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REMEMBER, REMEMBER THE 6th OF DECEMBER!

The 6th of December was not just yet another day!!

It was three years ago, on the night of the 6th of December 2008, when a cop killed (in the Exarchia district of Athens) the 15-years old anarchist Alexis Gregoropoulos. This was the drop that spilled the cup of state terrorism. Social revolt, nothing less, that was the only justified answer to the oppressive militarized forces deployed by bourgeois democracy to defend capitalist rule against what bourgeoisie considers to be, and treats as if it actually is, “internal enemy”: the proletarians created by its own neoliberal, oppressive policies. 

For more than a month, many thousands of people reclaimed the streets in all major cities of Greece, fighting back against police brutality, and calling into question the very reality of bourgeois political domination, by means of self-organized structures, popular assemblies, and generalized civil disobedience. It was not just an outbreak of youth rage, according to the way mainstream media presented the events, attempting to turn the attention of their consumers to the extensive damages in private and corporate properties caused by excessive rioting and street-fighting. It was, above all, a resurrection against the conditions that determine the everyday lived experience of workers, and particularly of young “flexible” precarious, unorganized, or poorly organized in unions, workers, in a conjuncture of time where capital tends to extend its domination over virtually all the aspects of social life.

On Tuesday, December 6, 2011, a demonstration organized to take place at the centre of Athens will mark  this year’s Anniversary of the December Revolt. Despite the fact that the ruling class has now established an openly authoritarian regime, appointing (this is the right word!) a non-elected “technocrat” government, so as to push ahead with so-called “reforms” depreciating directly and abruptly the value of labour power, both in Greece and in Europe (because Greece is the “pilot episode” of this global total class war), the revolutionary movement does not step back. And this is precisely what we should do everywhere, from Athens to London or Wisconsin: Not one step back!!!

If any comrades are interested to learn and to see more, I have attached to this message some links to texts and images concerning December Revolt and its aftermath:  

1) An article written by two members of OKDE-Spartakos (Greek Section of the Fourth International) six months after the revolt evaluating mostly the ensuing developments in the political climate:

Tassos Anastasiadis, Andreas Sartzekis: “Left perspectives of the December Revolt”, International Viewpoint, Online Magazine, 411, April 2009: http://www.internationalviewpoint.org/spip.php?article1645

2) A Declaration written by the Surrealist Group of Athens, released on the 11th day of December. Some days later, a group named “proletarians from Thessaloniki” on their own initiative translated the declaration into English.

Athens Surrealist Group: “The Ghost of Freedom always Comes with the Knife Between its Teeth”:
http://athens.indymedia.org/front.php3?lang=el&article_id=945570

3)  A collection of writings concerning the revolt, prepared by USA-based comrades. Several declarations written at that time are included (among them is also the “official” translation of the declaration of Athens Surrealist Group), along with two texts, by the group TPGT (Ta paidia tis Galarias, or The Children of the Gallery) and the Blaumachen collective, that try to analyze the character and the content of the insurrection from a Marxist viewpoint:

“A Day When Nothing is Certain: Writings on the Greek Insurrection”: http://www.occupiedlondon.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/a-day-when-nothing-is-certain.pdf

4) Another very interesting Marxist analysis (regardless of possible disagreements) made by the Blaumachen collective:

“December 2008, Greece: An attempt to detect the power and the limits of our struggle”:
http://www.blaumachen.gr/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/December2008-BM3-ENG.pdf

 5) Another, more comprehensive, collection of translated texts and communiqués written during the revolt, prepared by a London-based collective. It contains also two chronicles of the events. The texts of this collection are highly indicative of the proletarian character of the revolt:

“Everyone to the streets: texts and Communiques of the Greek Uprising”:
http://www.alphabetthreat.co.uk/tothestreets/everyone_to_the_streets_paginated.pdf

6) A paper by the scholar and activist Stavros Stavridis, touching upon the collective appropriation of public space during and shortly after the revolt:

Stavros Stavridis: “The December Youth Uprising in Athens : Spatial Justice in a Possible City of Thresholds”: http://www.jssj.org/media/public_space_vo2.pdf

7) And for the end, some short footage from the 1st anniversary of December Revolt in Athens, showing Athens University’s new look: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slB3UAALHRU&feature=related

Hasta la Victoria Siempre!!!!

