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VOID NETWORK- Signs of the times / Images from the future: Thoughts on the “yellow vests” and the revolt in France.

Almost two months after their emergence the yellow vests are still here! The movement started attracting international attention and more extensive coverage after the events that took place on Saturday 1/12. This was expectable, since no matter what our political judgment may turn out to be, we are faced with a nationwide revolt, which has not simply prompted thoughts for a state of emergency, but led to its informal implementation,… …

Theory

Under Neoliberalism, You Can Be Your Own Tyrannical Boss- by. MEAGAN DAY

A new study finds an alarming rise in a novel form of psychological distress. Call it “neoliberal perfectionism.” A new study by Thomas Curran and Andrew Hill in the journal Psychological Bulletin finds perfectionism is on the rise. The authors, both psychologists, conclude that “recent generations of young people perceive that others are more demanding of them, are more demanding of others, and are more demanding of themselves.” When identifying the root cause of… …

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Η Σουηδία και ο σοσιαλδημοκρατικός μεταμοντερνισμός- Γιώργος Κουτσαντώνης

«Στον κόσμο που ζούμε […] τα τείχη δεν είναι στέρεα και σίγουρα δεν διαρκούν για πάντα· είναι ιδιαίτερα κινητικά και θυμίζουν στον ταξιδιώτη της ζωής χάρτινα διαχωριστικά ή καλύμματα, που σκοπός τους είναι να αλλάζουν συνεχώς θέση σύμφωνα με τις διαδοχικές αλλαγές των αναγκών και των γούστων» (Zygmunt Bauman) [1] Από τη δεκαετία του ’70 έως και σήμερα, κεντρική πολιτιστική επιταγή είναι η σχετικοποίηση των πάντων και μια τάση ριζικής… …

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Ανάληψη ευθύνης από Αναρχικούς για την επίθεση στο Μετρό – στάση Κεραμεικός

Η μετακίνηση στην πόλη αναδιαρθρώνεται. Ήδη, σε όλους τους σταθμούς του Μετρό και του ΗΣΑΠ έχουν τοποθετηθεί μπάρες εισόδου και εξόδου, στα λεωφορεία έχουν προστεθεί καινούργια μηχανήματα, εκδοτήρια του περιβόητου ηλεκτρονικού εισιτηρίου έχουν εγκατασταθεί σε σταθμούς και διάφορα σημεία της Αθήνας. Σε ένα περιβάλλον συνολικής επίθεσης κράτους και αφεντικών με την επίθεση στον κόσμο της εργασίας, το πετσόκομμα των μισθών, τη διάλυση της κοινωνικής ασφάλισης και τη μείωση των δαπανών… …

Κοινωνικη Ανυπακοή- οικονομική αυτοοργανωσή στην πράξη-ομιλία / Civil Disobedience and active Self Organization of the Economy- Occupied theater Embros Wednesday 21/6 at 21.00

** [text: Eng./ Ελλ.] Η ομιλία θα είναι στα αγγλικά με ομιλητές από την Ισπανία και την Κένυα και μετάφραση στα ελληνικά. ΤΕΤΑΡΤΗ 21/6 ώρα 21.00 Ελεύθερο Αυτοδιαχειριζόμενο Θέατρο ΕΜΠΡΟΣ (Ρ.Παλαμήδη 2 – Ψυρρή) Τhe talk will be in English with activists from Spain and Kenya at Occupied Self Organized Free Theater EMBROS (Riga Palamidi 2- Psiris Area Athens Το Grassroots Economics Foundation (Ίδρυμα Οικονομικών Από Τα Κάτω) είναι μία… …

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What Exactly Is Neoliberalism?- a talk with Wendy Brown

  Climate change, a crippled welfare state, the financial crisis, skyrocketing income inequality, political disappointments reaching back decades, terrible superhero movies grossing billions of dollars, Facebook and Tinder—these are just a few of the sins attributed to neoliberalism. But what exactly is neoliberalism? An economic doctrine? The revenge of capitalism’s ruling class? Or something even more insidious? Booked is a monthly series of Q&As with authors by Dissent contributing editor Timothy Shenk. For this… …

