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Book launch event: “If Not Us, Who?: Workers worldwide against authoritarianism, fascism and dictatorship”

Launch event – Save the date: 

The aim of the launch event is to present the volume and dive deeper into some of the contributions by the authors, but also to take stock of global developments in the aftermath of the book’s release. Speakers will present their chapters, discuss the further evolution of their work, and participate in a Q&A session with the audience.


I. International Congress Communal Democracy: "Community, popular power and self-government: practices to transform democracy"

I. International Congress Communal Democracy: "Community, popular power and self-government: practices to transform democracy"

Organized by: Peace with Dignity – Bakea Duintasunarekin / Parte Hartuz of the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)

In autumn 2021 (October 13-16), the First International Congress on Communal Democracy will be held in the town of Hernani (Basque Country). The aim of the Congress is to address concrete collective ideas and practices that question and seek to transform current models of democracy.

Dario Azzellini

Workers’ Control and Self-Management

Workers’ Control and Self-Management

43. Workers’ Control and Self-Management 

Dario Azzellini

Class Struggle from Above and from Below during the COVID-19 pandemic

Crises under capitalism, as historical analysis proves, tend to entail a transfer of wealth from the poor to the wealthy. Inequalities between poor and wealthy, between people of color and white people, between North and South and between genders are increasing. Most scholars will agree that this is also happening on a global level as a consequence of the handling of the covid-19 pandemic. However, there is a lot of disagreement regarding the evaluation of workers’ resistance.



Pierre Bismuth, Claus Föttinger, Julia Lazarus, Erik van Lieshout, Marina Naprushkina, Oliver Ressler, Anja Schrey, Jonas Staal, Joulia Strauss

Assembly RST

Peter Friedl, Dieter Froelich, Bhima Griem, Nadira Husain, Daniel Johnston, Shila Khatami, Anna Meyer, Peter Niemann, Dan Perjovschi, Elizabeth Peyton, Markus Schinwald, Stefanie von Schroeter, Markus Uhr, Silke Wagner, Johannes Wohnseifer, Christine Würmell

Artists from The Hope Project, Moria

According to political scientist and writer Dr. Dario Azzellini, Turkey isolates Abdullah Öcalan to show that it is futile to oppose the power

Dr. Azzellini: "Isolation on Imrali is aimed at silencing the society"

Being of Italian origin, born and raised in Germany, Dr. Dario Azzellini published numerous books and scientific articles on self-government, social movements and the working class.

Dario Azzellini

Venezuela: Revolutionary Bolivarianism Against the Colonial Nation-State

Venezuela: Revolutionary Bolivarianism Against the Colonial Nation-State

Azzellini, Dario. “Venezuela: Revolutionary Bolivarianism Against the Colonial Nation-State.” Cörüt, Ilker; Jongerden, Joost (Eds.). Beyond Nationalism and the Nation-State. Radical Approaches to Nation. London/New York: Routledge (May 2021). 1st Edition

Dario Azzellini

Communes in Venezuela in times of crisis

Communes in Venezuela in times of crisis

This book explores the battleground between neoliberal capitalist development processes in Latin America and the challenges to these systems that can be found through innovative community-driven buen vivir/vivir bien initiatives.

Global workers against authoritarianism, fascism, and dictatorships

If Not Us, Who?

If Not Us, Who?

Encouraging insights in the face of global turmoil: case studies from five continents illustrate the central role of organized workers in struggles against authoritarianism, fascism, and dictatorships.


Online Diskussion: Socialism in the 21st Century

The Center for Global Justice 

Online Diskussion: "Socialism in the 21st Century" / with Dario Azzellini, Michael Lebowitz & Camila Pineiro Harnecker

Monday, August 24, 2020 / 1 pm Central Time Zone (CTZ) / 2 pm Eastern Time Zone (ETZ) / 20:00 Central European Time (CET)

Vídeo - Webinar

Commons as Political Project: Commons and Just Transition in Our Times

Webinar / 30.06.20 

Commons as Political Project: Commons and Just Transition in Our Times

The transform! europe Commons Working Group at the World Social Forum of Transformative Economies (Transformadora).


Webinar: Commons vs. "Normality". Global Capitalism, Commodity Chains and Migration after Covid-19

Commons vs. "Normality". Global Capitalism, Commodity Chains and Migration after Covid-19

8 June 2020 / 15:00 (CET) / Via Zoom 


Dario Azzellini, visiting scholar Latin American Studies Program, Cornell University, Ithaca (US), academic and activist. He has published more than 20 books, numerous other writings and 11 documentary films in the areas of critical labour studies and global social change with a special focus on Latin America and Europe.

