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Έγκλημα και μετανάστης: Συνέντευξη με τον Στέφανο Ροζάνη

Συνέντευξη: Νίκος Κατσιαούνης / περιοδικό ΒΑΒΥΛΩΝΙΑ τεύχος #1 Ο καθηγητής φιλοσοφίας και συγγραφέας Στέφανος Ροζάνης παραθέτει μια άκρως ενδιαφέρουσα συνέντευξη γύρω από το ζήτημα των μεταναστών, του ρατσισμού καθώς και για τη συνεχώς αυξανόμενη βία που εντοπίζεται σε όλο και μεγαλύτερα τμήματα του κοινωνικού ιστού. «Μας πήραν την Αθήνα». Μετά τον τραγικό θάνατο του 44χρονου είδαμε ότι έγινε μια συντονισμένη προσπάθεια από τα ΜΜΕ που έδωσαν χώρο στην ανάδυση των…

Theory

Σημειώσεις πάνω στο “μεταναστευτικό ζήτημα”, του Γκυ Ντεμπόρ

Το “μεταναστευτικό ζήτημα” είναι εξολοκλήρου χαλκευμένο, όπως είναι κάθε δημόσιο ζήτημα στην σύγχρονη κοινωνία, και για τους ίδιους λόγους: η ερώτηση εγείρεται από την οικονομία (δηλ. την ψευδο-οικονομική ψευδαίσθηση) και συζητάται από τους θεαματικούς μηχανισμούς. Η συζήτηση επί του θέματος άλλωστε περιορίζεται σε ηλιθιότητες, του τύπου: θα πρέπει να κρατήσουμε ή να ξεφορτωθούμε τους μετανάστες; (Φυσικά ο πραγματικός μετανάστης δεν είναι ο μόνιμος κάτοικος ξενικής προέλευσης αλλά εκείνος ο οποίος…

Theory

“The New Nihilism” by Peter Lamborn Wilson aka Hakim Bey

  It feels increasingly difficult to tell the difference between—on one hand—being old, sick, and defeated, and—on the other hand—living in a time-&-place that is itself senile, tired, and defeated. Sometimes I think it’s just me—but then I find that some younger, healthier people seem to be undergoing similar sensations of ennui, despair, and impotent anger. Maybe it’s not just me. A friend of mine attributed the turn to disillusion…

Local movement/Theory

John Holloway – Η Κριτική Σκέψη απέναντι στη Λερναία Ύδρα του καπιταλισμού

Ομιλία του Τζον Χόλογουεϊ στο ζαπατιστικό συνέδριο Η Κριτική Σκέψη απέναντι στη Λερναία Ύδρα του καπιταλισμού, CIDECI-Unitierra, Σαν Κριστόμπαλ, Τσιάπας, Μεξικό (3-9 Μαΐου 2015) Είναι τιμή και χαρά να βρίσκομαι εδώ. Νιώθω πως θέλω να χορέψω, αλλά δεν θα το κάνω, θα επικεντρωθώ σε αυτό που μας ζήτησαν. Θα μιλήσω για την κριτική σκέψη και θα εξηγήσω πώς μπορούμε να σκοτώσουμε τη λερναία ύδρα του καπιταλισμού. Γι’ αυτό πρόκειται: μιλάμε…

Theory

Μανιφέστο Ενάντια στην Εργασία [Ομάδα Krisis]

 1. Η κυριαρχία της νεκρής εργασίας Ένα πτώμα κυριαρχεί στην κοινωνία – το πτώμα της εργασίας. Όλες οι δυνάμεις της υφηλίου συμμάχησαν προκειμένου να υπερασπίσουν την κυριαρχία του: ο πάπας και η Παγκόσμια Τράπεζα, ο Τόνυ Μπλερ και ο Γιεργκ Χάιντερ, συνδικάτα και επιχειρηματίες, γερμανοί οικολόγοι και γάλλοι σοσιαλιστές. Το μόνο σύνθημα που ξέρουν είναι: δουλειά, δουλειά, δουλειά! Όποιος δεν έχει ξεχάσει ακόμη να συλλογίζεται, θα συνειδητοποιήσει εύκολα τον παραλογισμό…

Theory

A World Without Police by PETER GELDERLOOS

  In two previous essay, I discussed the role of the Left in protecting the police through cautious reformism, and the effectiveness of a pacified, falsified—in a word disarmed—history of the Civil Rights movement to prevent us from learning from previous struggles and achieving a meaningful change in society. The police are a racist, authoritarian institution that exists to protect the powerful in an unequal system. Past and present efforts…

Theory

Morning Star: Surrealism, Marxism, Anarchism, Situation-ism, Utopia. by Michael Lowy

Introduction by Donald LaCoss (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2009). When members of the surviving old guard of surrealism declared the movement over in October 1969 in Le Monde, there were many dissenters. International adherents to the idea that surrealism is a state of mind rather than a historical movement affirmed their continued loyalty to its revolutionary principles. Lowy locates these at the intersection of Marxism and anarchism, a mix…

