It can even happen in Denmark…

Just read this piece over at the always-thought provoking “Continental Drift” blog by Brian Holmes. So much of the current discourses happening are marked by a distinctive and completely understandable pessimism – neoliberal capitalism is here to stay, despotic states are here to stay, democracy, whatever the hell that is, is a pie-in-the-sky dream – but Holmes manages to eek out a little optimism in the midst of crisis. And perhaps this is exactly what we need! An optimism, albeit a cautious one… he calls for the creation of new “radical investigative projects.” We’re in a unique position for just such a thing, writing about and against the current power formations from within them. We have boundless access to information, be it through books, individual and collective experience, or the very base contours of the control society, the internet.

So many of us have talked about the problems that arise from the division of academic disciplines into separate, competing and politically-aligned spheres, as well as the negative bifurcation of access to knowledge through the corporatization of learning. Through conjoined efforts we can bypass these problems, blend disciplines and history and theory and practice into a whole and just maybe uncover potentials for exits, for lines of flight, from a world sinking not only in one but a multiplicity of overlapping crises. And the work produced does not have to be one, nor should it be; it can be as multiplicitous as our oppositions.

Continental Drift

Intro to Contemporary Crisis Theory

Liberty_MaerskJust-in-time production and distribution puts us all in the same boat...

theoretical basis of the project

visual notes of the session

The financial crash and the subsequent transformations of the lived economy appear as existential threats. These threats cut across a broad range of social classes. Any deep recession provoking high unemployment affects working people, especially those on temporary contracts. When the recession is prolonged and tax revenues plunge, the state slashes social benefits, hurting parents, children, retirees, the sick and disabled. General welfare programs – notably concerning the environment – are dismantled in the name of a return to profitability. These are the most familiar features of the average business-cycle downswing.

The new thing is that from the outset, this depression has afflicted the so-called middle classes, hitting them in the very areas that define their status, with the loss of assets (devalued homes…

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