rodrigo nunes on Sun, 3 Jan 2010 08:00:45 +0100 (CET)

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<nettime-ann> Out Now: Turbulence 5, 'And now for something completely different?'


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Until recently, anyone who suggested nationalising the banks would have been derided as a âquackâ and a âcrankâ, as lacking the most basic understanding of the functioning of a âcomplex, globalised worldâ. The grip of âorthodoxyâ disqualified the idea, and many more, without the need even to offer a counter-argument.

And yet, in this time of intersecting crises, when it seems like everything could, and should, have changed, it paradoxically feels as though very little has. Individuals and companies have hunkered down to try and ride out the crisis. Nationalisations and government spending have been used to prevent change, not initiate it. Anger and protest have erupted around different aspects of the crises, but no common or consistent reaction has seemed able to cohere. We appear unable to move on.

For many years, social movements could meet and recognise one another on the *common ground* of rejecting neoliberalism, societyâs old *middle ground* -- those discourses and practices that defined the centre of the political field. The crisis of the middle has meant a crumbling of the common.

And what now? Will neoliberalism continue to stumble on without direction, zombie-like? Or, is it time for something completely different?


Turbulence, âLife in limbo?â

Gifford Hartman, âCalifornia in Crisis: Everything touched by capital turns toxicâ

Bini Adamczak and Anna Dost, âWhat would it mean to lose? On the history of actually-existing failureâ

Frieder Otto Wolf and Tadzio Mueller, âGreen New Deal: Dead end or pathway beyond capitalism?â

p.m., âItâs all about potatoes and computers: Recipes for the cook-shops of the futureâ

Colectivo Situaciones, âDisquiet in the impasseâ

George Caffentzis, ââEverything must change so that everything can stay the sameâ: Notes on Obamaâs Energy Planâ

Walter Mignolo, âThe communal and the decolonialâ

Massimo De Angelis, âThe tragedy of the capitalist commonsâ

Rebecca Solnit, âFalling Togetherâ

Rodrigo Nunes, âWhat were you wrong about ten years ago?â


âa collection of texts, ten years after the protests against the World Trade Organisation in Seattle, asking people from across the global movement, âWhat were you wrong about ten years ago?â, at t-10.

Contributors to the feature are: David Solnit, Gustavo Esteva, Emir Sader, Phil McLeish, Rubia Salgado, JoÃo Pedro StÃdile, A CrimethInc ex-Worker, Precarias a la Deriva, Trevor Ngwane, Marcela and Oscar Olivera, Heloisa Primavera, Chris Carlsson, The Free Association, David Bleakney, Olivier de Marcellus, Go Hirasawa and Sabu Kohso, John Clarke, Guy Taylor, Thomas Seibert, Dr Simon Lewis, Amador FernÃndez-Savater.

The Issue is illustrated by the photo series âFlat Horizonâ by Marcos Vilas Boas.

Turbulence: Ideas for Movement are: David Harvie, Keir Milburn, Tadzio Mueller, Rodrigo Nunes, Michal Osterweil, Kay Summer, Ben Trott.


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