood and fought so many pointless wars
And now you build your fences and say there’s nothing we can do
You say the world around us belongs fairly to the few
But about six billion people no doubt will agree
This world is our home, not your property

It’s the commons, our right of birth (more…)

“National Security” and the “economy”

Thursday, October 12th, 2006

video_button_white_dred.gifWars are justified in terms of “national security”, and todays empire’s wars are, for good or bad, justified in the same terms. Critics generally tend to dismiss the national security argument, by pointing out, as in the case of Colin Powell’s infamous speech on WMD at the UN used to justify US and British attack on Iraq, that the threats to national security are often constructed, and indeed, they become more real as a result of imperial policies. In a sense, this is true. But in another sense, this is not taking the forces of Empire seriously enough. There is in fact a sense in which “national security” — as defined by capital’s empire — is threatened if new markets, new realms of market relations, are not created. The difficult thing is to articulate this broader sense of “national security” with the lies and constructions used to justify wars. (more…)

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.

empire and media-government collusion

Tuesday, October 10th, 2006

video_button_white_dred.gifShort news clip from Democracy Now! 9 October 2006 on the collusion between US government and media for the preparation of the war in Afghanistan. Today’s president of the World Bank (Paul Wolfowitz) was yesterday’s convener of a propaganda planning meeting with journalists. Click here if you cannot run the video below.

Livelihoods in times of war

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

video_button_white_dred.gifHere is a video collage of news clip appeared on he internet in the past month. You’ll find palestinian and lebanese fishermen stranded on the shore, lebanese people starting reconstruction without government intervention, lebanese managers blaming Israelis for bombing their forniture and milk factories as a competitive move, and empty palestinan household refrigerators. Enclosures pass through war . . .