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.…

Theory

“To a Friend / Essay on Blanqui” by The Imaginary Party

The ingenuity of the Imaginary Party’s essay on Blanqui is that it goes way beyond merely contextualizing Blanqui; it even goes beyond trying to defend the indefensible Blanqui, the revolutionary who is unacceptable to everyone, especially self-proclaimed revolutionaries. “To a friend” (as the preface is also known) aims to be a modern Blanquist statement: an advancement of Blanqui’s own ideas and actions by people unafraid to be called “Blanquists.” Who…

Local movement/Theory

Aναρχισμός και Μαγεία: Η μαγεία στις ανθρώπινες κοινωνίες και ο ορθολογισμός ως εργαλείο κρατικής καταστολής

«Οι Γίγαντες που δημιούργησαν αυτό τον κόσμο στην αισθητή του διάσταση και τώρα φαίνεται πως ζουν μέσα του αλυσοδεμένοι, είναι στ’ αλήθεια οι αιτίες της ζωής του και οι πηγές κάθε δραστηριότητας, αλλά οι αλυσίδες είναι ο δόλος του αδύναμου και δαμασμένου νου, που έχει τη δύναμη ν’ αντισταθεί στην ενέργεια: όπως λέει και η παροιμία, ο άτολμος, τολμηρός είναι στο δόλο». William Blake Oι εκπρόσωποι του Διαφωτισμού και οι…

Theory

“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…

Theory

Deep Anger! We need to rediscover something we lost along the way. — by Darren Fleet with Stefanie Krasnow (Adbusters mag.)

In a better world, there’d be no reason to write this. In that world, plastic bags would be outlawed, rednecks would voluntarily stop driving those obnoxious Ford F-350s and the yogis in yuppie neighborhoods would stop believing that a hybrid SUV could save the planet. But that’s not the world we live in. In this world, when push comes to shove, most of us are too comfortable to care, too…

Theory

WHY RIOT? — by Phil A. Neel / Ultra magazine

Two years ago in Seattle, on May 1st, 2012, roughly four to five hundred people engaged in the largest riot the city had seen in more than a decade. Hundreds of thousands of dollars of property were destroyed[i], a minor state of emergency was declared, and the next day’s headlines were filled with horror stories of crazy, “out-of-town” anarchists run amok. This event, occurring on the tail end of the…

Theory

“Capitalism: A Very Special Delirium” by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari

QUESTION: When you describe capitalism, you say: “There isn’t the slightest operation, the slightest industrial or financial mechanism that does not reveal the dementia of the capitalist machine and the pathological character of its rationality (not at all a false rationality, but a true rationality of *this* pathology, of *this madness*, for the machine does work, be sure of it). There is no danger of this machine going mad, it…

Theory

“Η κατασκευή του χρεωμένου ανθρώπου (η έννοια του χρέους στους Deleuze-Guattari)” του Maurizio Lazzarato

      Κεφάλαιο 2ο Deleuze-Guattari: Μικρή ιστορία του χρέους (σελ 94-104) […] Ουσιαστικά το χρέος επανέρχεται στο γύρισμα της δεκαετίας του ’70 στη δουλειά των Ντελέζ-Γκουταρί ως κλειδί ανάλυσης του σύγχρονου καπιταλισμού. Συνδυάζοντας τη θεωρία του Νίτσε για την πίστωση στις αρχαικές κοινωνίες και τη θεωρία του Μαρξ για το χρήμα στον καπιταλισμό, σκιαγραφούν μια μικρή ιστορία του χρέους που μας καλεί σε μια μη οικονομίστικη ανάγνωση της οικονομίας,…

Theory

“Find your Cathedral – blow up the Eiffel Tower” a tribute to Ivan Chtcheglov by Nora Sophie

The French political theorist, activist and poet Ivan Chtcheglov  was following his Ukrainian father as a revolutionary of his time. His father, Vladimir Chtcheglov, was sentenced to two years imprisonment following the 1905 Revolution. After he was released, Vladimir Chtcheglov left the Russian Empire. In 1910, Vladimir and his wife moved to Paris where he worked as a taxi driver. He took part in the 1911 driver strike. Ivan –…

Theory

“DANCING IN THE STREETS A History of Collective Joy” Barbara Ehrenreich book review

        DANCING IN THE STREETS A History of Collective Joy. By Barbara Ehrenreich. 320 pp. Metropolitan Books/ Henry Holt & Company. $26. “Take me out with the crowd,” goes the old baseball song. “I love this crowd,” repeats the classic stand-up comic. Every lecturer knows: the larger the group, the more they become an event for themselves, heightening the attention, the laughs or the emotions. At our…

Theory

The talk of Giorgio Agamben in Athens: “From the State of Control to a Praxis of Destituent Power”

This is the transcript of a public lecture by Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben delivered to a packed auditorium in Athens on November 16, 2013 and recently published by Chronos e-magazine. A reflection on the destiny of democracy today here in Athens is in some way disturbing, because it obliges us to think the end of democracy in the very place where it was born. As a matter of fact, the…

Global movement/Theory

“After the Crest, part I.: What to Do while the Dust Is Settling” by Crimethinc

  At the high point, it seems like it will go on forever. You feel invincible, unstoppable. Then the crash comes: court cases, disintegration, depression. Once you go through this several times, the rhythm becomes familiar. It becomes possible to recognize these upheavals as the heartbeat of something greater than any single movement. Over the past six years, cities around the world have seen peaks of struggle: Athens, London, Barcelona,…

Theory

“Rape Happens”: The ‘normalcy’ of violence—sexual violence being the most perverted—is India’s lot. One girl’s nightmare focuses the light.

