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Cambiare cavallo

– Anselm Jappe: “Dover affrontare una svalutazione generalizzata del denaro e del lavoro può dare le vertigini e fare paura. Ciononostante, è a partire da questa nuova situazione prodotta dalla crisi che si può iniziare a immaginare una società post-capitalista che non si riduca ad essere un’altra versione di ciò che già conosciamo.” Traduzione a […]

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A privatização de Porto Alegre e a verdadeira face do vandalismo

Por Marco Aurélio Weissheimer: Na reta final da campanha eleitoral, Porto Alegre vive uma situação paradoxal. Se, por um lado, as pesquisas dão amplo favoritismo ao atual prefeito José Fortunati (PDT), nas ruas eclodiu um movimento social formado basicamente de jovens protestando contra a privatização de espaços públicos e culturais da cidade e também contra […]

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Citizens as Customers

Considerations on the New Politics of Consumption – By Wolfgang Streeck: [Excerpt] (…) [E]xpectations of what politics can do may have eroded too far, and the civic skills and organizational structures needed to develop effective public demand may have atrophied beyond redemption, while the political personnel themselves may have adapted entirely to specializing in the […]

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Crise do sujeito, otimismo cruel e exclusão participativa

Por Sérgio G. Baierle: Discuto aqui a crise do sujeito nos movimentos populares urbanos e seus territórios – favelas e vilas populares sobretudo –, à luz da mutação de suas condições de reprodução social, as quais tinham por base o que venho atualmente chamando de paradigma do otimismo cruel (as contradições do desejo de modernidade). […]

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A maldição do trabalho barato

Por Ruy Braga: Apesar do pacote de medidas anticíclicas implementado pelo governo federal buscando reverter a forte desaceleração da atividade industrial no país, o Brasil continua flertando com a estagnação econômica. De acordo com os analistas mais prudentes, teremos algo entre 1,5% e 2% de crescimento do Produto Interno Bruto (PIB) este ano. Após o […]

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Inferno Precário

Por Ruy Braga: “Ao invés de ficar declarando que a desocupação do Pinheirinho foi uma ‘ barbárie’, a única coisa realmente séria que a presidenta Dilma Rousseff poderia fazer seria usar o Ministério das Cidades para desapropriar a área e devolvê-la aos moradores do bairro.” — No exato momento em que as crises europeia e […]

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Misusing the City Statute in São Paulo

By Patricia Rodrigues Samora*: The City Statute and subsequent São Paolo Master Plan were seen as victories for the housing movement, but the city and state governments of São Paulo, and to a certain extent the federal government, seem to have chosen another way to build the future of our cities. This is a future […]

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La crise des ressources comme point de rupture du contrat social

Par Andreas Exner, Christian Lauk & Konstantin Kulterer [1]: Le fordisme ne s’est pas contenté de délocaliser ses contradictions vers la périphérie : il les a également évacuées vers l’avenir. Les âpres luttes sociales du XXe siècle ont abouti à un mode de gestion des conflits qui consiste à prendre la nature pour « dépotoir […]

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Capital is the Real of our lives

By Slavoj Žižek: When we were fighting AIDS, hunger, water shortages, global warming, and so on, there always seemed to be time to reflect, to postpone decisions (recall how the main conclusion of the last meeting of world leaders in Bali, hailed as a success, was that they would meet again in two years to […]

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De-commodifying Housing

The Realignment Project: Introduction: – If the Great Recession has one common thread that links the U.S, much of the E.U (Ireland, Spain, the U.K), and the rest of the world, it’s our common mistake of treating housing as a speculative commodity whose purpose is to create profits for investors, rather than structures that serve […]

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Unelected Oligarchy:

Corporate and Financial Dominance in Britain’s Democracy By David Beetham ( Democratic Audit):  [“What we call democracy is in fact a compromise between the power of the vote and the power of business, with government negotiating the interface between the two.”] – This democratic audit of the UK takes place in the aftermath of the […]

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No es crisis, es que ya no te quiero

Por Manuel Castells: – Crisis y Sistema – Cuando miles de indignados afirman que no es una crisis sino que es el sistema el causante de los múltiples problemas que nos aquejan están diciendo algo tan básico como que si no se tratan las raíces, si persisten las causas, producen las mismas consecuencias. ¿Pero de qué sistema […]

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Spoiled!

How relentless enforcement and $1,000 tickets are ruining Chinatown’s largest fruit & vegetable market – By Street Vendor Project: New York City is in the midst of a health crisis. Fifty-eight percent of New Yorkers are overweight or obese, and more than half-a-million city residents have been diagnosed with diabetes. In recent years, social scientists […]

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Brazil’s disappearing favelas

By Dave Zirin: Infrastructure demanded by the sporting world’s most powerful corporate interests render families homeless in Brazil. In Chile, it was called the The Brick. It was the many-thousand page economic manifesto of Dictator Augusto Pinochet, written by “the Chicago Boys” – Chilean exchange students from the University of Chicago. Disciples of the university’s […]

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Minimum Feasible Participation: The Politics of ‘Rationality’

By Jamie Stern-Weiner: In early twentieth century America many thinkers perceived and reacted to a shift towards judgement by experts, an apparent realisation of an influential tradition in political thought that has conceived of political judgement as a technical skill. Some, like Walter Lippmann, championed “dependence on those who know” as a necessary adaptation to […]

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