Artículos Académicos

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.

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.

Emek Gücünü Müşterekler Olarak Organize Etmek

Why haven’t platforms taken over live music?

The limits of the “platform economy”

It is often assumed that the “platform economy” is in the ascendancy, and is taking over more and more economic sectors. Because of this, much research on the matter has focused on characterising and evaluating this change: what are the relative advantages and disadvantages of this kind of work compared to more “traditional” jobs? Should we be optimistic or pessimistic about it? Hence, most current research has looked at the experience of workers in industries which are already highly “platformised” (such as ride sharing, food delivery, or clickwork).

Entrevista a Darío Azzellini

“La guerra ha llegado a ser la forma de hacer economía y no la interrupción de la economía”

Quisiera comenzar la entrevista con algunas referencias relativas a su formación y a su trayectoria intelectual.

Book Review

Living on the Margins: Undocumented Migrants in a Global City by Alice Bloch and Sonia McKay

"The book offers interesting insight into the everyday life of undocumented migrants without portraying them as helpless victims. Ample quotations from the interviews underline their agency and the complex and contradictory conditions they experience in the ethnic enclaves they are forced to rely on. Bloch and McKay shed light on the circumstances, motivations, and conditions of ethnic enclave employers, who, in most of the literature on undocumented migration, are not a subject of research.

A Preview of the Future

Workers’ Control in the Context of a Global Systemic Crisis

One of the ‘concrete utopias’, as Ernst Bloch called them, realistic possible concepts for a better world, that can already be found in the here and now, are ‘recuperated companies’. Focusing on the examples of the worker-controlled factories RiMaflow in the industrial periphery of Milan and Officine Zero in Rome this text allows a glimpse of how society could be organised differently.

El movimiento comunero en Venezuela

Construyendo utopías concretas

En el transcurso de la historia las utopías han jugado un papel importante en la construcción de alternativas sociales. En este artículo se analiza al mecanismo de autogobierno local venezolano de las comunas como prefiguración utópica o como “utopía concreta”. Se discuten diferentes conceptos marxistas y emancipadores de utopía conectándolos con el pensamiento latinoamericano, para demostrar cómo la prefiguración utópica es de considerar necesaria en los procesos de lucha revolucionaria.

La participación en Venezuela: conquista orgánica de la clase y punto de choque entre administración y poder popular

A la llegada a la Presidencia de Hugo Chávez en Venezuela, a comienzos de 1999, se puso en marcha un proceso de transformación social profundo en ese país. Una de las características centrales del proceso está en que la transformación social y la resignificación del estado son planteados como una construcción a dos bandas (Zibechi 2006, 206): Desde el estado y organizaciones de izquierda de tipo tradicional y desde movimientos populares y la sociedad organizada.

La Venezuela del pueblo. Control obrero, cooperativas y comunas.

Los análisis sobre Venezuela se suelen concentrar en las políticas de gobierno y –hasta el 2013 – en la igura de Chávez. Hasta la mayoría de los autores que apoyan el proceso bolivariano han prestado poca atención a la construcción popular desde abajo. En este artículo se analizan la dinámica del movimiento para el control obrero, las cooperativas y su conexión con las Comunas como forma avanzada de autogobierno local.