1. heathkillen:

    Initially known as Dériville (from “ville dérivée”, literally, “drift city”), New Babylon is a utopian anti-capitalist city designed by artist-architect Constant Nieuwenhuys from 1959-74. The goal was the creating of alternative life experiences, called ‘situations’. 

    Sarah Williams Goldhagen, explained:

    "New Babylon was to be a series of linked transformable structures, some of which were themselves the size of a small city—what architects call a megastructure. Perched above ground, Constant’s megastructures would literally leave the bourgeois metropolis below and would be populated by homo ludens—man at play. (Homo Ludens is the title of a book by the great Dutch historian Johan Huizinga.) In the New Babylon, the bourgeois shackles of work, family life, and civic responsibility would be discarded. The post-revolutionary individual would wander from one leisure environment to another in search of new sensations. Beholden to no one, he would sleep, eat, recreate, and procreate where and when he wanted. Self-fulfillment and self-satisfaction were Constant’s social goals. Deductive reasoning, goal-oriented production, the construction and betterment of a political community—all these were eschewed."

    Constant Nieuwenhuys himself wrote:

    "It is obvious that a person free to use his time for the whole of his life, free to go where he wants, when he wants, cannot make the greatest use of his freedom in a world ruled by the clock and the imperative of a fixed abode. As a way of life Homo Ludens will demand, firstly, that he responds to his need for playing, for adventure, for mobility, as well as all the conditions that facilitate the free creation of his own life. Until then, the principle activity of man had been the exploration of his natural surroundings. Homo Ludens himself will seek to transform, to recreate, those surroundings, that world, according to his new needs. The exploration and creation of the environment will them happen to coincide because, in creating his domain to explore, Homo Ludens will apply himself to exploring his own creation. Thus we will be present at an uninterrupted process of creation and re-creation, sustained by a generalized creativity that is manifested in all domains of activity"

    (via girlboss)

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  2. (Source: mariecalloway, via classwaru)

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  3. fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

    By Francisco Dominguez

    This week, a group of masked young men continued the siege of the Caracas offices of Venezuelan TV (VTV, a state channel) preventing the normal functioning of this TV outlet. They have set several bonfires all around the entrance perimeter of VTV threatening the normal thoroughfare of VTV journalists and other personnel, thus serious impairing the free functioning of this channel (see a recent report from Telesur here). The violence has involved the throwing of stones, bottles and Molotov Cocktails.

    As a consequence of this, VTV staff Mayra Cienfuegos, was wounded by firearm (see here). Earlier this week, the cameras caught a bunch of the besiegers being taught by a group leader how to make Molotov cocktails (see videos here and here)

    The attacks and violence against VTV have not been confined to Caracas, masked goons also attacked the Tachira offices of VTV on February 14, during which reportedly they used gasoline to set rubbish on fire preventing the free flow of traffic. And also VTV journalists have been the subject of attacks and abuse by the extreme right wing supporters of Leopoldo Lopez.

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  4. (Source: classwaru)

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  5. Politics will eventually be replaced by imagery. The politician will be only too happy to abdicate in favor of his image, because the image will be much more powerful than he could ever be.

    - Marshall McLuhan

  6. fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

    Today in history: February 20, 1990 – The bitterly fought, militant 10-month Pittston coal strike ends in a victory against concessions for the workers.

    The strike was led by the United Mine Workers Union (UMWA) against the Pittston Coal Company. It started April 5, 1989 and was provoked by Pittston’s termination of health care for 1,500 retirees, widows, and disabled miners, and their refusal to contribute to the benefit trust for miners who retired before 1974. They also started running the mines 24-7 with no overtime for the workers. The strike affected production in mines in Virginia, WV and KY.

    Mine workers and their families engaged in work stoppage, occupations, civil disobedience, protests and direct confrontation, flaunting numerous legal injunctions and costly fines. At its peak in June 1989, the strike involved approximately 2,000 miners daily staying at Camp Solidarity with thousands more sending donations and holding wildcat walkouts that involved around 40,000 people. The participation of women through the formation of the Daughters of Mother Jones was an essential element of the successful strike.

    The strike was a victory against concessions: miners again received their benefits. Pittston had to pay $10 million toward the health care of the miners who had retired before 1974. The mines could stay open with extended shifts, but the amount miners had to work was limited by the agreement. The UMWA got the legal fines against them dropped, which had included $13,000 a day against individual union officials and a total of $64 million against the union.

    (image: marshalls attempt to arrest striking miners and their supporters)

    Via Freedom Road Socialist Organization (Fight Back!)

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  7. "So what is surveillance? For the sake of argument, we may start by saying that it is the focused, systematic and routine attention to personal details for purposes of influence, management, protection or direction. Surveillance directs its attention in the end to individuals (even though aggregate data, such as those available in the public domain, may be used to build up a background picture). It is focused. By systematic, I mean that this attention to personal details is not random, occasional or spontaneous; it is deliberate and depends on certain protocols and techniques. Beyond this, surveillance is routine; it occurs as a ‘normal’ part of everyday life in all societies that depend on bureaucratic administration and some kinds of information technology. Everyday surveillance is endemic to modern societies. It is one of those major social processes that actually constitute modernity as such."
    — David Lyon, Surveillance Studies: An Overview
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  8. "What does it mean to struggle against capital when capital has subjugated all of lived time, not only that of the working day, but all, all of it. Reproduction is like production, life is like work. At this level, to break with capital is to make a prison break."

    Negri, Antonio, Marx Beyond Marx: Lessons on the Grundrisse. Trans. Harry Cleaver, Michael Ryan, and Maurio Viano. Autonomedia / Pluto 1991, p.xvi

    (via rillke)

    (Source: fuckyeahdialectics, via criminal-delirium)

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  9. "We must cease once and for all to describe the effects of power in negative terms: it ‘excludes’, it ‘represses’, it ‘censors’, it ‘abstracts’, it ‘masks’, it ‘conceals’. In fact, power produces; it produces reality; it produces domains of objects and rituals of truth. The individual and the knowledge that may be gained of him belong to this production."
    — Michel Foucault, “The Means of Correct Training”, from Discipline and Punish  (via becoming-vverevvolf)

    (Source: wanderingwithhisshadow, via criminal-delirium)

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  10. todayinlaborhistory:

    Today in labor history, January 28, 1914: The Edmonton, Canada, city council agree to the Industrial Workers of the World’s Unemployed League demand that the city assist the unemployed. The city council provided a large hall for the homeless, passed out three 25-cent meal tickets to each unemployed man daily, and employed 400 people on a public project.

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  11. However these privileged workers of the completed commodity society do not resemble slaves in the sense that they must provide for their upkeep themselves.  Rather their status can be compared to serfdom, because they are exclusively attached to an enterprise and to its smooth running, without receiving anything in return, and above all because they are strictly compelled to reside in one single space: the same circuit of ever identical dwelling-units, offices, motorways, holidays and airports.

    But they also resemble modern proletarians by the precariousness of their resources, which is in conflict with the programmed routine of their expenditure: and by the fact that they have to hire themselves out on an open market without possessing anything of the instruments of their labor - because of the fact that they need money.  They have to buy commodities: and things have been so arranged that they cannot remain in contact with anything which is not a commodity.

    In Girum Imus Nocte Et Consumimur Igni (We Spin Around the Night Consumed by Fire) dir. Guy Debord (1978)

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  12. moviesinframes:

    The Parallax View, 1974 (dir. Alan J. Pakula)

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