“Didi has always made us proud. Aisa kabhi nahin hua ki hamein unki wajah se kuchh sunna pada. Woh hamare parivar ka garv hai (We never had to hear anything on account of her. She is our family’s pride),” say the two brothers (18 and 20 years old respectively) of the girl whose rape and brutalisation a fortnight ago has stirred the whole nation. They were seated outside her ICU…

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…

Theory

“The Privatisation of Stress”, by Mark Fisher from Soundings magazine

                      Ivor Southwood tells the story of how, at a time when he was living in a condition of underemployment – relying on short-term contracts given to him at the last minute by employment agencies – he one morning made the mistake of going to the supermarket.1 When he returned home he found that an agency had left him a…

Events/Theory/Void Network News

THE SOCIAL HORIZON OF POST-ANARCHISM a conversation of Saul Newman with Tasos Sagris-Void Network // Ο ΚΟΙΝΩΝΙΚΟΣ ΟΡΙΖΟΝΤΑΣ ΤΟΥ ΜΕΤΑ-ΑΝΑΡΧΙΣΜΟΥ- μια συνομιλία του Saul Newman με τον Τάσο Σαγρή /Κενό Δίκτυο

               Some days after the international conference “Post- Anarchism and the Insurrections” organized by antiauthoritarian magazine Babylonia and the theoretical platform Post Anarchist Forum in Nosotros Free Social Space (Exarchia, Athens Greece) the writer Tasos Sagris meets Saul Newman, one of the most influential writers and academics from the Post Anarchist theoretical current   THE SOCIAL HORIZON OF POST ANARCHISM ( a conversation of  Tasos…

Theory

The Minimum Definition of Intelligence (Theses on the Construction of One’s Own Self-theory) by For Ourselves

      This booklet is for people who are dissatisfied with their lives. If you are happy with your present existence, we have no argument with you. However, if you are tired of waiting for your life to change… Tired of waiting for authentic community, love and adventure… Tired of waiting for the end of money and forced work… Tired of looking for new pastimes to pass the time……

Theory/Void Network News

ΑΠΕΡΓΙΑ ΕΠ’ΑΟΡΙΣΤΟΝ / “Ιnfinite Strike” Greek translation

Το Κενό Δίκτυο [ http://voidnetwork.blogspot.com ] , σε συνεργασία με την κολεκτίβα “The Institute for Experimental Freedom” από τις Η.Π.Α. και τους Γάλλους συγγραφείς αυτής της μπροσούρας παρουσιάζουν την μετάφραση και την έκδοση στα Ελληνικά του κειμένου: “La Grève Infinie” (“Απεργία Επ’Αόριστον”).                                            Το κείμενο αυτό γράφτηκε στις 27 Οκτωβρίου 2010 εν μέσω γεγονότων απεργιών και αποκλεισμών στην Γαλλία. Μοιράστηκε σε όλη την Γαλλία και είναι διαθέσιμο στα Γαλλικά :…

Global movement/Theory

Eros Effect: People Power and The People’s Uprisisngs / an introductive video and an essay by George Katsiaficas

Eros Effect: People Power and People’s Uprisings an introductive video by George Katsiaficas* From 1968 to the East Asian Uprisings of the 1980s and 1990s (Gwangju, South Korea in particular) a new type of popular uprising has appeared. Often dubbed “people power” these protests reveal how thousands of ordinary people, acting together in the streets, exhibit an intelligence far greater than elites which today rule over nation-states and international economic…

Theory/Void Network News

VOID THEORY>> Notes about Corpses by Tasos Sagris (a dialogue with Vinqo Denken)

vinqo denken from http://destroyathens.blogspot.com/ wrote: To be done with the judgement of DOG Part one SCRATCH N SNIFF The history of performance/performance art and all other possible mutations of this word (structure) are actually non-existent as far as the reality/history of our own KULTUR is concerned. And this is because there is no history that has had it’s own autonomous development. There have been no diversions. There have been no…

Theory/Void Network News

Void Network- An interview with anarchist writer Peter Geldeloos from U.S.A

Peter Gelderloos is at the right side and left is the Void Network translator during the event “Anarchy in the USA”- March 2007 Peter Gelderloos is an influential young American anarchist writer. He traveled during 2007 for six months in all Europe and he made many efforts (through publications of pamphlets, lectures and organizing) to help the antifascist and anti-homophobic movement in Eastern Europe and Balkans. His ability to build…

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