When the big multinational Unilever shut down a tea processing plant in the south of France, the workers reacted immediately by occupying their factory.

Workers’ control at Fralib: the brand with the Elephant

In France there are two cases of recuperated factories occupied by workers during the current crisis. One is the Pilpa Ice Cream Factory, which just started producing organic ice cream and yoghurt as a worker-owned and administered company after a long-lasting struggle. The other is the Fralib Tea Factory. Both were closed by their huge multinational owners to relocate production.

Reinventing Democracy from Greece to Occupy

They Can't Represent Us!

They Can't Represent Us!

Out Now!

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

“The movements documented in this volume succeeded in shutting cities down through tremendous shows of force. And when you shut down a city, you can actually stop capital accumulation … Until we start building a truly democratic society, we will continue to see our good ideas co-opted by capital.”

– from the foreword by David Harvey

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.

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Lo Stato delle Comuni: consigli comunali, comuni e democrazia operaia

Il carattere peculiare di quello che Hugo Chávez chiamava il processo Bolivariano sta nell’aver capito che la trasformazione sociale può essere costruita nei due sensi, “dall’alto” e “dal basso”.

Economía solidaria en Venezuela. Del apoyo al cooperativismo tradicional a la construcción de ciclos comunales.

Reprint: “Economía solidaria en Venezuela: Del apoyo al cooperativismo tradicional a la construcción de ciclos comunales.” A Economia Solidária na América Latina: realidades nacionais e políticas públicas. Sidney Lianza and Flávio Chedid Henriques (Editors). Rio de Janeiro: Pró Reitoria de Extensão UFRJ. 147-160.


Imagine a world without bosses

Imagine a world without bosses. This week we discuss examples of workers who run their own workplaces through workers control. Interviews with Alexis Adarfio, from the Workers’ University in Ciudad Guyana, Venezuela; Immanuel Ness, City University of New York, Brooklyn College; and Dario Azzelini, Johannes Kepler University in Austria.

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Direct Democracy Under Construction: A Conversation with Dario Azzellini

In this episode of Forms of Life, host Nato Thompson speaks with documentary filmmaker, writer and political scientist Dario Azzellini about community organizing and social movements.

The Communal State: Communal Councils, Communes, and Workplace Democracy.

The particular character of what Hugo Chávez called the Bolivarian process lies in the understanding that social transformation can be constructed from two directions, “from above” and “from below.” Bolivarianism—or Chavismo—includes among its participants both traditional organizations and new autonomous groups; it encompasses both state-centric and anti-systemic currents.

An Interview with Dario Azzellini

Workers Control and/or Worker Cooperatives?

GEO: Dario, your co-edited book, Ours to Master and To Own, Workers Control from the Commune to the Present, presents a rich variety of worker control initiatives. These have taken place not only in Europe, but in Algeria, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, India, Indonesia, the USA, Venezuela, Yugoslavia, and other countries. Can you clarify for us what these examples have in common, and what you see as their importance?

The Center for Place, Culture and Politics at the CUNY Graduate Center Presents:

Ours to Master and to Own: Workers' Control from the Commune to the Present, a conversation with Immanuel Ness and Dario Azzellini

Capitalism would have us believe we need our bosses. Tonight's discussion reveals the history of workers who dare to disagree. From the dawning of the industrial epoch, wage earners have organized themselves into unions, fought bitter strikes, and gone so far as to challenge the very premises of the system by creating institutions of democratic self-management aimed at controlling production without bosses.

Movimientos y construcción alternativa en Venezuela

Movimientos y construcción alternativa en Venezuela

Dario Azzellini

Movimientos y construcción alternativa en Venezuela

En: Rodrigues, Fabiana C.; Novaes, Henrique T.; Batista, Eraldo L. (orgs.). Movimentos Sociais, Trabalho Associado e Educação para além do capital

Sao Paolo: Outras Expressões. ISBN: 978-85-6442-122-6 - pp. 375-410


Movimentos Sociais, Trabalho Associado e Educação para além do capital
Fabiana C. Rodrigues, Henrique T. Novaes, Eraldo L. Batista, (orgs.)