The Biggest ‘October Surprise’ Of All: A World Capitalist Crash Loren Goldner “There will be periods of 30 years which will pass with the seeming importance of a single day, and single days with the importance of 30 years.” (old Marxist maxim) (Note: To avoid reinventing the wheel, and under the pressure of recent epochal events, I have used fragments of other texts I have written in the past few years, making up no more than 15-20% of the following article. I ask the reader’s forbearance for any annoyance.) Given the fascination of the events of the past 14 months of “credit crunch”, many people (myself included) have sometimes tended to neglect the “deeper” sources of this crisis in production and reproduction. Analysis of a credit crisis has now become almost banal in the mainstream media. But as Marxists we know that there is rarely, if ever, a “pure” credit crisis without a deeper dimension in the material reproduction process (1). We recall Hegel’s three stages of the introduction of a new idea: 1) total silence and indifference 2) great hostility and denunciation 3) “that’s what we’ve always believed” It’s amazing to see how the media have gone in a year and a half from 1) to 3), barely stopping at 2), a marginal pastime over the last 30 years when dealing with “skeptics”. Suddenly the word “capitalism” has reappeared in popular discussion after decades of euphemisms such as “free-market economies” and Barack Obama’s support for massive government bailouts of Wall Street is attacked as “socialist” when in fact it is nothing but the old capitalist refrain of “privatization of profit, socialization of costs”.
Terrorizing Dissent, New Documentary on RNC Repression Release The Glass Bead Collective, Twin Cities Indymedia, and other independent media activists will release a new film, Terrorizing Dissent: Election Cut, an expose of events at the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. Featuring first-person accounts and footage from more than forty cameras on the streets, "Terrorizing Dissent" focuses on the story of dissent suppressed. People charged with "conspiracy to riot in furtherance of terrorism" speak out against the government's campaign to manipulate media coverage and label civil disobedience and community organizing as terrorism. Cut from hundreds of hours of donated footage, "Terrorizing Dissent: Election Cut" will be released for free on the Internet in HD, FLV and Quicktime formats, under the Creative Commons / CopyLeft license, and its producers encourage everyone to share this important film.
From the Occupied Faculty of La Sapienza, Rome National Call, Rome, 22.10.2008 To the faculties in mobilization, to the undergraduate and Ph.D. students, and to all the precarious researchers “We won’t pay for your crisis”, this is the slogan with which a few weeks ago we started our protest at the university of La Sapienza, Rome. A simple, yet at the same time immediate, slogan: the global crisis is the crisis of capitalism itself, of the financial and real estate speculation, of a system without rules or rights, of unscrupulous companies and managers. The burden of this crisis can’t fall on the educational system - from the school to the university - on the health system or generally on taxpayers. Our slogan has become famous, spreading by word of mouth, from town to town. From the students to the precarious workers, from the working to the research worlds, nobody wants to pay for the crisis, nobody wants to nationalize the losses, whereas for years the wealth has been distributed among few, very few people. And it is exactly the contagion that has been produced in these weeks, the multiplication of the mobilizations in the schools, in the universities, and in the cities that should have stirred up a lot of fear. It is well known that a fearful dog bites; similarly, the reaction of President Berlusconi was immediate: “police against who occupy universities and schools”, “we will get rid of violence in our Country”. Only yesterday Berlusconi declared that he was willing to increase the financial support to the banks and that the State and the public expense would stand surety for the companies’ loans: in a few words, cutbacks to education, less founds for the students, cutbacks to the health system, but public money for the companies, for the banks and the private sector. We are wondering where is violence: is it a violence to occupy universities and schools or instead that of a government who imposes the Law 133 to cutback the founds for the education system refusing the parliamentary debate? Is it the dissent violent or is it violent who intends to put it down by the police? Who is violent: who mobilizes for the public status of university and schools or who wants to sell them for a few private profits? Violence is on Berlusconi government’s side, while in the occupied schools and universities there is the great joy and indignation of who fights for his own future, or who doesn’t accept to be put in the corner or forced to be silent. We don’t want stay in silence in the corner, of who wants to be free.
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Bristol Radical History Week 2008 Off With Their Heads! Assassins, Plots & Regicide Saturday 25th October To Tuesday 4th November 2008 January 2009 sees the 360th anniversary of the regicide of Charles I and the creation of the English Republic, a unique moment in our island's history. To commemorate this momentous event, Bristol Radical History Week 2008 features 10 days of lectures, debates, gigs and 'happenings' dedicated to the men and women who have attempted to instigate political change, through fair means or foul. Join us, as we explore the past to discover the present.
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Signs of Change Dutch Provo Event! Friday, October 24, 2008, 6-8pm at ">Exit Art, 475 10th Ave, NY, NY, PREMIERE SCREENING of Dutch Provo Footage Premiere screening of newly subtitled short films and footage of the 1960s Dutch Provo movement, and book release of Richard Kempton’s Provo: Amsterdam’s Anarchist Revolt (in collaboration with Autonomedia). Speakers include: Jordan Zinovich, Lindsay Caplan, and Janna Schoenberger
La Sapienza University of Rome Occupied in Protest Against Privatization "University is not going to pay your crisis!!" This morning in La Sapienza University of Rome has taken place a general assembly , participated in by over 10.000 students, asking the Director Luigi Frati to suspend lessons and the academic year as a protest against law 133, that will cause definitive privatization of italian university, massive job cuts and huge cuts of public foundings for research and education.
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BENEFIT AUCTION FOR ABC NO RIO FUNDRAISING PUSH FOR NO RIO'S BUILDING FUND WILL BE HELD AT THE ANGEL ORENSANZ FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 22, 2008 / 7-10PM Who: For almost 30 years, ABC No Rio has been a vibrant part of New York City's radical cultural scene. It is an open venue for emerging artists, internationally known for its commitment to a socially engaged culture. No Rio has meant many things to many people, but its mission remains constant: a commitment to political and social engagement, to an expanded vision of possibility for the lives of our neighborhoods, cities, and societies, to a place where people share resources and ideas to impact society, culture, and community. This benefit will allow this tradition to continue and flourish. What: The gala will include a benefit auction of 60 works by Jacob Hashimoto, Lady Pink, Shirin Neshat, Claes Oldenburg, Tom Otterness, Kembra Pfahler, Andres Serrano, Kiki Smith, Chris Stain, Swoon and many others.  (Visit for a comprehensive list of artists and committee members). The Lower East Side's patron saint of the uncool, Reverend Jen, will host the gala as Master of Ceremonies.  The event will feature burlesque performances by Aurora Boob Realis, Boobie von Trapp, and Jezebel Express. The Hungry March Band will punctuate the evening with brass and drum beats. For more information please visit ABC No Rio website:
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Nigeria: Recent Struggles Against Enclosure Sunday, October 19th Bluestockings Books 172 Allen Street, 7pm Silvia Federici and George Caffentzis will discuss the long struggle people in the Niger Delta have made against the international oil companiesʼ destruction of their land, their environment, and their livelihood, placing these developments in the context of the ʽpeak oilʼ debate and the fate of the communal lands in Africa. Organized by Team Colors Collective.
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This year's Renewing the Anarchist Tradition (RAT) conference--to be held November 7-9, in Montpelier, Vermont--is almost full. If you'd like to register, please get in touch ASAP, as there are only a few spots left and it's on a first-come, first-serve basis. Below you'll find the registration information. RAT REGISTRATION
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