Toward Utopia

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Exploring the potential and the limits of anarchism: a long bike ride to Athens

Everything in Exarchia gets lent and borrowed, everything gets traded.  Above all perhaps the most valuable asset: time.

by AntiDote’s Laurent Moeri

 2011 was the year of Occupations.  From Cairo, through Athens, to New York, Frankfurt and Zürich, people grabbed their tents and made themselves some space to voice their grievances.  But not only that—they established free spaces in which, away from commercialized party politics, they reclaimed the empty husk of democracy and began filling it with life again.

At first glance, the uprisings against dictatorship in North Africa and the waves of protest through Western metropoles didn’t appear to have much in common.  Yet they were unified in their impulse to break out of coercive, repressive structures.
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For a Theory of Destituent Power

This is the transcript of a public lecture by Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben delivered to a packed auditorium in Athens on November 16, 2013 and recently published by Chronos.

Invitation and organization by Nicos Poulantzas Institute and SYRIZA Youth

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A reflection on the destiny of democracy today here in Athens is in some ways disturbing, because it obliges us to think of the end of democracy in the very place where it was born. As a matter of fact, the hypothesis I would like to suggest is that the prevailing governamental paradigm in Europe today is not only non-democratic, but that it also cannot be considered political. I will try, therefore, to show that European society today is no longer a political society: it is something entirely new, for which we lack proper terminology.  We have therefore to invent a new strategy.Continue Reading

Der Utopie entgegen

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Das Potenzial und die Grenzen des Anarchismus ausloten: Von einer langen Radtour nach Athen

Von Antidote’s Laurent Moeri

Zweitausendelf war das Jahr der Platzbesetzungen. Von Kairo über Athen bis nach New York, Frankfurt und Zürich ergriffen Bürger ihre Zelte und verschafften ihrem Unmut Platz. Aber nicht nur das: Sie errichteten auch Freiräume, in denen sie sich, fernab von kommerzialisierter Parteipolitik, wieder anmassten, die entleerte Hülle der Demokratie mit Inhalten zu füllen. Die Aufstände gegen die Diktaturen Nordafrikas und die Protestwellen in westlichen Metropolen scheinen auf den ersten Blick wenig gemeinsam zu haben. Und doch: Vereint werden sie durch das Verlangen, aufoktroyierte und unterdrückende Strukturen zu durchbrechen.Continue Reading

Neo-Nazi Frequencies

By Coraline for the Barbarian Review

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The far right is a hot topic right now and Chrissi Avgi\Golden Dawn (GD) are increasingly making headlines all over Europe, as this recently small neo-Nazi group suddenly stumbles onto the political stage; rabid and unclean compared to many of its European cousins, punching and threatening and speaking of civil war whilst for a long time no one does anything even though migrants and other undesirables are beaten and killed, and the cops are participating actively or at least not preventing it as the government tries its best to do even better in its own bureaucratic way. The murder of the antifascist Pavlos Fyssas by a GD member has created a sharp u-turn that recently saw surprised members of GD marching on their own as cops busted in on them and the state went antifascist. I have chosen the term ‘far-right’ to act as a massive umbrella term under which fascists, Nazis, xenophobic populists and nationalists can be categorised. I know that this is a simplification, but simplification is necessary if one is to talk about a new political climate which is spreading over Europe, a climate which is created by many groups with differing backgrounds and ideologies but which most significantly is characterised by racism and cultural protectionism. When analysing Golden Dawn it is relevant to look at Greek history as well as the ideologies of fascism and national socialism, but the international context is also important. If we look at international connections between GD and other far right groups, we can narrow our definitions, because we find the solidarity coming from a very specific political grouping: the neo-Nazis.Continue Reading

Eyes With No Memory See Nothing

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The situation in Greece is reaching a point comparable to that of mid-1930s Spain. On the brink of civil war, as a lab rat in the ongoing neoliberal austerity experiment, Greek society is being pushed further and further towards the complete obliteration of democratically achieved civil and human rights and is becoming a festering sore of rightwing nationalism.Continue Reading

Knüppel für unsere Träume

Von Antidotes’ Laurent Moeri

Die griechische Gesellschaft ist nun an einem Punkt, an dem es Spanien Mitte der 30er Jahre des vergangenen Jahrhundert gleicht. Ein Land das kurz vor dem Bürgerkrieg steht, als Testratte in einem Labor der neoliberalen Sparpolitik, gedrängt zur Vernichtung demokratisch erlangter Rechte und Brutstätte des wieder wuchernden Geschwürs des Nationalismus.Continue Reading