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From comanagement to factory councils

Dario Azzellini: From comanagement to factory councils: reorganizing property and administration of means of production in Venezuela
Immanuel Ness: New Factory Occupations and Worker Control in North America
Marie Trigona: Occupy Everything!: Factory occupations and worker self-management in Latin America strategies for social emancipation


International Labour Process Conference

Stream 6: Alternative Work Organisations, 
organized by
Maurizio Atzeni, Loughborough University, UK,

Dario Azzellini, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Germany,

Immanuel Ness


Popular Power and the Socialist Model: A Look at Venezuela's Path to Socialism

With Camila Piñeiro Harnecker and Dario Azzellini


Comuna under Construction


Left Forum 2010: The Center Cannot Hold: Rekindling the Radical Immagination

Saturday, 20 March, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, W613

Alternative Labor Organizations: Worker Councils and Rank-and-File Control
Working USA: The Journal of Labor and Society
Immanuel Ness (Chair) - Brooklyn College/City University of New York 

Dario Azzellini - Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla
Maurizio Atzeni - Loughborough University, UK
Peter Ranis - City University of New York (Emeritus)
Alan Tuckman - University of Nottingham

Victor Wallis - Socialism and Democracy Berklee College of Music


Comuna Under Construction

Screening „Comuna – Under Construction“, documentary film on Venezuela


An Exhibition of Proposals for a Socialist Colony


Comuna Under Construction

Comuna Under Construction

“We have to decide for ourselves what we want. We are the ones who know about our needs and what is happening in our community”, Omayra Peréz explains confidently. She wants to convince her community, located on the hillside of the poor districts of Caracas, to found a Consejo Comunal (community council). In more than 30.000 Consejos Comunales the Venezuelan inhabitants decide on their concerns collectively via assemblies. Omayra is supported by the activists of the nearby shantytown “Emiliano Hernández”, which has had a Consejo Comunal for three years already.

Interview with Dario Azzellini

„Wars are not something accidental, no rare they due too bad characters“

What is it about Venezuela that is so interesting?
Since 2003 I have practically lived in Venezuela. What motivates me is that I am interested in the social transformation process happening here. It’s a different type of revolution, a new left that draws from all the experiences of the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. ...

collective ownership, expropriation, and workers self-management

Venezuela’s solidarity economy

The essay appraises and analyzes different organizational efforts of the Bolivarian government in Venezuela to achieve a democratization of property and management of means of production. The different approaches adopted since 2000 (first a strengthening of cooperatives, then the creation of Social production companies [EPS] and finally the Socialist Enterprises as well as the concept of endogenous development, normative orientation of production organization, and state job training) are described and critically analyzed.

Debate with Dario Azzellini, Bernd Wulffen und Yaotzin Botello

Latin America - Back on the Agenda?

DW-TV´s international talk show with four journalists discussing the week´s top international issue. This panel of foreign correspondents and German journalists exchanges views on key political, business and cultural topics in the exclusive Quadriga studio right next to Berlin´s Brandenburg Gate. Thirty minutes of guaranteed exciting debate spotlighting their take on world events.

Colombian Paramilitaries in Venezuela: One More Destabilizing Factor

»A war of attrition such as that in Nicaragua is much more effective«

Dario Azzellini, the Italian-German political scientist, writer and documentarian, has conducted an in-depth investigation of the phenomenon of paramilitarism in Colombia. In 2003 he published the book “The Privatization of War,” some parts of which have run in “Txalaparta” in Spain and in “Question” in Venezuela.

On contemporary Caracas Arthur

Fear and the City

In an old Venezuelan folk song, caraqueno musician Johnny Quiroz eulogizes his city; “Caracas, ciudad hermosa, tu eres bella, Caracas” glows the popular chorus, proclaiming the city’s beauty. To a contemporary North American audience, however, Quiroz’ civic boosterism might come as a bit of a shock. Caracas, we are told, is a city in sharp decline. In recent years, news agencies have inundated us with stories chronicling the Venezuelan capital’s unraveling; narratives of homicide, kidnapping, and widespread violence have become central features of mainstream renderings of the city.

The privatization of military services is a worldwide business

„The Privatization of War“

A mapping project done in collaboration with Lize Mogel, is published in the Brooklyn Rail this month. it's been scaled down and edited from a much larger size, but still suitable for framing. If you don't live in Brooklyn or can't find a copy of the Rail, you can also download the map online at:

Colombia as Laboratory and Iraq as Large-Scale Application

The Privatization of War

The Privatization of War

The privatization of military services is a worldwide business worth $200 billion a year. PMCs are an enormous part of this economy, offering "products" from logistics (such as building and managing military camps and prisons) to strategic support (radar and surveillance) to open combat and special sabotage missions. PMC corporations are based globally, and recruit heavily in the global south.

5 Factories – Worker Control in Venezuela

5 Fabriken

In their second film regarding political and social change in Venezuela, after “Venezuela from Below”, Azzellini and Ressler focus on the industrial sector in “5 Factories–Worker Control in Venezuela“. The changes in Venezuela's productive sphere are demonstrated with five large companies in various regions: a textile company, aluminum works, a tomato factory, a cocoa factory and a paper factory. The workers are struggling for different forms of co- or self-management supported by credits from the government.

Radical social transformation in Venezuela under Hugo Chávez

Reversing the Process of Exclusion

When he took over the Venezuelan presidency on February 2, 1999, the former army colonel Hugo Chávez ended what had de facto been forty years of two-party rule by the social democratic Acción Democrática and the social Christian Copei.1 These two parties represented a constantly shrinking percentage of the population in the world’s fourth biggest exporter of crude oil: mostly, the upper class linked to the pension model of the state-run oil sector, and the middle class, growing poorer since the 1980s.

The voice of the rank and file of the Bolivarian Revolution

"Venezuela from below"

Dario Azzellini is the co-director of the new documentary film "Venezuela from below". Jorge Martin interviewed him for Hands Off Venezuela about the film and his views on the Bolivarian revolution.

Jorge Martin How did you get the idea for the film and what are your links with the Bolivarian revolution?

Venezuela from Below

Venezuela from Below

In Venezuela, a profound social transformation identified as the Bolivarian process has been underway since Hugo Chávez's governmental takeover in 1998. It concerns a broad process of self organization, from which has developed a progressive constitution, a labor law, new educational possibilities, and a number of further reforms for the impoverished majority of the population of what is potentially a wealthy state.

The Script of Destabilization as Applied to Venezuela

These days the audience of Venezuela’s four most important private TV-channels must have the impression that there is a popular revolt against the Chávez government going on. Globovision is in a leading position with an uninterrupted live program. The local news-source for CNN is selling the idea of street fighting throughout the whole country. Even images of two burning litterbags or simply some rocks lying around are supported with dramatic music while aggressive politicians from the opposition talk about a supposed dictatorship and make calls for disobedience.