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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Anonymous

"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."

And yet, as the false flag or "Color" Revolutions have shown, many old forms of struggle have been used to undermine countries around the world. In such cases, do not old fashioned protests work - particularly well?

A Hofmann

allow me 2 had the if "these old forms of expression" haven't "worked particularly well" is not because they r old, but just because the numbers involved weren't enough, ok? thus, it's always a question of numbers !!

Anonymous

American Autumn: An Occudoc

­"The first feature length documentary on the Occupy movement, this film not only offers answers for those who continue to ask: “what does the occupy movement stand for? What are our demands?” – it offers a challenge and an invitation to engage with the movement..." (On RT, see their site for dates aired)

Hope it is OK to highlight this film here - that it is of interest?

Anonymous

Film, Literature and the New World Order

“...The question of how to break this [social] conditioning is an extremely complex one, but perhaps the simplest answer is simply to become aware of it. If we are aware of various messages and propaganda as techniques of conditioning, and are able to apprehend them in that light, they are much less likely to be effective on us. Other answers suggest themselves in the work of Martin Seligman on the topic of “learned helplessness.”

“If people can be conditioned into internalizing powerlessness, they can also be reverse conditioned into understanding the power and effect of their actions. Is fighting fire with fire (or conditioning with reverse conditioning) a viable answer? That is not a rhetorical question, but I will leave it as such for now...”
(From The Corbett Report, 7 Feb 2013)

On such issues, James Corbett REALLY knows his stuff.

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