Constituent and Constituted Power: Reading Social Transformation in Latin America

Popular Sovereignty and Constituent Power in Latin America.

Democracy from Below.

Globale urbane Proteste, Betriebsbesetzungen zur Produktion unter Arbeiterkontrolle und lokale Selbstverwaltung

„This is a process not a protest“

Die Verbindungen und Gemeinsamkeiten zwischen den verschiedenen Protestbewegungen
seit Beginn der aktuellen Krise 2008 von Tunesien und Island
über die weltweiten Platzbesetzungen bis zu den aktuellen französischen
Protesten wurden von zahlreichen Autor_innen herausgestellt (Arenas 2014,
Castañeda 2012, Castells 2012, Cossar-Gilbert 2016, Mason 2013, Roos/
Oikonomakis 2014, Sitrin/Azzellini 2014). Die Bewegungen entstehen in
einer Krise der Repräsentation und teilen die Kritik – ob in autoritären
Regimen oder repräsentativen Demokratien – an der Repräsentation. Sie

Building 21st Century Socialism from Below

Communes and Workers' Control in Venezuela "OUT NOW"

Communes and Workers' Control in Venezuela "OUT NOW"

In Communes and Workers' Control in Venezuela: Building 21st Century Socialism from Below, Dario Azzellini offers an account of the Bolivarian Revolution from below. While authors on Venezuela commonly concentrate on former president Hugo Chávez and government politics, this book shows how workers, peasants and the poor in urban communities engage in building 21st century socialism through popular movements, communal councils, communes and fighting for workers' control.

Labour as a Commons: The Example of Worker-Recuperated Companies

This article argues that labour can be understood as a commons, located in the discussion of how commons can advance the transformation of social relations and society. To manage labour as a commons entails a shift away from the perception of labour power as the object of capital’s value practices, towards a notion of labour power as a collectively and sustainably managed resource for the benefit of society.

Class Struggle in the Bolivarian Process Workers’ Control and Workers’ Councils

Workers’ initiatives and government measures in Venezuela to increase workers’ participation in the management of their companies sharply contrast with institutional actions that intend to inhibit and reduce such participation. Despite this, the movement for workers’ control in Venezuela has grown in recent years and achieved some important victories in conflicts in state companies.

Fabbriche recuperate e nuova istituzionalità mutualistica

Azzellini, Dario; Castronovo, Alioscia: “Le imprese recuperate in Europa”. In: De Nicola, Alberto; Quattrocchi, Biagio (ed.) (2016): Sindacalismo sociale. Lotte e invenzioni istituzionali nella crisi europea. Roma: DeriveApprodi

Economic Update with Richard Wolff, democracy at work

Economic Update: Trump Explained

Economic Update is a weekly program hosted by Richard D. Wolff and is played on over 60 stations nationwide. Wolff takes complex economic issues and empowers listeners with information to analyze their own financial situation as well as the economy at large. By focusing on the economic dimensions of everyday life - wages, jobs, taxes, debts, and profits - the program explores alternative ways to organize markets and government policies.

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Chavista rank&file storm National Assembly.

What's up in Venezuela: Parlamentary coup?

 Very complex and complicated situation in Venezuela. We hear the recall referendum is called off? The National Assembly and its opposition majority want to impeach Maduro? On monday Chavista rank and file stormed the National Assembly in order to prevent the right wing majority to impeach President Maduro.

Jak pracownicy przejmują kontrolę w dobie kryzysu kapitalizmu

W lutym 2016 roku kilkunastu byłych pracowników zakładu obróbki drewna w niewielkiej greckiej miejscowości Patrida, około 60 kilometrów od Salonik, powiedziało „Dość!”. Od 2008 roku byli oszukiwani przez właścicieli. Obiecując rychłą wypłatę, szefowie nie wypłacali pracownikom pełnej pensji, zredukowali godziny pracy i ogłosili upadłość firmy – nie informując o tym oficjalnie. Sytuacja nie poprawiła się, a pracownicy nigdy nie ujrzeli swoich pieniędzy. W grudniu 2015 roku zakład został zamknięty.

Recent years have seen a proliferation of recuperated workplaces around the globe, laying the foundations for a truly democratic workers’ economy.

Workers’ Control in the Crisis of Capitalism

 In February 2016, a dozen former workers of a small woodworks plant in the small Greek town of Patrida, some 60 kilometers from Thessaloniki, had had enough. Since 2008 they had been tricked by the owners. With a promise to pay back everything soon, the bosses did not pay the workers their full salary anymore, reduced working hours and announced bankruptcy without making it official. But the situation never improved and the workers never saw their money. Finally, in December 2015, the plant closed.