Interview hit Dario Azzellini

Capitalism’s System Error as “Disaster” and Opportunity for Labor Struggles

Workers’ struggles play a special role during the ‘corona crisis.’ They bring to light that overcoming this crisis will depend on how the systemic errors of capitalism are countered. In this SILENT WORKS Magdalena Taube and Krystian Woznicki ask scholar-activist Dario Azzellini: Will these errors just be corrected or will they provoke fundamental changes?

How has the COVID-19 pandemic exposed inherent flaws in the capitalist system?

One Question: COVID-19 and Capitalism

One Question is a regular series in which we ask leading thinkers to give a brief answer to a single question. This time, in the midst of economic and healthcare crises triggered by coronavirus, we ask:

How has the COVID-19 pandemic exposed inherent flaws in the capitalist system?

By Cihan Aksan And Jon Bailes

Dario Azzellini: The COVID-19 pandemic has not only exposed inherent flaws in the capitalist system, it is clearly showing that the question is capitalism or life.


Global and Transnational Sociology Summer School: New Global Social Movements (Dario Azzellini)

Global and Transnational Sociology Summer School, University Duesburg Essen, Germany

New Global Social Movements: Dario Azzellini (Cornell University)

Online Class: 15.06.-25.06.2020; Mondays - Thursdays, 3 - 7 pm Central European Time

Interview with Dario Azzellini

Welcome to the radio magazine that brings you news, commentary and analysis from a Black Left perspective. I’m Glen Ford, along with my co-host Nellie Bailey. Coming up: Much of what you read in the corporate media is pure propanganda, a fictionalized account of the world. Margaret Kimberley and other reporters unmasked these lies before a packed crowd in New York City; we’ll get a report on the racial dimensions of the struggle for socialism in Venezuela; and, activists say “F” the police and their brutal presence in the New York subway system. (…)


BAR Book Forum: Dario Azzellini’s “Communes and Workers' Control in Venezuela”

Millions of Venezuelans are building socialism from below, and most of them are Black, brown and female.

“The mainstream media, and even many people considering themselves leftists, cannot understand why the Maduro government is still in power.”

In this series, we ask acclaimed authors to answer five questions about their book. This week’s featured author is Dario Azzellini . Azzellini is a visiting fellow at the Latin American Studies Program, Cornell University. His book is Communes and Workers' Control in Venezuela: Building 21st Century Socialism from Below.

"We, your friends abroad will do whatever it takes to support you with all means and through every diplomatic channel available to us."

Academics for Rojava: "It's about humanity, never give up!”

While the Turkish war of aggression against Rojava and North-East Syria continues, there are protests against it worldwide. Intellectuals and academics speak out and condemn this war and show solidarity with Rojava and Northeast Syria.

In the following, we publish statements of Prof. Noam Chomsky, Prof. Federica Giardini, Dr. Dario Azzellini, Dr. Joost Jongerden, Prof. Kariane Westrheim and Prof. Ueli Mäder who expressed their solidarity.

Prof. Noam Chomsky, linguist, philosopher and historian, USA:

“Hard to convey how wrenching all of this is.


“Worker Controlled Companies in Latin America”

LASP Weekly Seminar Series // by Dario Azzellini

Digitalization and marketization in live music

Limits of the platform economy

Online platforms have disrupted parts of the capitalist economy, with allegedly severe consequences in the world of work. This study examines live music in Germany and the UK, where online platforms do not dominate, despite considerable digitalization of market intermediaries. The analysis shows that, as the degree of digitalization increases, matching services tend to work less as a workers representative which is traditionally the case for live music agents and more as a force of marketization that disciplines workers by orchestrating price-based competition.


The new Radical Urbanisms – a research exchange

The new Radical Urbanisms – a research exchange

Keynotes from:

_ Dario Azzellini, Sociology, Cornell University, USA
_ Brendan Murtagh, Planning, Queens University Belfast, UK
_ Colin Haslam, Management School, Queen Mary University of London, UK

Organised by Peter North and the Power, Space and Cultural Change Research Cluster, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Liverpool.


From Economic Science Fictions to Labour as Commons - Conference

From Economic Science Fictions to Labour as Commons 

Alternative Organisations & Transformative Practices (AOTP) Research Cluster Conference

This conference seeks to bring the two parallel literatures of ‘economic science fictions’ and ‘labour as commons’ into dialogue by inviting contributors to submit papers that investigate and analyse how society can move away from this dystopian economic science fiction via the practice of the labour commons.


(NB these are working panel titles now, subject to change)