What We Are Fighting For: A Radical Collective Manifesto
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The age of austerity has brought a new generation of protesters on to the streets across the world. As the economic crisis meets the environmental crisis, millions fear what the future will bring but also dare to dream of a different society.
What We Are Fighting For tries to answer the question that the mainstream media loves to ask the protesters. The first radical, collective manifesto of the new decade, it brings together some of the key theorists and activists from the new networked and creative social movements. Contributors include Owen Jones, David Graeber, John Holloway, Nina Power, Mark Fisher, Franco Berardi Bifo and Marina Sitrin.
Chapters outline the alternative vision that animates the new global movement – from 'new economics' and 'new governance' to ‘new public’ and 'new social imagination'. The book concludes by exploring 'new tactics of struggle’.
What We Are Fighting For Campagna T02655 00 pre 1 01/08/2012 15:02 Campagna T02655 00 pre 2 01/08/2012 15:02 What We Are Fighting For A Radical Collective Manifesto Edited by Federico Campagna and Emanuele Campiglio Campagna T02655 00 pre 3 01/08/2012 15:02 First published 2012 by Pluto Press 345 Archway Road, London N6 5AA www.plutobooks.com Distributed in the United States of America exclusively by Palgrave Macmillan, a division of St. Martin’s Press LLC, 175 Fifth Avenue, New
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people.20 It should go without saying that the metaphorical distance which separates a leading ‘vanguard’ from a rear-bound ‘general staff’ is measured by the entire width of the people itself.21 What is at stake is whether or not people can assemble and impose themselves – be it over the course of a struggle to change the conditions of work, or to win civil rights, or to overcome autocracy... – in such a way as to concentrate their power as the power of ‘the’ people as such. As even the most
Surrey. Some contemporary critical realists, such as Andrew Sayer,1 have also talked of a return to a simpler division of labour in their account of moral economies, as do some deep ecology accounts of an ecologically sensitive localised future (Naess; Devall and Sessions).2 Marx and Engels, inspired by the French communist Saint-Simon and indirectly by anarchist challengers such as Proudhon and Bakunin, grounded their utopianism in the concrete realities of class-based societies. Their
hundreds of assemblies currently occurring up and down the Andes fighting against international mining companies, to the thousands of Bachilleratos, alternative high school diploma programmes organised by former assembly participants and housed in recuperated workplaces. Horizontalidad is a living word, reflecting an ever-changing experience. Months after the popular rebellion, many movement participants began to speak of their relationships as horizontal, in order to describe the new forms of