the sharing economy movement address the root causes of the world’s converging
crises? Not unless sharing is promoted in relation to human rights, democracy
and social justice. This is the sixth article in our series on the role of
money in the transformation of society.
precariat, a class-in-the-making, is the first mass class in history that has
systematically been losing rights built up for citizens. So, why is it the new
dangerous class and how is it differentiated from other class groups in the evolving
global labour process?
a cancer, the political, interest-based, debt-money system corrupts everything
it touches. It’s time it was replaced. This is the fifth article in our series
on the role of money in the transformation of society.
I plead guilty to the indictment of avowed
optimism. We have entered an age of resistance for which we must build an analytics. New forms,
strategies and subjects of resistance and insurrection appear regularly without knowledge
of or guidance from Badiou, Zizek or Negri.
To raise the quality of life, we must lower the cost of living for one
another, and that’s what ‘buy low, sell low’ economics has to offer. This is
the fourth article in our series on the role of money in the transformation of
When the New York Public Library hosted an event with Mexican
business-philanthropist Carlos Slim, the night got a whole lot funnier when 50
people staged a laugh-in. This is the third in our series of articles about the
role of money in the transformation of society.
citizenship’ is a ‘constituent’ process that emerges, develops and is
constantly elaborated within social practices. How does the practice of the
commons effect it? This week’s guest feature reports back on an experiment
conducted last September in Teatro Valle.
Cyprus cannot be a nation-state under
Greek Cypriot majority rule, or two nation-states in a loose co-federation
under the surveillance of NATO forces. But could Cyprus be a new united
Republic founded on the ideas of labour and a common Mediterranean
civilization? If the EU said yes.
Can philanthropy be more than a smile on the
face of inequality? Two of America's leading philanthropists say "yes."
This is the second article in our series on the role of money in the
transformation of society.
is a revolt, not yet another NGO or academic report assessing BiH’s progress on
its ‘Road to Europe’ or to NATO, nor a bland press statement from the Office of
the High Representative, the supreme agency of foreign intervention in BiH.
cultural realm, we rarely talk about failing bodies, dialysis and dependency.
Stuart Hall is one of those who did. Following him, what might it take to
create new cultural resources from which to bring post-colonial debility and
its histories into the cultural imagination?
Earlier this month the South Korean export agency announced that,
following an international campaign supported by Campaign Against Arms
Trade, they would cancel a shipment of 1.6 million gas canisters to
Bahrain. This sets an important precedent which Europe should be
An ordinary citizen in Tunisia must ask if the new constitution will change anything in the near future. There are only two things that will give hope; to see projects being implemented, and to see those who manipulate the system being tried.
European identity was the negative construct of a Europe
torn apart by world war. It was a negative outcome of an attempt to forge a
European identity in the Cold War, squeezed, as Europe was, by the rivalry of
the USA and USSR. But negative cultural formation cannot carry the day.
Corruption and inequality in the Palestinian territories are a significant factor behind public scepticism and cynicism about economic plans. Palestinians are well aware of corruption in business, and their negative views are exacerbated by socioeconomic divisions.
The de-regulation of financial capital threatens to bring us back to
capitalist authoritarianism that flourished in the 1920s and 1930s. But this
time it gathers strength with no strong popular movement in the United States
or any European country to challenge it.
The political deployment
of corporate wealth has escaped not only the constraints of constitutional rules
but even the debates over those rules. Doesn’t the removal of corporate decisions
into the hands of judges and corporate lawyers challenge individual freedom as
much as a ‘nanny state’?
with high unemployment and widespread social ills, South Africa’s youth are
ambivalent towards the state, and emerging as increasingly independent of it. What does this tell us about the present climate and possible outcomes of South Africa’s
fast approaching elections?
When the AIDS activist movement ACT UP was formed in New York in 1987, 50 per cent of Americans wanted people with AIDS quarantined, while 15 per cent favoured tattoos. An interview with Sarah Schulman on her film United In Anger: A History of ACT UP.
The fact that the benefits
of global free trade are not particularly equitably shared across geographies
is one of the reasons why regional integration has caught the fancy of leaders
in the global South.
The advocates of market fundamentalism have
sought to close down totally the intellectual space for enquiry and discourse.
But a more just and humane model of development, based on equitable
distribution of the world’s resources, is a viable alternative whose time has