I was just reminded of this, hm, organization?, that got started while I was still in LA. It reminds me quite a bit of what we are doing here at becoming poor, and it’s reminding me that I still need to read the Graeber piece. Notably, Seattle is missing from one the locations.
Just ran across this Times article, which feels germane to our ongoing discussion on how exodus/general strike/autogestion might occur, what it might look like, and what it means to think of physical construction. It also makes me think about Harvey’s insistence on paying attention to the workers that actually build the city:
This means that Egyptians are figuring out anew how they relate to one another and to the city they have always occupied without quite fully owning — figuring out how to create that city for themselves, politically and socially, as well as with bricks and mortar. Headlines have naturally focused on the macro-battles, but the bird’s-eye view does not always reveal what is happening at street level, on corners and in neighborhoods, where daily life today means navigating new relationships with fellow citizens and the spaces they share.
Just ran across this article in the NYT that touches on a lot of the issues that usually get discussed in our conversations, and it makes me think of the role of ‘reform’ while waiting for revolution…
Just to centralize the email discussions:
Becoming Poor: 2/8, 2 pm, Gould 442. Reading Chapters 5 and 7 of Harvey’s Rebel Cities, and Holland’s essay on the Occupy movement and the slow motion general strike. I emailed this to everyone but won’t post it here since it has yet to be published, but email me if you need a copy. We’ll also take a look at the responses the OSU students post and will discuss and respond, as per the discussion last time. Holland is sending me their contact info early next week, so we can get a website up and running.
BP2: 2/15, 2 pm, Gould 442. Reading the first 50 pages of Anti-Oedipus.
A network of cooperative enterprises in the Basque region. It is always worth cataloguing these concrete examples of autogestion, I think, to explore what the specific structure of the organizations would look like….
We started this group in the summer of 2010 after two of us had taken Mark’s “Urban Democracy” course. Over the past two years we’ve had quite a few participants from within the two Ph.D. programs in the College of Built Environments, but have also had participants from Geography, Education, and Nursing.
One of the challenges facing us is to figure out how to be inclusive but also to not let the number of participants reach a point where it begins to feel like an overcrowded seminar Then, of course, there is the perennial challenge of scheduling a time that works for everyone. Earlier this quarter, another professor offered to set up an alternate time for other willing participants who could not meet with the larger group. No one took him up on the offer this time around, but what seems important now is that these types of alternatives are beginning to emerge. And it may sound simple, but I’ve never been involved with trying to self-manage a small group of people with diverse and overfilled schedules, and I think the fact that we’ve done it with some degree of success for two years is noteworthy.
Lefebvre, The Urban Revolution
Lefebvre, State, Space, World
Rancière, The Emancipated Spectator
Arendt, The Human Condition
Hardt and Negri, Empire
Plato, The Republic
Deleuze and Guattari, Anti-Oedipus
Deleuze and Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus
Aristotle, The Politics (we had planned to read this after Plato, but shifted it to accommodate interested students and two of us who had D&G on our general exam bibliographies)
Harvey, Social Justice and the City