You have my comradely, revolutionary greetings!

V.

 

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

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‘Cheerful Sin’ – a new song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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Marxism and Culture

RIOT, REVOLT, REVOLUTION

CAPPE
Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics
University of Brighton, UK

7th International Interdisciplinary Conference
RIOT, REVOLT, REVOLUTION
Wednesday 5th – Friday 7th September 2012

Call for Papers

It is very rare for societies or institutions to change unless they are confronted by specific forms of resistance. This conference investigates those moments of historical change when existing orders are put into question. In particular, it seeks to challenge us to rethink ways in which we might understand resistance and asks us to read the past in order to inform the present through a focus on riot, revolt and revolution, and on the interplay between them.

Papers which address these themes from any discipline are welcome.

Suggested topics might include:

Modernism and post-modernism in the arts
What is revolution?
The French Revolution
20th-century revolutions
The neo-liberal revolution
Occupy Wall Street
Resistance today
Civil War
The politics of riot
Ethics of revolt
Resistance to change
Burke or Kant?
The limits of reform
Challenges to capitalism
Neo-liberal economics
Financial crisis: a real opportunity?
Postcolonial politics
Discourses of Resistance
Languages of Resistance

We anticipate that these and related issues will be of interest to people working in, among other areas, philosophy, political theory, politics, sociology, international relations, cultural studies, the arts, history, government and law.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be emailed by 6th January 2012, at the latest, to Nicola Clewer, nc95@brighton.ac.uk.

The conference fee is £210. This includes refreshments, lunch on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and a buffet dinner on the Thursday evening.

There are a limited number of places available for graduate students and for people who have no institutional affiliation at the reduced price of £105. Please indicate if you wish to be considered for one of these places when sending your abstract; or contact Nicola Clewer at nc95@brighton.ac.uk as soon as possible.

Please note: the conference fee does not include accommodation and, unfortunately, we are unable to offer travel grants or other forms of financial assistance. A limited amount of reasonably priced student halls of residence accommodation is available on a first come first served basis.

For further information about the centre please see the CAPPE: www.brighton.ac.uk/CAPPE OR http://www.brighton.ac.uk/CAPPE

For further information about the conference and updates: http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/riot or http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/riot

 

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Urban Disorder

URBAN DISORDER AND POLICING

Recent events in London and elsewhere have brought a renewed focus on urban disorder, revolt and policing. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space has grouped seven previously published papers – six from this journal, and one from Environment and Planning A – into a virtual theme issue. The papers will be freely available without subscription for two months until October 2011. We think that these papers offer a range of historical, political, theoretical and geographical perspectives on contemporary events.

You can find links to the papers and a brief explanation here: http://societyandspace.com/2011/08/12/urban-disorder-and-policing/

Stuart
Professor Stuart Elden, Geography Department, Durham University

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No Future

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 8th AUGUST 2011

EVENTS

LESSONS FROM STRUGGLE:  POPULAR REVOLTS FROM RUSSIA TO EGYPT – PALESTINE 1987, 2000

Study Series
Tues, Aug 9, 6pm
Bahen Centre, 40 St. George St, Room 3008
Speaker: Salmaan Abdul Hamid Khan

http://www.socialist.ca
toronto.socialists@gmail.com

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LABOURSTART’S 2ND ANNUAL GLOBAL SOLIDARITY CONFERENCE

November 18-20, 2011
Istanbul, Turkey

From social networks to social revolution – That’s the theme of this year’s LabourStart Global Solidarity Conference, to be held on 18-20 November 2011 at the headquarters of Petrol-Is (the Turkish oil workers union) in Istanbul.  The conference will consist of plenary sessions, workshops and cultural events.

