Free Speech Radio News: 11.04.11

  • Unemployment lowers in US, but joblessness rates still far from recovery
  • Educators use Occupy movement to empower students, defend public education
  • Alternative G20 in Nice calls for fundamental changes to financial system
  • Ortega favored for re-election in Nicaraguan vote
via Free Speech Radio News


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Is this what anti-Hegelianism looks like?

Bergson explains that there are two ways of determining what colors have in common.  Either we extract the abstract and general idea of color, and we do so by “effacing from red what makes it red, from blue what makes it blue, and from green what makes it green”: then we are left with a concept which is a genre, and many objects for one concept.  The concept and the object are two things, and the relation of the object to the concept is one of subsumption.  Thus we get no farther than spatial distinctions, a state of difference that is external to the thing.  Or we send the colors through a convergent lense that concentrates them on the same point: what we have then is “pure white light,” the very light that “makes the differences come out between the shades.”  So, the different colors are no longer objects under a concept, but nuances or degrees of the concept itself.  Degrees of difference itself, and not differences of degree.  The relation is no longer one of subsumption, but one of participation.  White light is still a universal, but a concrete universal, which gives us an understanding of the particular because it is the far end of the particular.  Because things have become nuances or degrees of the concept, the concept itself has become a thing.  It is a universal thing, if you like, since the objects look like so many degrees, but a concrete thing, not a genus or a generality.  Properly speaking, there is no longer many objects for one concept; the concept is identical to the thing itself.

Deleuze, Gilles. “The Concept of Difference in Bergson” (1956) Desert Islands and Other Texts, 1953-1974. Los Angeles, CA: Semiotext(e), 2004 43. Print.

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Claus Neergaard: NoiseNetworkConnections v1

Claus Neergaard: NoiseNetworkConnections v1

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The Fight for ‘Real Democracy’ at the Heart of Occupy Wall Street

The Encampment in Lower Manhattan Speaks to a Failure of Representation

Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri

MICHAEL HARDT is Professor of Literature at Duke University. ANTONIO NEGRI is former Professor of Political Science at the University of Padua and the University of Paris 8. They are the authors of Empire, Multitude, and Commonwealth.

Demonstrations under the banner of Occupy Wall Street resonate with so many people not only because they give voice to a widespread sense of economic injustice but also, and perhaps more important, because they express political grievances and aspirations. As protests have spread from Lower Manhattan to cities and towns across the country, they have made clear that indignation against corporate greed and economic inequality is real and deep. But at least equally important is the protest against the lack — or failure — of political representation. It is not so much a question of whether this or that politician, or this or that party, is ineffective or corrupt (although that, too, is true) but whether the representational political system more generally is inadequate. This protest movement could, and perhaps must, transform into a genuine, democratic constituent process.

The political face of the Occupy Wall Street protests comes into view when we situate it alongside the other “encampments” of the past year. Together, they form an emerging cycle of struggles. In many cases, the lines of influence are explicit. Occupy Wall Street takes inspiration from the encampments of central squares in Spain, which began on May 15 and followed the occupation of Cairo’s Tahrir Square earlier last spring. To this succession of demonstrations, one should add a series of parallel events, such as the extended protests at the Wisconsin statehouse, the occupation of Syntagma Square in Athens, and the Israeli tent encampments for economic justice. The context of these various protests are very different, of course, and they are not simply iterations of what happened elsewhere. Rather each of these movements has managed to translate a few common elements into their own situation.
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Three Views on Demands

“The Party of Wall Street knows all too well that when profound political and economic questions are transformed into cultural issues they become unanswerable.” -David Harvey

“But I think that this openness is precisely what is great about these protests. It means that precisely a certain vacuum opened the fundamental dissatisfactions in the system. The vacuum simply means open space for thinking, for new freedom, and so on. Let’s not fill in this vacuum too quickly.” -Slavoj Zizek (unedited transcript)

“While it’s definitely a good idea to charge the capitalists, taxing the rich as the maximum program sets us up for social development by the state. The occupation movement gives us the potential to independently develop the class.” -Asad Haider and Salar Mohandesi

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Day 47: Poll

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Occupy Wall Street Radio: 11.03.11

  • the Oakland General Strike
  • The People vs. Goldman Sachs with Chris Hedges, Cornel West
  • the mainstream media
  • protesters reject plea bargain
  • CRASS zine
  • upcoming events


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Michel de Broin: Black Whole Conference (2006)

72 chairs, 400cm in diameter

The installation consists of a large sphere composed of an assemblage of chairs. The legs are attached to one another, bringing the chairs together. In this spherical conference room there is no central position, all the chairs float in solidarity with each other. They operate as an immune system – protecting themselves by blocking and kicking out their surroundings. As a massive object in the gallery space, the sphere acts as a centre of gravity around which the rest orbits. The reorganization of matter derives from a ‘big bang’ where the ancient order of the conference room has blown out and reconfigured into a ‘utopic’ geometrical endosystem.

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Solidarity: Oakland General Strike

A Photo Essay:

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Behind the News: 10.28.11

update: just posted an essay by Alex Vitale titled Rule of Law vs. the Forces of Order

• sociologist Alex Vitale on cops and protest

• journalist Sarah Jaffe on OWS

Vitale offers a valuable overview of different policing tactics from 1960s-present.


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