Because the serial failures of capitalism’s present crisis—economic, political, environmental—continue to batter the area, Black field: A list of the Catastrophe is a tool for recording, reading, and transmitting occasions as they ensue. however it deals neither dire predictions nor fake hopes. as an alternative, it embraces the secret of what may possibly transpire. The observe “catastrophe” has now not continuously signified “disaster”; throughout the 16th century, particularly in theater, it got here to intend “a reversal of what's expected.” Black Box is eventually a documentary undertaking, a list of the disaster, yet it’s an open query the place the inquiry will take us. it can be a checklist of the disastrous finish. Or it can be a checklist of the turning.
The first quantity includes an eclectic yet obtainable choice of reportage, interviews, letters, fragments, and theoretical responses from a few of the brightest minds in serious idea. Its authors have despatched dispatches from American felony yards, the transport graveyards of India, deadly abroad drone moves, roads crisscrossing the Mississippi Delta, childhoods in progressive Zimbabwe, and kitchens the place undocumented staff wash dishes. through taking a wide geographical and aesthetic stance, Black Box can be a constellation of rules and knowledge that issues towards the future—whatever it could hold.
The Black field Collective emerged after numerous years of symposia, analyzing teams, summer time camps, wood-splitting, and barn-raising. The poets, reporters, teachers, metaphysicians, artists, and strategists of the collective assemble frequently at a retired dairy farm within the foothills of the Cascade Mountains north of Seattle to discover realization, group, and the stream of communizing/commonizing currents. Black Box is our first try to gather a critique that would wake up us from the dream global that's so successfully reproduced by means of capitalist culture.
“What occurs in case you stroll away? What occurs should you don’t? Black Box is either a philosophy of the road and a poetics of innovative come upon. I supply my ecstatic help to its ‘curriculum of shocks.’ this can be a rare new magazine. each web page is voltage, orientation, verge.” —Bhanu Kapil, writer of Ban en Banlieue
“To imagine opposed to and past the human disaster that's capitalism, we have to holiday down partitions, open doorways, go thresholds, communize anywhere we can—a black field no longer as containment yet as point of interest of the circulate of undefined, undefinable rupture.” —John Holloway, writer of Change the realm with out Taking strength: The which means of Revolution Today
“Black Box subverts the implicit time table of so much media shops to disclaim the reality or to distract us from it. The magazine investigates what's, an important step in the direction of realizing what must be.” —Gabor Maté, M.D., writer of In the area of Hungry Ghosts: shut Encounters with Addiction
“Black Box is both our jointly written obituary or a time pill of capitalism in its dying throes. Let’s make it the latter.” —Will Potter, writer of Green Is the recent purple: An Insider’s Account of a Social flow lower than Siege
“We only express the realm what it truly is combating for, and awareness is whatever that it has to obtain, no matter if it doesn't are looking to. The reform of recognition is composed only in making the area conscious of its personal realization, in awakening it out of its dream approximately itself, in explaining to it the that means of its personal activities. Our entire item can basically be … to offer spiritual and philosophical questions the shape akin to guy who has develop into aware of himself.” —Karl Marx, writer of Capital: A Critique of Political Economy
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In Bolivia, too, the people who reversed the privatization of water had a long tradition of communal struggle. Building this solidarity, understanding how we can overcome the divisions between us, is a task that must be placed on the agenda. In conclusion, the main problem of precarious labor theory is that it does not give us the tools to overcome the way we are being divided. But these divisions, which are continuously recreated, are our fundamental weaknesses with regard to our capacity to resist exploitation and create an equitable society.
In Italy, in recent years, precarious labor has been one of the main terrains of mobilization together with the struggle for immigrant rights. I do not want to minimize the work that is taking place around issues of precarity. Clearly, what we have seen in the last decade is a new kind of struggle. A new kind of organizing is taking place, breaking away from the confines of the traditional workplace. Where the workplace was the factory VOLUME ONE 45 or the office, we now see a kind of struggle that goes out from the factory to the “territory,” connecting different places of work and building movements and organizations rooted in the territory.
This is not an overcoming of fear in the sense that one is able to act despite fear, but an absence of fear. This second type of courage is naturally preceded by fear and other conditions, but appears unpredictably when an unknown tipping point is reached. 3 The courage during the Benghazi funeral processions was certainly honorable and remarkable, but media reports about the protesters did not reflect language that was particularly religious, only the most casual and formulaic statements about “God being with them” that day because their heads weren’t blown off.
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