Koledar dogodkov

Apr
28
Sun
Panel discussion – The Commons: From Primitive Accumulation to Communism @ Stara mesta elektrarna - Elektro Ljubljana, Slomškova 18, Ljubljana
Apr 28 @ 11:00 – 12:30
Panel discussion - The Commons: From Primitive Accumulation to Communism @ Stara mesta elektrarna - Elektro Ljubljana, Slomškova 18, Ljubljana

It is impossible to talk about primitive accumulation without talking about commons. On the other hand, the reverse is not just possible but seems to be the norm, at least since commons began to gain general public currency after Ostrom’s Nobel prize and Hardt and Negri’s popularisations. Relieved from their role in specialist historiographical discussion about the transition to communism, commons nowadays seem to be on everyone’s lips. But the upsurge of the popularity of the commons, both as a theoretical concept and as a political idea, comes at a price. At least locally, commons seem to gain popularity in inverse proportion to the concept of primitive accumulation.

Thus liberated from their anti-capitalist (or, at the very least, pre-capitalist) charge, commons began to function as a projection screen for the same old weary left-liberal political fantasies and to take up space abandoned by the notion of civil society. Neither state nor market – so it must be civil society, or, in a somewhat modernised left liberal speak, the community. Safe and responsible enough to be included in ‘sustainable development’ agendas, but still appearing fresh and radical, commons seem like a godsend to exhausted left liberal political imaginary.

But there is another trajectory of thinking about the commons, one that doesn’t see them as community ghettos but as a way to transform (and, in a long term, transcend) the existing society. This involves taking the struggles to the workplace, social services, political and financial institutions, and breaking with the reductionist view of the commons as involving only natural resources and selected goods (like health or knowledge). Why shouldn’t money, state budget, public utilities and means of productions be common?

Potential topics of discussion include:

a critique of reductionist/liberal theory of the commons;

the commons in historical perspective;

material and immaterial commons;

public (goods, services, utilities) and/versus common;

commons and communism (socialised production, withering away of the state, abolishment of wage labour).

Apr
29
Mon
David McNally – Primitive Accumulation, Migrant Workers and Social Reproduction in the Age of Austerity @ Stara mesta elektrarna - Elektro Ljubljana, Slomškova 18, Ljubljana
Apr 29 @ 18:00 – 20:00
David McNally - Primitive Accumulation, Migrant Workers and Social Reproduction in the Age of Austerity @ Stara mesta elektrarna - Elektro Ljubljana, Slomškova 18, Ljubljana

The Age of Austerity ushered in by the global crisis of 2008-9 centrally involves cheapening the reproduction of labour-power by means of reducing both private wages and the social wage administered by the state. These policies have decided class, gender, racial and generational dimensions. To properly elucidate these dimensions, however, requires that we also grasp ongoing primitive accumulation as a crucial ‘moment’ in the austerity agenda. To accomplish this means addressing the role of the reproduction of the global reserve army of labour, and of precarious migrant workers, in the restructuring of labour-power on a world scale.

In order to develop the theory of primitive accumulation in these directions, this paper returns to tensions in Marx’s account of the social reproduction of labour-power. Here I argue that not only does Marx’s conceptualization require a gender analysis, but that it also needs to be developed with respect to the problematic of labour migration. I show where Marx points to ways in which we might do this. The analysis presented underlines the decisive importance of an anti-racist defence of migrant workers for any effective working class politics in the Age of Austerity.

David McNally is Professor of Political Science at York University and a leading member of the New Socialist Group (www.newsocialist.org). He has written extensively on the critique of political economy. His publications include Global Slump: The Economics and Politics of Crisis and Resistance and Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires and Global Capitalism. 

Prvotna akumulacija, migrantski delavci in družbena reprodukcija v dobi varčevanja

Doba varčevanja, ki jo je povzročila svetovna kriza iz let 2008–2009, v veliki meri temelji na pocenitvi reprodukcije delovne sile s pomočjo zniževanja tako zasebne mezde kakor družbene mezde, s katero upravlja država. Te politike so odločilno posegle v razredna, spolna, rasna in generacijska razmerja. Da bi jih lahko celovito osvetliti, pa moramo upoštevati tudi trenutno prvotno akumulacijo kot ključni »moment« varčevalne politike. Zato moramo analizirati vlogo, ki jo pri preoblikovanju delovne sile na svetovni ravni igrajo reprodukcija svetovne rezervne armade delovne sile in prekarni migrantski delavci.

Da bi lahko razvili teorijo prvotne akumulacije s tega gledišča, se bomo vrnili k napetosti v Marxovi obravnavi družbene reprodukcije delovne sile. Pokazali bomo, da Marxova konceptualizacija potrebuje ne samo analizo spolov, temveč jo je treba razviti tudi z vidika delavske migracije. Izpostavili bomo mesta, kjer nam to omogoča sam Marx. Predstavljena analiza bo poudarila ključnost antirasistične obrambe migrantskih delavcev za učinkovito politiko delavskega razreda v dobi varčevanja.