Read more: http://www.labourstart.org/2011/

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NEWS & VIEWS

TYCOONS LAUGHING ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK

By Linda McQuaig, Common Dreams

There are likely few characters less loved in America these days than hedge fund managers — widely regarded as among the arch villains of the 2008 Wall Street meltdown.

So, months ago, when Washington embarked on a frenzied search for ways to reduce the massive U.S. deficit, a tax loophole that allowed hedge fund managers to pay tax at the exceptionally low rate of 15 per cent certainly seemed like low-hanging fruit.

Read more:  http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/08/02

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PODCAST – HOW LOW CAN WE GO: CEILINGS AND FLOORS OF PUBLIC POLICY

By Stephen Benedetti and Matthew Adams

The war on the city continues in Toronto where the mayor and company continue to attack the idea of a city, as many politicians around the world attack the idea of a public commons and instead worship at the altar of public policy as business. How low can this go? Perhaps only in the U.S. (and maybe because it is only here that a “debt-ceiling” exists) can a ceiling be a floor. The general public welfare isn’t the debate, it is: how many cuts can we make?

Hear the podcast:  http://bit.ly/otnRBk

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NEXT LOW-WAGE HAVEN: USA

By Jane Slaughter, Labor Notes

Jokes about the U.S. becoming “Europe’s Mexico” are commonplace, but now high-priced consultants are pushing the notion in all seriousness. As Chinese wages rise and U.S. wages fall, manufacturing costs in the two countries are converging fast.

Read more:  http://labornotes.org/2011/07/next-low-wage-haven-usa

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FAMILY VALUES AND BUDGET CUTS

By  Armine Yalnizyan, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Once again, in the middle of summer, the anti-government government has unleashed more anti-policy policy via a compliant Statistics Canada.

Who needs data when you’ve got family values? The Harper team knows what you need. (Hint: tax cuts. Oops! Not for you sister, if you’re a single mom.)

Read more: http://www.behindthenumbers.ca/2011/07/21/family-values-and-budget-cuts/

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ABOUT CSEW (CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION & WORK, OISE/UT):

Head: Peter Sawchuk
Co-ordinator: D’Arcy Martin

The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) brings together educators from university, union, and community settings to understand and enrich the often-undervalued informal and formal learning of working people. We develop research and teaching programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) that strengthen feminist, anti-racist, labour movement, and working-class perspectives on learning and work.

Our major project is APCOL: Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning. This five-year project (2009-2013), funded by SSHRC-CURA, brings academics and activists together in a collaborative effort to evaluate how organizations approach issues and campaigns and use popular education. For more information about this project, visit http://www.apcol.ca.

For more information about CSEW, visit: http://www.csew.ca

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  

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World Crisis

PAUL MASON: ‘FROM TEHRAN TO MADISON – WHAT IS NEW IN THE GREAT UNREST OF 2011?

Tuesday, 12th April 2011, 11am – 12.15
Venue: David Sizer Lecture Theatre, Queen Mary University of London (Mile End Campus)
Paul Mason is BBC Newsnight’s Economics editor and author of ‘Live Working or Die Fighting – How the Working Class Went Global’ and ‘Meltdown – The End of the Age of Greed.’

Christian Marazzi: ‘The Common and Money’
Wednesday, 13th April 2011, 1pm – 2.45
Venue: David Sizer Lecture Theatre, Queen Mary University of London (Mile End Campus)
Christian Marazzi is Professor and director of socio-economic research at the Scuola Universitaria della Svizzera Italiana and author of ‘The Violence of Financial Capitalism.’

