They Can't Represent Us!: Reinventing Democracy from Greece to Occupy

They Can't Represent Us!: Reinventing Democracy from Greece to Occupy

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How the new global movements are putting forward a radical conception of democracy.

Here is one of the first books to assert that mass protest movements in disparate places such as Greece, Argentina, and the United States share an agenda — to raise the question of what democracy should mean. These horizontalist movements, including Occupy, exercise and claim participatory democracy as the ground of revolutionary social change today.

Video of the lecture held March, 26th 2014 at at the CEU - Central European University, Budapest

They Can’t Represent Us! – New Global Movements and Democracy

They Can’t Represent Us! – New Global Movements and Democracy: Lecture held March, the 26th 2014 at the CEU - Central European University, Budapest

Democracy Is A Process, Azzellini And Sitrin Say

”We’re in a new historic epoch. The world is in movement, societies are in movement,” said Dario Azzellini and Marina Sitrin in their lecture on new global movements and democracy on March 26.

The activist couple have participated in a number of movements and demonstrations all around the world. Sitrin and Azzellini talked about what they found was common in the “second wave of the anti-representational protests” after 2011.

Interview with Dario Azzellini and Marina Sitrin by Anna Belladelli

In September 2011, activists occupied Zuccotti Park in Manhattan, initiating a new wave of struggle against capitalism and unprecedented recession. The impact of the Occupy movement has been noticeable also outside the USA, affecting forms of protests, actions, and language.

Chávez e il Potere Costituente

“No, il potere costituente non può essere ostacolato, non può essere ostacolato dal potere costituito [...] Alcuni autori parlano della terribile natura del potere costituente. Penso che sia terribile il potere costituente, terribile, complesso, rivoluzionario ma ne abbiamo bisogno. Non ci si dovrebbe sottomettere al potere costituente [...] il potere costituente è e deve essere- compatrioti- una potenza permanente, una potenza di elaborazione, un’iniezione rivoluzionaria, per ripristinare, molto occasionalmente, il nostro processo bolivariano”.

Tratto da El negocio de la guerra. Nuevos mercenarios y terrorismo de Estado. Caracas: Monte Àvila Editores, 2009.

Venezuela: paramilitarismo e ‘contra’ in costruzione

Il processo bolivariano in Venezuela è nel mirino degli Stati Uniti, non solo per la grande ricchezza di risorse del paese (principalmente petrolio, ma anche gas, acqua, alluminio, ferro, oro, biodiversità e altro ancora) ma anche per il ruolo centrale che svolge nell’integrazione continentale che si sta sviluppando e la possibilità di cambiamenti fondamentali che la politica estera venezuelana apre anche per altri paesi. Non c’è dubbio che gli Stati Uniti siano disposti a far crollare il processo bolivariano con qualsiasi mezzo.

Die „bolivarianische“ Metropole zwischen Selbstorganisation und Steuerung. metroZones 12

Caracas, sozialisierende Stadt

Caracas, sozialisierende Stadt

Seit Ende der 1990er Jahre unterliegt  Venezuelas Hauptstadt Caracas einem fundamentalen Transformationsprozess. Im Zuge der „bolivarianischen Revolution“ versuchen lokale und staatliche Organe gemeinsam mit der Bevölkerung eine neue urbane Politik umzusetzen. Einst marginalisierte Bewohner_innen organisieren sich in Stadtteilräten, Nachbarschaftsversammlungen oder Medienkollektiven und entwickeln sich so zum Akteur politischer, sozialer wie auch kultureller Veränderung.

Gewaltsame Destabilisierung und Paramilitarismus hängen in Venezuela eng zusammen

Der Krieg gegen das Soziale

In deutschen und internationalen Medien ist immer noch von "Protesten" in Venezuela und "Toten bei Protesten" zu lesen – doch mit dem, was gemeinhin als "Protest" verstanden wird, haben die Aktionen kleiner, bewaffneter, agiler Gruppen seit spätestens Anfang März nichts mehr gemein. Nachdem die gewalttätige Mobilisierung der Opposition, die Anfang Februar begann und von einer beispiellosen internationalen Medienkampagne begleitet wurde, ihr Ziel des Sturzes der Regierung in Venezuela nicht erreichen konnte, sind die Aktionen zunehmend in Terrorismus übergegangen.

Entrevista de Eva Golinger

Dario Azzellini sobre el Comando Sur de EEUU

Dario Azzellini sobre el Comando Sur de EEUU. Tomado del programa "Detrás de la noticia", de Eva Golinger, en Russia Today, 21 de Marzo de 2014.

 

The grassroots of Venezuela

The mainstream media view has it that left-leaning populists are keeping democracy in a stranglehold. Seen from the grassroots in Venezuela, that view is very different. We interview Dario Azzellini, an assistant professor, activist who spends a lot of time in Venezuela, and a filmmaker.

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