David McNally je profesor na kanadski Univerzi York in eden vodilnih članov kolektiva New Socialist (www.newsocialist.org). Ukvarja se s kritiko politične ekonomije. Med drugim je objavil knjigi Global Slump: The Economics and Politics of Crisis and Resistance in Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires and Global Capitalism.

Lectures & Predavanja:
Global Crisis – Global Resistance
“Labour-Power and Social Reproduction: From Capital to the Current Crisis”

Apr
30
Tue
Panel discussion – A Socialist Alternative @ Stara mesta elektrarna - Elektro Ljubljana, Slomškova 18, Ljubljana
Apr 30 @ 13:00 – 14:30
Panel discussion - A Socialist Alternative @ Stara mesta elektrarna - Elektro Ljubljana, Slomškova 18, Ljubljana

From Tahrir Square to Zuccotti Park, from Athens to Madrid, millions have mobilised and are mobilising against the dictatorship of capital, whatever its local expression might be. Although such massive protests and upheavals would have been unimaginable just a few years ago, with the onset of the great recession in 2008, it seems millions are saying, once again and in a united voice: ‘We have nothing to lose but our chains!’ History that was halted and buried by the epigones of the ruling class has escalated and made visible what will always determine the capitalist system of production: a class-divided society driven by werewolf’s hunger for surplus-labour.

Inspiring as these events are, they have yet to seriously challenge the accumulation of capital. In achieving such long-term goals, questions of a more steady organisation beyond occasional protests inevitably have to be addressed. It is crucial to conceptualise policies as well as organisational forms that will not only pose demands, but will also have the strength to achieve them. Michael Lebowitz put it succinctly when, criticising the old saying ‘If you don’t know where you’re going, any road’ll take you there’, he stressed that the contrary is actually the case: if we don’t know where we are going, no road will take us there.

It is precisely at this point that imagining and developing a socialist alternative is of crucial importance. This involves both practical and theoretical work, as it is equally important to envision such society or the goal we are trying to achieve, while at the same time working on the practical, organisational issues, that is, measures through which the goal can be achieved. One of the most urgent tasks at hand is to improve the living conditions of the working class and to effectively combat the austerity measures that are devastating it. This panel will tackle both these issues in envisioning the society in which full human development will finally be possible and in which mankind will achieve the ascent from kingdom of necessity to the kingdom of freedom.

Nov
21
Thu
Anej Korsika – Država, partija in revolucija @ Sindikalna dvorana Elektra Ljubljana (vhod Stara mestna elektrarna - Elektro Ljubljana, Slomškova 18)
Nov 21 @ 18:00 – 20:00
Anej Korsika - Država, partija in revolucija @ Sindikalna dvorana Elektra Ljubljana (vhod Stara mestna elektrarna - Elektro Ljubljana, Slomškova 18)

Svetovna kriza kapitalizma poteka v času, ko je socializem kot svetovni proces na eni svojih najnižjih zgodovinskih točk, če ne celo na najnižji. Neznosen življenjski položaj vseh, ki morajo za preživetje prodajati svojo delovno silo, in vse bolj zaostrujoča se protislovja med svetovnim centrom in periferijo nas silijo, da na svoj položaj naposled pogledamo s treznimi očmi. Za meščansko družbo je v tem smislu značilna nenehna državljanska vojna, ki poteka v obliki razrednega boja. V času krize postane ta boj še vidnejši in neizprosnejši, razpadanje družbe v dva velika, nasproti si stoječa si razreda pa še hitrejše. Razred kapitalistov ima vse – medijsko, vojaško, in politično industrijo, torej celotno meščansko državo –, delavski razred pa nima ničesar. Vprašanje organiziranosti socialistične politike in delavskega razreda proti državi in skozi državo zato ni nekakšno tehnično vprašanje, temveč najpomembnejše teoretsko vprašanje našega časa. Šele z odgovarjanjem nanj se bo lahko realno obstoječa levica končno povzpela na raven zgodovinske naloge, ki leži pred njo. V nasprotju s tistimi, ki poudarjajo, da je danes nespametno in nevarno govoriti o revolucionarni družbeni preobrazbi (Janis Varoufakis) in da je treba z radikalnimi spremembami počakati na konec krize, bomo skupaj z Marxom poudarili, da je revolucija mogoča zgolj kot posledica krize in da v času splošne blaginje o njej ne more biti govora. Zato je danes nujno, da ponovno začnemo razmišljati o razmerju med državo, partijo in revolucijo.

K tej razpravi bomo pristopili z analizo oktobrske revolucije, in sicer zgodovinskih okoliščin, ki so do nje privedle, in teoretskih prispevkov njenih glavnih nosilcev, predvsem Vladimirja Iljiča Lenina. V nasprotju s tistimi tokovi sodobne levice, ki v partijski disciplini, demokratičnem centralizmu in drugih načelih, po katerih so delovali boljševiki, vidijo največje nevarnosti, bomo poudarili, da je za realno obstoječo levico še nevarnejše in še bolj lahkomiselno ignoriranje tega nadvse pomembnega dela zgodovine. Šele s temeljito analizo je namreč mogoče pokazati na realne omejitve tega projekta, ga na ta način okrepiti in prignati naprej.

Anej Korsika je član Delavsko-punkerske univerze in Iniciative za demokratični socializem.