What We Are Fighting For: A Radical Collective ManifestoPaperback
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- Publisher: PLUTO PRESS
- Format: Paperback | 224 pages
- Dimensions: 127mm x 191mm x 15mm | 249g
- Publication date: 15 September 2012
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0745332854
- ISBN 13: 9780745332857
- Sales rank: 335,313
The age of austerity has brought a new generation of protesters on to the streets across the world. As the economic crisis meets the environmental crisis, millions fear what the future will bring but also dare to dream of a different society. What We Are Fighting For tries to answer the question that the mainstream media loves to ask the protesters. The first radical, collective manifesto of the new decade, it brings together some of the key theorists and activists from the new networked and creative social movements. Contributors include Owen Jones, David Graeber, John Holloway, Nina Power, Mark Fisher, Franco Berardi Bifo and Marina Sitrin. Chapters outline the alternative vision that animates the new global movement - from 'new economics' and 'new governance' to 'new public' and 'new social imagination'. The book concludes by exploring 'new tactics of struggle'.
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Federico Campagna is a writer and activist. He is one of the founders of the journal Through Europe and contributes to a number of magazines and radio programmes in Italy and the UK. He organised the 'What are we struggling for?' conference at the ICA, London, and is the editor of Franco Berardi Bifo's forthcoming reader. Emanuele Campiglio is a Researcher at the New Economics Foundation.
Here are the first flowers of spring: the beginning of an epochal dialogue about the human future. Inspired by the Occupy movements across the world, What We Are Fighting For should inspire all of us to join the conversation. -- Mike Davis, author of Planet of Slums and City of Quartz. This collection provides a rallying point for all those who resist the dogmas of contemporary politics and seek a fresh set of alternatives. What We Are Fighting For is a manifesto full of urgent, articulate responses to the current situation. -- Simon Critchley, Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy at the New School, New York, and author of The Faith of the Faithless (2012).
Table of contents
Preface Introduction Part 1 - New Economics Michael Albert - Participatory Economics From Capitalism Ann Pettifor - Let Ideas and Art Be International, Goods Be Homespun and Finance Primarily National Milford Bateman - A New Local Financial System For Sustainable Communities Shaun Chamberlin - The Struggle For Meaning Part 2 - New Governance Richard Seymour - Towards a New Model Commune Peter Hallward - The Dictatorship of the People Mark J Smith - Practical Utopianism and Ecological Citizenship Marina Sitrin - Occupy: Making Democracy a Question Part 3 - New Public Owen Jones - New Class Politics Hilary Wainwright - "An Excess of Democracy" Dan Hind - A Program of Media Reform Zillah Eisenstein - Renewing Intersectionality Part 4 - New Social Imagination Mark Fisher - Post-Capitalist Desire Franco Berardi Bifo - The Transversal Function of Disentaglement Saul Newman - Why Do We Obey Federico Campagna - Squandering Part 5 - Tactics of Struggle David Graeber - Revolution of Common Sense Nina Power - Winning the Media War Alberto Toscano - Reforming the Unreformable Solidarity Federation - Direct Action and Unmediated Struggle Afterword John Holloway - Rage Against the Rule of Money Acknowledgments Index