Global movement

Dozens of anarchists arrested in Belarus after anti-government protests

Today in three major cities of Belarus – Minsk, Mogilev and Grodno – people took the streets protesting against government attempts to collect tax off the unemployed (details of the story HERE). In Minsk, demonstrations managed to gather more that 1 500 people, in Mogilev and Grodno 1 000 each. These are the biggest protests those cities have seen in decades. It is worth mentioning that most of the protesters… …

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AWARDS High Tension: The Contemporary Moment in France, photos by Rémy Soubanère

No, these are not photos from battlegrounds in Ukraine or Syria—these are from Paris, the erstwhile city of love and light, transformed into another stage for conflict in the aftermath of two years of terror attacks and heightened security and anxiety. photo 1: Nous Somme le Peule Qui Manque [We Are the Missing People]. Rue de Chaligny. Paris, May 26, 2016. Nearly three months after the first gatherings, the demonstrations became… …

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Was the Rise of Neoliberalism the Root Cause of Extreme Inequality?- by George Monbiot // Ήταν η άνοδος του Νεοφιλελευθερισμού η πρωταρχική αιτία της ακραίας ανισότητας;

[English+Ελληνικά] Imagine if the people of the Soviet Union had never heard of communism. The ideology that dominates our lives has, for most of us, no name. Mention it in conversation and you’ll be rewarded with a shrug. Even if your listeners have heard the term before, they will struggle to define it. Neoliberalism: do you know what it is? Its anonymity is both a symptom and cause of its… …

Global movement

Basic income most subversive idea in politics How much is just enough? by Mona Chollet / Ελάχιστο εγγυημένο εισόδημα: Μια επαναστατική ιδέα… ή μήπως όχι; – Mona Chollet

Language: English / Ελληνικά The basic income — paid to all, and for life — is now a fashionable idea across Europe. But would it supplement welfare or replace it? Olli Kangas, a director at Finland’s social insurance body, Kela (1), says: ‘To talk about a basic income without being specific is like talking about getting a kitten without saying whether you mean a cat or a tiger.’ Over the last… …

Theory

“The End of Money” by Daniel Pinchbeck

  The current economic crisis may be another bump on capitalism’s always dizzying terrain, or it may signal epochal changes. The crisis of the financial markets has taken on gargantuan proportions. This spring saw the emergency sale of Bear Stearns, the fifth largest financial institution on Wall Street, to JP Morgan for a paltry sum by “Master of the Universe” standards, including its flashy corporate headquarters and thousands of employees.… …

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“Gated Communities for Rich and Poor” by Zaire Zenit Dinzey-Flores

  Sociologist Zaire Zenit Dinzey-Flores discusses how the concentration of class and racial privilege in gated communities takes place alongside the spatial concentration and confinement of the poor. She argues that gates help sort and segregate people, physically and symbolically distinguish communities, and cement inequality. “You drive to the gate. The community is in the shape of a U. You come in one gate and leave through the other. When… …

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“Merry crisis and happy new fear – Heavy clashes in Hamburg” by Antifa AK Cologne

This article was written shortly after the occurrences in Hamburg. We cannot bring in all of the impressions this day has left us with and maybe others will draw different analytical consequences, which we look forward to reading and discussing. Our main aim is to try to explain the events from our antinational, anticapitalist perspective here in Germany, especially for our international comrades, who asked about information and who cannot… …

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“Down and Out in Athens” Documenting the unemployed and homeless in Greece / a photo journal by Yannis Behrakis

Reuters photographer Yannis Behrakis, based in Athens, spent several weeks documenting the unemployed and homeless in Greece as the continued economic downturn has impacted the numbers of homeless. Since the debt crisis erupted in 2009, hundreds of thousands of Greeks have lost their jobs — the unemployment rate in the country reached 26.8 percent, as the economy contracted by another 5.6 percent in the first quarter of 2013, and even… …

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Leave your myth in Greece (a peculiar junta)

