Koledar dogodkov

Apr
4
Thu
Mislav Žitko – Rekonstitucija centralnega bančništva in socializacija bank @ Klub Gromka, Metelkova, Ljubljana
Apr 4 @ 18:00 – 20:00
Mislav Žitko - Rekonstitucija centralnega bančništva in socializacija bank @ Klub Gromka, Metelkova, Ljubljana

Delavsko-punkerska univerza vabi na predavanje iz tematskega ciklusa Dvojna kriza evrointegracij, ki bo v četrtek, 4. aprila 2013 ob 18:00 uri v Klubu gromka na Metelkovi.

Tekom sedanje krize so posamezne države EU večkrat nacionalizirale banke, da bi jih rešile pred propadom. A kamlu se je pokazalo, da, vsaj s stališča tistih, ki jih je kriza najbolj prizadela (odpuščeni delavci, javni uslužbenci, uporabniki socialnih storitev), zgolj nacionalizacija bank ni rešitev, saj so banke takoj po prejemu reševalnih paketov nadaljevale z dotedanjimi praksami, četudi so postale (začasno ali trajno) državne. Še več, podržavljanje bank je še dodatno obremenilo zaradi krize že tako šibke državne proračune in sprožilo nov val varčevalnih ukrepov, ki so še poslabšali materialni standard prebivalstva.

Da bi banke dejansko postale institucije, ki delujejo v javnem interesu, je potrebno več kot njihovo podržavljenje – potrebna je njihova socializacija. Predavanje bo namenjeno teoretičnemu in praktičnemu razmisleku o poteku socializacije bank in vlogi nacionalnih centralnih bank v tem procesu.

Mislav Žitko je asistent na Filozofski fakulteti v Zagrebu in aktivist. Raziskovalno se ukvarja s teorijami denarja, zgodovino bančništva, marksistično teorijo vrednosti in epistemologijo.
Apr
30
Tue
Panel discussion – Primitive Accumulation as a Factor in Fiscal Sustainability Policies @ Stara mesta elektrarna - Elektro Ljubljana, Slomškova 18, Ljubljana
Apr 30 @ 11:00 – 12:30
Panel discussion - Primitive Accumulation as a Factor in Fiscal Sustainability Policies @ Stara mesta elektrarna - Elektro Ljubljana, Slomškova 18, Ljubljana

The management and manipulation of crises is, according to David Harvey, one of the most important features of the so-called accumulation by dispossession, that is, the continuation and proliferation of accumulation practises that were grasped by Marx as ‘primitive’ or ‘original’. Debt crises, especially in the peripheral countries of the capitalist world-system, have been quite common since the 1980s (having even become endemic in the Latin American countries) and have as a rule been managed and controlled according to the recipes of the representatives of creditors, international financial institutions such as the IMF, and the governments of the core capitalist countries. The ‘fine art’ of dealing with the crises of the countries that have fallen into the debt trap has thus become an efficient instrument of the agents of capital in ‘rationalising’ subordinate peripheral economies as well as redistributing assets from the poor countries to the rich ones. The processes of what neoliberal economists call ‘confiscatory deflation’, which usually follow a crisis, are, for Harvey, nothing but practices of accumulation by dispossession.

The countries of the southern and eastern peripheries of the EU and the eurozone, such as Hungary, Romania, Greece and Portugal, have been the first to experience a severe debt crisis in the EU. They have been the first victims of harsh austerity measures and ‘structural adjustment’ policies imposed by the troika (IMF, ECB and the EC). This panel discussion will address the following question: Should the current ‘fiscal sustainability policies’ for managing and controlling the debt crisis in the peripheries of the EU and the eurozone – that is, policies that include draining public funds by means of high interest rates on sovereign bonds, programmes of privatisation of assets that have so far been public, etc. – be seen as practices of primitive accumulation, that is, of accumulation by dispossession?