Both events are free and open to all and are part of the 14th Annual Conference of the European Business Ethics Network (EBEN): http://www.busman.qmul.ac.uk/newsandevents/events/items/43116.html

Contact and further info: a.alele@qmul.ac.uk

Maps and directions here: http://www.qmul.ac.uk/about/howtofindus/mileend/index.html
http://www.cfep.org.uk

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Paolo Virno

PAOLO VIRNO ON ’THE TURMOIL AND THE THEORY OF EXODUS’ – LIVE STREAMING

Friday 18 March,
6pm GMT/ 7pm CET/ 1pm EST

Live Streaming: http://www.globalproject.info/it/produzioni
New Website: http://www.lumproject.org

::2011 Research Event::
The Virtue of Turmoil: the Revolt between Exodus and Revolution

In full swing of the systemic crisis of global capitalism, the debate among radical transformations is a living one. In fact, on the one hand the financial capitalism and transnational corporations do not accept any form of regulation and consider the crisis to be a structural condition to be viewed as part of the contemporary production of value. On the other hand, the parabola of Obama indicates that reformism has come to halt and neo-Keynesian receipts are blunt weapons. This situation causes a rise in social tension, above all in the old continent, where deflationist policies dragged by Central Bank and Germany hit with more harshness. For about one year now on both sides of the Mediterranean turmoil has been spreading. The protagonists of these movements are the young, students, precarious and migrants. This turmoil indicates a powerful resistance to austerity and raises the question concerning the project of transformation: what is the goal of metropolitan riot? Is the no-future issue enough to explain the passions and the discord that animate the revolts that are taking place from Rome to London, from Athens to Tunis, from Paris to Cairo?

The aim of the LUM cycle of seminars is to deal with these questions, starting from the assumption that the events of the last months have opened a new space of possibility, a space that must not be limited to the cheering narration of the “burned generation”, a generation that rebels against its parents. There is undoubtedly a gap in the future, a lack of job prospects as well as an existential void. There is however also a search for a new kind of politics, for a new way to qualify the transformation that is taking place in the revolts carried out by students and by the young. It is something that urgently questions life and language, social relations and knowledge, the line of colour and sexual difference.

But how can we articulate this research with the revolutionary theory and praxis that we have known and that has taken shape over the past two centuries? Does the desire to gain a monopoly on political decision, the state, lurk among the tumult that penetrates European markets? Does the violent breakthrough differ from the everyday construction of meaning that aims at creating new political institutions? Does the concept of exodus – on which critical thinking has focused on several occasions during the last years – take full account of the unprecedented relationship among turmoil and constitutional praxis?

In order to answer these questions the LUM cycle of seminars sets two goals:

a) To qualify a theoretical and political conceptual constellation able to deal with contemporary change: we will do this through a critical review of texts and political materials that have most informed the debate of movements over the past twenty years.

b) To focus the attention on some revolutionary historical events of the last two centuries, to trace the irreducible discontinuities concerning the present and also, on the contrary, the problematic knots that the great revolutionary experiences have exhibited and that still today remain unresolved.

Seminar Program: [All events will start at 6pm GTM]

1. Actuality of the Revolt (from Europe to the Maghreb, and Egypt) – Augusto Illuminati (Friday, 18th February)

2. On the Concept of Turmoil (in Machiavelli) – Gabriele Pedullà (Friday 4th March)

3. The Turmoil and the Theory of the Exodus – Paolo Virno (Friday 18th March)

4. The Revolution in Europe from 1848 to the Commons (through the political writings of Marx) – Paolo Vinci (Tuesday, 1st April)

5. Jacqueries and Political Institutions – Marco Bascetta (Friday 15th April)

6. 1968 and the Politics of Difference (through the political writings of Carla Lonzi) – Federica Giardini (Wednesday, 29th April)

7. “War Machine” and the Multitude – Francesco Raparelli and Alberto De Nicola (Friday 13th May)

8. Haiti and the Black Jacobins – Fred Moten and Laura Harris (Friday 20th May)

Info:
info@lumproject.org
http://www.lumproject.org
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LUM (Libera Università Metropolitana)
presenta:
Il tumulto e la teoria dell’esodo – Paolo Virno

