Laura Flanders Show

They Can’t Represent Us!

Occupy, Resist, Produce - RiMaflow

Occupy, Resist, Produce - RiMaflow

A Film by Dario Azzellini and Oliver Ressler

RiMaflow, Milan, Italy

Reinventing Democracy from Greece to Occupy

They Can't Represent Us!

They Can't Represent Us!

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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Self-Organization and Self-Education in Venezuela

Self-Organization and Self-Education in Venezuela

We have organized a Congress here. Why? What reason can there be for artists, the freest, most independent people in society; people who live like "the lily of the field", to come together, organize themselves, and undertake theoretical discussions?> -Asger Jorn (1956)

The Communal System as Venezuela’s Transition to Socialism

Communism in the 21st Century

"The purpose of this chapter is to explore practices in the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela linked to the idea of a transition to socialism through the construction of communal production and consumption cycles controlled by workers and communities. The envisioned transition combines local self-administrat on and workers’ control of the means of production. The present work concentrates mainly on the experiences of local self-administration.

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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Venezuela mit und nach Chávez: Selbstorganisation und kommunale Räte

Alphabetisierung, Zugang zu medizinischer Versorgung, Bildungs- und
Stipendienprogramme - an diese Errungenschaften wird gerne in Nachrufen auf Hugo Chávez erinnert. Der Publizist Dario Azzellini dagegen setzt in seinem Text "Venezuela mit und nach Chávez" den Fokus auf den Prozess sozialer Transformation und die Entwicklung lokaler Selbstorganisation.

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Venezuela With and Beyond Chavez

“Chávez was one of us”, say the poor from the barrios in Caracas, the people throughout Latin America, and Bronx residents together with probably two million poor people in the US, who now have free heating thanks to the Chávez government. Sean Penn said on Chávez: “Today the people of the United States lost a friend it never knew it had. And poor people around the world lost a champion.” These are sad days.

Vom kollektiven zum gesellschaftlichen Eigentum: Genossenschaften in Venezuela

Wir lernen alle von allen

Kaum betrete ich das Gemeinschaftszentrum »Sala de Batalla Alicia Benitez« in Petare, einem Armenstadtteil in Groß-Caracas, kommt mir Lorenzo Martini strahlend entgegen: »Unsere Kommunen-Genossenschaften, die wir das letzte Mal, als du hier warst, geplant haben, arbeiten schon!«

Venezuela. Il controllo operaio

Nei primi anni della presidenza Chávez, quella del controllo operaio era un’idea
sostenuta solo da un piccolo gruppi di lavoratori e dallo stesso Presidente, che di quando in quando si dichiarava a suo favore. Le nazionalizzazioni nel settore industriale sono iniziate solo nel 2005, e in un primo momento sono state una risposta alle occupazioni di fabbriche e alle manifestazioni dei lavoratori e delle lavoratrici.