Daily Archives: March 5, 2012

Situations: Project of the Radical Imagination

Situations: Project of the Radical Imagination

Situations intends to address the current malaise of the radical imagination in both left theory and in popular consciousness. We aim to explore the social conditions and lived experiences that lead to this malaise and to support explanations which do not reduce political phenomena to a reflection.

via Situations: Project of the Radical Imagination.

The Carnival of Values and the Exchange Value of Carnivals – the_commoner_10.pdf (application/pdf Object)

Preface: Spring 2005 .4
Value as the Importance of Action..18
David Graeber

Value(s), Measure(s) and Disciplinary Markets..66
Massimo De Angelis

Immeasurable Value?: An Essay on Marx’s Legacy..87
George Caffentzis

Work, Value and Domination..115
Harry Cleaver

All Labour is Productive and Unproductive..132
David Harvie

Development and Reproduction…172
Mariarosa Dalla Costa

For Another Agriculture and Another Food Policy in Italy..200
Mariarosa Dalla Costa and Dario De Bortoli

Women’s Land Struggles and the Valorization of Labour..216
Silvia Federici

the_commoner_10.pdf (application/pdf Object).

DEMYSTIFYING THE FINANCIAL SECTOR – BANKING ON CRISIS

This booklet is the first publication in our ‘Banking on Crisis’ series. The next booklet, due out it the next few months, will cover the ongoing economic crisis, its origins and history, the politics of crisis and a breakdown of some of the most common narratives used to explain the current financial meltdown. Watch this space for more…

to download the digital version (free) click here

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Rip-roaring Markets and Massive Inequality: An Interview with Paul Mason | Mute

Paul Mason is an unusual BBC journalist. He has an intellectual approach to his work which goes far beyond soundbites and rehashes from other mainstream media outlets. While he doesn’t identify himself with any particular political line, his professional interest in the current crisis of capitalism extends to a variety of theoretical perspectives from the left.

via Rip-roaring Markets and Massive Inequality: An Interview with Paul Mason | Mute.

Upcoming Programs | The Brecht Forum

Upcoming Programs | The Brecht Forum.

Envisioning a Post-Capitalist Order | A Collaborative Project

Envisioning a Post-Capitalist Order | A Collaborative Project.

MUTE: Magazine, book publishers and media technologists | Mute

Autonomist publication

– WE GLADLY FEAST ON THOSE WHO WOULD SUBDUE US

Magazine, book publishers and media technologists | Mute.

The Economy of Abolition/Abolition of the Economy | Mute

The economist Michael Hudson talks of the expropriation of pension-fund savings as one of the more innovative methods by which the wage was attacked from the ’60s onwards. Instead of supporting workers and the industries they labour in, these funds – advanced by companies in a trade-off for a slower growth in wages it should be noted – were typically invested for financial gain in stocks and junk bonds as forms of corporate speculation and looting that operated against labour and against ‘productive’ employment and working conditions by siphoning money away from what Hudson terms productive capital formation16. We don’t have to agree with Hudson’s yearning for a ‘good’ productive capitalism under Keynesian conditions, to see that the old idea of the worker as the producer of wealth has taken a knock in the era of the ‘rentier economy’ and conditions of rampant financialisation (even accepting the shift of much labour to the ‘Global South’17). In the context of what we’ve been discussing, how does the financialisation/debt nexus fit with the communisation thesis on the contemporary class relations?

via The Economy of Abolition/Abolition of the Economy | Mute.

Bitcoin – finally, fair money? | Mute

Bitcoin is a decentralised digital currency deploying peer-to-peer networking to enable secure and anonymous transactions without a central bank. Unlike many economic commentators, The Wine and Cheese Appreciation Society and Scott Len take the currency seriously but ask, how exactly does it differ from ‘real’ money?

via Bitcoin – finally, fair money? | Mute.

Financialization: A Primer | The Brecht Forum

The structural changes that paved the way for financialization involved the squashing of working-class aspirations during the Reagan-Thatcher years; the defeats of the miners’ strike in England and of the air traffic controllers’ (PATCO) strike in the United States were perhaps the most symbolic instances of this process. At the same time, these and other governments increasingly embraced the twin policy mantras of fighting inflation and deregulating markets in place of creating full employment and raising wages. Corporations pushed through legislation to dismantle the financial regulations that inhibited their profitmaking strategies.

via Financialization: A Primer | The Brecht Forum.

Debt: The First Five Thousand Years | Mute

David Graeber undertook his original research in the relations between former nobles and former slaves in a rural community in Madagascar; it was about magic as a tool of politics, about the nature of power, character, and the meaning of history. He has recently completed a research project on social movements dedicated to principles of direct democracy and has written widely on the relation between anthropology and anarchism. He is currently working on a project about the history of debt

via Debt: The First Five Thousand Years | Mute.