Venerdì 18 marzo, ore 17
Presso Esc, atelier autogestito (via dei Volsci 159 – Roma)
Diretta streaming: http://www.globalproject.info/it/produzioni
Nuovo website: http://www.lumproject.org

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Egyptian Future

EGYPT, TUNISIA AND REVOLUTION IN THE 21st CENTURY

International Socialism
A seminar hosted by the quarterly journal of socialist theory

Egypt, Tunisia and Revolution in the 21st Century

Revolution in the 21st century is a reality. In less than two months, two dictators have been overthrown. In both revolutions, the entrance of the working class onto the stage of history proved decisive. The myths that the Arab world is incapable of democracy and that regime change can be achieved only through foreign intervention lie in tatters.

In this seminar, Gilbert Achcar and Anne Alexander will discuss the processes that led to recent events in the Middle East, the prospects for the future, and the implications for capitalism, imperialism and 
socialism in the 21st century.

With:

Gilbert Achcar (Professor of Development Studies and International Relations at the School of Oriental and African Studies, author of The Arabs and the Holocaust and The Clash of Barbarisms)

Anne Alexander (Research fellow at the University of Cambridge, author of Nasser: His Life and Times and contributor to Egypt: the Moment of Change)

Tuesday 22 February, 6.30pm
Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church,
235 Shaftesbury Avenue,
London, WC2H 8EP
Near Tottenham Court Road Tube

Free entry – All welcome – Please forward

http://www.isj.org.uk  * isj@swp.org.uk * (020) 7819 1177

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Revolt

REPETITION AND REVOLT

The Theory Reading Group at Cornell University invites submissions for its seventh annual interdisciplinary spring conference:

Repetition and Revolt

Featuring keynote speaker Rebecca Comay (University of Toronto)

Cornell University
Ithaca, New York
April 14-16, 2011

Wavering between the occurrence of the novel and the recurrence of the routine, the concept of revolution often divides along a line suggested by its etymology.  Thus, even as Copernicus upset the world system of his time, he did so by describing an orbit, a stable circle.  Put simply, this legacy reminds us that every proposed overturning might yield nothing more than a mere return, a tendency that threatens to undermine radical upheavals in domains ranging from the political to the aesthetic to the scientific.  As Robert Frost suggests, it may well be in the nature of “total revolution” to put “the same class up on top.”

This critical ambiguity can emerge whenever we attempt to account for the possibility of change or difference.  Does this division reveal something essential about revolution, or does it indicate a fault in the ways in which we think about revolution?  In what ways has contemporary thought attempted to reckon with or reconcile the competing meanings of this term?  How do philosophical and theoretical discourses account for change and difference, not only in the realms of politics, literature, art, and science, but also within philosophy and theory themselves?  What forms of critique, resistance, or action can we find in contemporary thought, and what do these forms disclose about the potential or limits of the concept of revolution?

Suggested topics:

* Paradigm shifts and epistemic breaks

* Theories of literary innovation

* Copernican revolution or Ptolemaic counterrevolution

* Theories of the event

* Aesthetics and politics

* The figure of the genius

* Repetition and difference

* Revolution and globalization

* The finite and the infinite

* Secularization, the post-secular, the new atheism

* The future of critique

* Collapse, catastrophe, and crisis

* Evolution and Darwinism

* Eternal return

* Utopia and dystopia

* Revolutionary violence and messianism

* Law and exception

* Theories of transgression

* Ruptures critical and diacritical

* Revolutions in media/social mediation

* Turns: political, linguistic, ethical, (anti)social, comic

Please limit the length of abstracts to no more than 250 words.

The deadline for submission of 250-word abstracts for 20-minute presentations is February 15, 2011.

Please include your name, e-mail address, and phone number.  Abstracts should be e-mailed to repetitionrevolt@gmail.com

Notices of acceptance will be sent no later than February 25, 2011.

For more information about the Cornell Theory Reading Group, visit: http://www.arts.cornell.edu/trg  

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It starts tomorrow,

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