The Big Ideas of 2013

Deeper Resistance

How can we free ourselves from financial dictatorship?
Albert Ian RP

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I don't think that we will be able to win a fight against financial capitalism by demonstrating in the street. Destroying banks isn't useful if we are seeking emancipation from financial dictatorship. Financial power does not exist in the banks; it is embedded in software, in the techno-linguistic automatisms that govern daily life and the psychic automatisms of consumerism, competition and fear.

Nevertheless we are in the midst of a process – a movement – that will deploy itself over the course of the next decade, maybe longer, and we have to start from where we are and what we know.

What we have today is the memory of past forms that our movements have taken, including occupations, strikes and demonstrations, both peaceful and violent. All of these are part of the legacy of 20th century social movements.

Recently, we have tried to resurrect some of these old forms of struggle – these old forms of expression – but this hasn't worked particularly well. Established form of peaceful demonstration have absolutely no possibility of changing the politics of financial capitalism. They don't work when democracy is dead – and it is totally dead, the European experience is demonstrating that clearly.

But on the other hand, violent riots or bank bombings are also useless because they don't challenge the sites of real power. Real power is in the cybersphere, in the algorithms of financial control, in the quantitative analyses that undergird trading, and so on.

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Then, as Alf Hornborg says, "The only way of achieving sustainability is to transform the very idea and institutions of money itself."

Pin up this poster in the corridors of your economics department, or on the streets. If we want emancipation from financial dictatorship, we have to kick over and renovate the economic paradigm from the ground up. So go here and join the rumbling Meme War!

Now put this poster up

Poster

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eugene kinbur

Jan.28,2013
An interesting turn of events now is the confrontation of secularists to imposing religious extremists: in Israel,
Syria, and Egypt.In the US,, there is a close relation between religious and political extremists as well.
It is time for secularists to stand up to the religious nutbags.

eugene kinbur

An iteresting turn of events is the opposition of secularists to imposing religious political extremists: in Israel, in Syria, and Egypt. In the US, there's the religious nutbags have ocupied the political scene. It's time for secularists to stand up to religious and political extremists.

Anonymous

Having seen that the "Brave Syrian Protester" line is not working, the car-bombers are now to be termed the 'Good Terrorists". And yet, despite attacks on churches, the US government continue to fund these religious and political extremists. War ON Terror or War OF Terror?

Anonymous

Secularists?!

The secularists ARE the "religious and political extremists".

If you want to spout off the same old dry and stale mainstream force fed soundbites that we''ve all had to endure for decades now, why don't you go love your freedom on one of the mainstream msnbc comment sections.

iuh

Secularists are religious extremists? Unless you are going to clarify that with little bit..you know, explanation, as it stands that statement doesn't make any sense.

Anonymous

While it may be a poor use of words, the general point seems clear enough. In term of Syria, it's time to stand to the car-bombers and armed gangs that are now attacking churches.

Anonymous

While it may be a poor use of words, the general point seems clear enough. In terms of Syria, it's time to stand up to the car-bombers and armed gangs that are now attacking churches.

InWaiting

People are so funny to me, you live in your nice house, with all your money food and nice things, whilst you complain about the economy and the currupt goverment. KILL yourselves. Go help the hungry, the homeless the sick. DO SOMETHING. Yes they have won the battle, you are correct. The war not so much. The Idea of being completely self sufficent is ridculous not every one can do it all, why do you think humans came up with trade in the first place. There needs to be a revolution with an upheavel of our goverment and banking system. Trust me the time will come, but you have allready laid down and died.

Anonymous

"...The bourgeoisie, wherever it has got the upper hand, has put an end to all feudal, patriarchal, idyllic relations. It has pitilessly torn asunder the motley feudal ties that bound man to his “natural superiors”, and has left remaining no other nexus between man and man than naked self-interest, than callous “cash payment”. It has drowned the most heavenly ecstasies of religious fervour, of chivalrous enthusiasm, of philistine sentimentalism, in the icy water of egotistical calculation. It has resolved personal worth into exchange value, and in place of the numberless indefeasible chartered freedoms, has set up that single, unconscionable freedom — Free Trade. In one word, for exploitation, veiled by religious and political illusions, it has substituted naked, shameless, direct, brutal exploitation..." Not was not that not a well-penned comment?

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