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Jan
14

Direct democracy and a politics of becoming

By MAPLE RAZSA Colby College & ANDREJ KURNIK Published in The Journal of American Ethnologist (May 8, 2012) ABSTRACT: In an otherwise sympathetic speech to Occupy Wall Street, Slavoj Zizek dismissed protesters’ pursuit of ˇ direct democracy as a “dream.” In no small part responding to a perceived crisis of representative politics, however, the popular movements that swept […]

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Jan
05

The Subversive Act of Joy

Joy or in the old French, joie, based on Latin gaudium, from gaudere ‘rejoice’ is a curious word for us today and this for three reasons: first because in an age where we are threatened by so many things, radical climate change; the ubiquitous and irrational fear of the unseen “terrorist”; the precarious capitalist market that’s […]

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Dec
30

Interview with Prof. Franco “Bifo” Berardi

“If we want to insist on the neoliberal way, we might as well declare Europe dead” Photo credits: Franco “Bifo” Berardi” by “MACBA” is licensed under “CC-BY-SA” / Modified from original: “Cropped”   What does it mean to be a worker in contemporary Europe? Our contributor Creston Davis sat down with Franco “Bifo” Berardi to find […]

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Dec
23

GCAS Ends the Year Celebrating

  This has been an amazing year at the Global Center. We have taught and engaged with over 100,000 people in over 80 countries around the world. There’s so much to celebrate including successfully organizing the historic conference, “Democracy Rising” in Athens, Greece; organizing the award-winning workshop, “Democracy Rising” at the Commons in Brooklyn, New […]

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Dec
14

Renowned Economist, Richard Wolff to Speak at GCAS

We are pleased that the renowned economist, Richard Wolff will be speaking in our “Democracy Rising” workshop at the Brooklyn Commons this Saturday at 11 am (Dec 19). The event is free and open to the public (with a suggested donation of $10 that will go to support Democracy at Work). Lecture Title:  “Capitalist Decline and […]

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Dec
13

Reflections on GCAS’ “Democracy Rising” Workshop

Cover Photo of Masha Alyokhina (Pussy Riot) and Manos Cizek in the Democracy Rising Workshop at the Brooklyn Commons, New York. Over the past few months, GCAS has organized a workshop designed to formulate the groundwork for thinking seriously about new and necessary social and economic rearrangements. This has been pursued by drawing on leading activists, […]

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Dec
13

“The Advent of Contingency” by Christopher Satoor

The Advent of Contingency, An Ethics of the Fourth World; and the Divine Inexistence: A Meillassouxian ‘Spectral Dilemma’ By: Christopher Satoor York University Introduction Quentin Meillassoux’s ‘Spectral Dilemma offers philosophy an answer to an age old problem, one that Pascal had intimated on in the wager. Is it better to believe in God for life […]

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Dec
09

Once a colonialist, always a colonialist

In the 16th century England, France and Holland, wished to gain control of the seas so as to exploit the colonies made by Spain and Portugal. In order to pursue that goal, beside other means, they used pirates. These pirates had three goals: first to raid ships, second to find and sell slaves and third […]

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