After June’s 2012 elections, a three-party coalition between the two former big corrupted governmental parties (neo liberal right wing “New Democracy” and neo liberal ex-social democrats PA.SO.K.) and a third social-democratic puppet (reformist left DIM.AR) has led the country into a peculiar coup regime with constitutional facade. Although elected by the people the three together marginally pass 48% of total voters and also each one of them pledged not to… …

Theory/Void Network News

Void Network presents “THE CONDITION OF CRISIS AND THE SYMPTOMS OF SOCIAL CHANGE: FIVE FLIGHTS OF THOUGHT ON THE POST OF THE GREEK POST-POLITY ERA by Leandros Kyriakopoulos

                  Abstract: It is widely known that Greece faces one of the most precarious and transformative periods of its modern history. Greek society has come to learn, in a baleful manner, that crisis is the sequence of its former political inefficiencies and a slump that must be overcome. The pressure of this awareness leads people to deface previously established social convictions about… …

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“Sustainable Prosperity: A Greek Perspective II” by Michalis Theodoropoulos

In Worldwatch Institute Europe’s second article examining the current situation in Greece we explore the particularities behind the current social situation, the ongoing changes taking place within Greek society and the notion of sustainable prosperity as viewed from a Greek standpoint.Worldwatch researcher Eirini Glyki [ http://www.worldwatch-europe.org/node/52 ] interviews Michalis Theodoropoulos [ http://www.linkedin.com/in/michalistheodoropoulos ], European Parliament assistant for the Greek Green Ecologists and responsible for environmental, food safety and health issues:… …

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Witness: Children of the Riots. (Words, Images & Moments from the streets of Athens)

As the financial crisis weighs heavily on Greece, the country seems trapped in a dead end.  But discontent over the misuse of power has long been simmering.  Greek youths reflect on how the killing of a teenager by police and the global spreading of economic, political and social crisis changed their lives for ever. This is a short documentary about children of the streets, children from the streets of Athens, same children like these children  in the… …

Global movement

“Social Mobility (in U.S.A.)? No, there is not!”, by UnderstandingSociety

  We often think of the United States as a place with a lot of social mobility. What exactly does this mean? And is it true? Ironically, the answer appears to be a fairly decisive “no.” In fact, here’s a graph from a 2005 New York Times series on income mobility that shows that the United States ranks second to last among Great Britain, US, France, Canada, and Denmark when… …

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Two videos about Greece NOW: “The war in Athens, Greece” by Dimitris Meletis // “Crisis in Greece” by Brandon Jourdan

VOID NETWORK presents The war in Athens, Greece by DIMITRIS MELETIS  a new video using original footage from  National General Strike in 19 & 20 October 2011,  exposing the role of Communist Party of Greece and including short fragments of people  expressing their fears, their anger, their determination to continue fighting for  Freedom, Dignity,  Economic-Social-Political  Equalitymore videos from Dimitris Meletis: http://vimeo.com/dimtris   VOID NETWORK presents Crisis in Greece by BRANDON… …

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Crackdown in Spain (Wave of Arrests Sweeps Barcelona) by Peter Gelderloos

The message went out to a thousand phones on Monday morning, the 3rd of October: the first of the arrests from the Parliament blockade had taken place. Four undercovers snatched him up as he left his house. A protest was called for the same day, at 7 o’clock in the evening, Plaça Catalunya. Two more arrests soon followed. The news quickly spread via telephone, internet, and word of mouth. Several… …

Global movement

“Greece: the European version of shock doctrine. The dawn of a new obscure era” by Kostas Svolis

All austerity measures forced on Greek people since 2010 constitute a small hors d’oeuvre in relation to the upcoming tsunami of social poverty and squalor that will be served to them as the main course by the capital and the Greek government, the IMF and EU directorate. The percentage of “official” unemployment has surpassed 16%, while the real one is estimated to be more than 20%. The situation is really… …

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Crisis In The Class Relation // by Endnotes

  Endnotes #2 April 2010 / Misery and the value form http://endnotes.org.uk/articles/2   Yes! There Will Be Growth in the Spring!  The history of capitalist society is the history of the reproduction of the capitalist class relation. It is that of the reproduction of capital as capital, and — its necessary concomitant — of the working class as working class. If we assume the reproduction of this relation is not… …

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