Tag Archives: Alternative Economies

Without cooperative self-employment no future is possible

From spain, comes a manifesto in defence of creating networks of autonomous, ecological, feminist, self-managed work and consumption as the only viable political alternative to the State and Capital.  A manifesto speaks for itself; it is an affirmation of presence … Continue reading

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The economics and politics of the rojava revolution

From a distance, and in the absence of a knowledge of the local languages, news about the “rojava revolution” in nothern syria remains fragmentary and often contradictory.  While supportive of the movement, questions and doubts remain which we are unable … Continue reading

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Economies beyond capitalism: Anarchist reflections and practices

What is anti-capitalism?  What distinguishes anarchist anti-capitalism from other “competing” social-political projects?  Whatever answers are forthcoming to such questions, at the heart of any anti-capitalism is an “alternative economy”.  What this in turn amounts to has been a matter of … Continue reading

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Vio.Me, Greece: Creating solidarities within and beyond factory walls

In the past, we have shared, in the english language, news and reflections on the Vio.Me factory occupation-coorperative, in Thessaloniki.  If the occupation remains legally precarious, Vio.Me now stands as an example in europe not only of workers’ self-management, but … Continue reading

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The expropriated bank la canica: The contagion of bank okupations in spain

With the earlier bank occupations of catalonia in 2014 and the struggle for the defense of the Banc Expropiat in the Gràcia neighbourhood of Barcelona in the bankground, and also in Madrid with the occupied La Bankarrota in 2015, the example continues to resonate, … Continue reading

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Occupy Wall Street: Sharing reflections on a fifth anniversary (4)

… communism will be material or it will be nothing. It will be a set of immediate practices, immediate satisfactions, or nothing. If we find discipline and organization, it will come from what we do, not what we think. Research … Continue reading

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Occupy, Resist, Produce: The rebellious factory okupations-cooperatives of europe

What is it to speak of alternative economies to capitalism?  Wherein lies the alterity of initiatives that seek to produce beyond profit, to produce for the satisfaction of human needs?  What is an anti/post capitalist production?

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Economies of solidarity in spain: Red de Economia Alternativa y Solidaria

What would be the nature of a non/anti-capitalist economy today?  What characteristics would it possess?  How would production be carried out?  Would only socially necessary goods be produced?  And what is a socially necessary good?  How would distribution be effected? … Continue reading

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Autonomies in greece

La révolution socialiste vise la transformation de la société par l’action autonome des hommes, et l’instauration d’une société organisée en vue de l’autonomie de tous. Cornelius Castoriadis, L’institution imaginaire de la société Ce qui nous fait le plus défaut est … Continue reading

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Anti-capitalist economies in post-15M spain: Mondragón, Cooperatives and Okupations

… I am bound to suppose that the realisation of Socialism will tend to make men happy.  What is it then that makes people happy?  Free and full life and the consciousness of life. William Morris In spain, there are … Continue reading

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