David Graeber: Capitalists spread prosperity only when threatened by global rivalry, radical movements and the risk of uprisings at home.
Back in the 90s, I used to get into arguments with Russian friends about capitalism. This was a time when most young eastern European intellectuals were avidly embracing everything associated with that particular economic system, even as the proletarian masses of their countries remained deeply suspicious. Whenever I'd remark on some criminal excess of the oligarchs and crooked politicians who were privatising their countries into their own pockets, they would simply shrug.
"If you look at America, there were all sorts of scams like that back in the 19th century with railroads and the like," I remember one cheerful, bespectacled Russian twentysomething explaining to me. "We are still in the savage stage. It always takes a generation or two for capitalism to civilise itself."
"And you actually think capitalism will do that all by itself?"
AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM and Intel today announced the formation of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), an open membership group focused on breaking down the barriers of technology silos to support better access to big data with improved integration of the physical and digital worlds.
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Again, 2014 will be full of struggles, actions and mobilisations for a real global change. This Mumble call will be about starting a new series of forums and assemblies that are open to all individuals who will able to make independent effortsfrom any corporate, state and NGO funded agendaand; who could be exactly themselves when changing the world, when getting together, discussing and collaborating with others; either as a part of a collective, group, network or individually, and by using either online, or face to face means, or both.
We want to put forwards and link our plans, activities and actions to each other while making new ones collectively in order to create globally connected action waves and human ties in 2014. Believing that horizontal and grassroot assemblies and forums have the power to do so; we ultimately would like to create and realize positive, creative, constructive, joyful and clear visions and practices that can stop the disastrous and elitist political and economic system and go beyond it. Before it spoils the entire life and turn the planet into a global tyranny!
This first mumble call has the above perspective but no any set agenda or competed plan. If participants would like to make it, it would be a kick off for open ended series of distributed revolutionary forums/assemblies, to be held regularly throughout the year, or otherwise for occasionally held strategic gatherings.
This first call is going to symbolically challenge the elitist World Economic Forum (WEF) to be held in Davos between 22-25 January 2014. More than a decade ago, the same challenge was posed by WSF and has created strong meme. Anyone feel like to repose the challenge at the 1% is welcome, please feel free to join us and spread the word!
When? First call: 22 January 2014Time: 13:00-15:00 PM (UK time) Every month on the 3rd Sunday at the same time – and space
Where? Mumble Server: Occupy Talk Label: Occupii Server: occupytalk.org (has to be written exactly as it is) Port: 64738 Channel: #WREF – World Revolution Forum Nickname: Your name/nick
Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison, Jeremy Hammond Uses Allocution to Give Consequential Statement Highlighting Global Criminal Exploits by FBI Handlers
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Jeremy Hammond, a 28-year-old political activist, was sentenced today to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to participating in the Anonymous hack into the computers of the private intelligence firm Strategic Forecasting (Stratfor). The Ceremonial Courtroom at the Federal Court for the Southern District of New York was filled today with an outpouring of support by journalists, activists and other whistleblowers who see Jeremy Hammond’s actions as a form of civil disobedience, motivated by a desire to protest and expose the secret activities of private intelligence corporations.
AKP’nin her seçimden ve referandumdan sonra özgüvene dayalı dilini ve tonunu sertleştirdiği politikaları, makro düzeyden mikro düzeye indikçe son bir haftadır yaşanan olaylara ister istemez kapı aralandı. Kamu, sağlık ve sosyal güvenlik politikaları temelinde, kendilerine göre lüzumlu gördükleri her alanı yeniden düzenlemeye dönük uygulamalara koyulan AKP, her seferinde çeşitli tepkileri toplamasına karşın, tüm tepkileri kesiştirebilecek ve hacmini büyütebilecek hamlelerden uzak durmaya çalışıyordu. Örneğin toplum sağlığı gerekçesiyle sigara yasağını gündeme getirdiklerinde alkol yasağının üzerine yüklenmekten kaçındılar. Yahut kamusal alanlar için alkol yasağını gündeme taşıdıklarında bu yasağı sağlık bağlamından ziyade dini vecibeler, dini yasaklamalar gibi teolojik çerçeve içerisine yerleştirerek muhtemel tepkileri asgari düzeye çekmeye çalıştılar. Son dönemde mikro ölçekli düzenlemelerinin meşruiyetini sağlamak amacıyla yer yer Cumhuriyet dönemine dönerek, laiklik-vesayetçilik-elitlik üçgenine dair alışıldık eleştirel söylemleri işlettiler; böylelikle kendi tabanında dahi oluşabilecek rahatsızlıkları bir ölçüde engellemeye çalıştılar.
An EU-wide coalition of civil society organisations who share a deep concern about the various threats posed by the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership TTIP (also known as Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement or TAFTA) are now working together against the trade agreement. In the joint statement the EU-wide coalition explains their position on the lack of transparency and democratic procedures, proposed investment protection chapter, deregulation of standards and the anti-democratic governance structures and procedures
Derin devlet, gladyo ve örtülü CIA operasyonlarından Türkiye dahil bir çok ülkede patlak veren halk isyanlarına; kısıtlanmak istenen internet özgürlüklerinden Türkiye’deki “paralel devlet” ve AKP-Cemaat çatışmasının küresel rekabetler açısından değerlendirilmesine kadar oldukça geniş bir perspektifte güncel ve kuramsal ekonomi politik meseleleri Kees van der Pijl ile konuştuk.
Kâmil Kurtul tarafından Türkçe’ye çevirilen Küresel Rekabetler-Soğuk Savaştan Irak’ a (Global Rivalries, From The Cold War To Iraq, 2008) kitabının yazarı ve eleştirel uluslararası/küresel politik iktisat teorisinin önde gelen temsilcilerinden olan Hollandalı akademisyen Kees van der Pijl ile gerçekleştirdiğimiz bu söyleşiyi, Atılım Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi’nin son sayısında okuyabilirsiniz.
Örsan Şenalp ve Mehmet Gürsan Şenalp
Atılım Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi Cilt / Volume: 3 • Sayı / No: 1-2 • Mayıs-Kasım 2013
A continuation of thoughts from World War III: A picture and earlier A Stateless War
Since the above articles in September 2012 and 2010, it has become abundantly clear that none of the world’s governments have any motivation or ability to stand up to the corporate multinational empires headquartered in the countries of the five eyes and their associates. The UN vote in support of Palestine in November of 2012 was a symbolic rebellion, but in the end only proved how ineffective that rebellion would be as Israel instantly paraded their complete contempt for the world’s opinion. As Israel and the US promised, the vote changed nothing on the ground. A relentless stream of new treaties and laws is entrenching the corporate umbrella that now has legal control over the world’s governments. Sovereignty is dead. Corporations are people and people are products.
China runs the largest censorship machine in human history, researchers say. But Harvard studies of Internet postings in China suggest that even vitriolic criticisms of leaders and state policies are not what officials want to censor.