Tragedy of the Market: From Crisis to Commons January 6-8, 2012 Vancouver/Burnaby
All panelist biographies are here: Below are some lessons learned and observations from the sessions.
The opening panel is recorded in the Twitter storify here.
Opening Panel A Global Tradition: History of the Commons
Rebuilding our Commons will allow us to live in a free and self-determined way. When we talk about the Commons, we are not talking about small-scale experiments like communes, but whole social formations. The Commons involves sharing our resources because nature is not for sale. The principle of common . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Day Two of Tragedy of the Market: From Crisis to Commons
This weekend I attended Tragedy of the Market: From Crisis to Commons community gathering in Vancouver and Burnaby, sponsored by these groups and people.
The basic premise is not so much that capitalism is broken, and we just need to fix it, but that neoliberal market fundamentalism is inherently broken when we’re thinking about sustainability, equity and building a healthy future, largely because capitalism is diametrically opposed to the commons and rich community.
All panelist biographies are here.
Below is a storified collection of tweets from the opening night.
[View the story “Tragedy of the Market: Opening” on Storify
Like clockwork, the corporate media are swinging into action. Or perhaps like robots.
Either way, the narrative is being reinforced and amplified. Just now on CTV a “news” report is pegging the cost of Occupy at something over $714,000. Police, EMS, landscaping, etc.
Cue the manufactured resentment and the divide-and-conquer rhetoric: dirty fucking hippies taking over a public space, with all the usual triggers: rampant drug use noise filth street people nuisance drumming
and the rest of it we can recite in our sleep: hostility, local residents and businesses intimidated by the menacing anarchists, and OMG people are afraid to
. . . → Read More: Fiscal demonization of @OccupyTO continues on CTV | #classwarfare
In this special Christmas episode of The Krellant, Frank Feltman tells a story of holiday mishap, and his rescue from one unlikely cat…in verse!
To all Canadian Consumers: Season’s Greetings. All is still well. Shop until you drop.
We repeat, Season’s Greetings. All is still well. Shop until you drop.
Your dollars help to support good-paying Canadian service jobs and bring much-needed employment to residents of developing countries, who we should be thinking of at this time of year.
And remember, pay no attention to that pesky man behind the curtain. Recommend this Post
Noted w/o comment:
Time Magazine covers – December 5, 2011
Can’t Black Friday, one of the most consumer centered days on the calendar, just be about consumerism? Sure, on Boxing Day we can pretend it is really about lofty ideals of family and the great Judeo-Christian ethic opposed to a mad fury to acquire as much stuff as cheaply as possible. But can’t we drop these pretenses and just call Black Friday for what it is?
Apparently not. Several articles out on Black Friday seem to aim for a much rosier and more meaningful view of Black Friday:
”…the family bonds together in the face of perceived adversity (i.e.
. . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Black Friday: Searching for community in a consumer world
According to the AP: “A record number of shoppers could head to stores across the country to take advantage of deals during the kickoff to the holiday shopping weekend.”
Interesting to think that 10,000 rabid consumers lined up outside Macy’s in the dead of night eager to save a few bucks on discounted material crap is about the same number of people that were marching in the streets of New York on OCW’s “Day of Action” protesting corporate greed and malfeasance. Go figure.
The whole notion of “holiday shopping” sickens me. This year, I’m thinking of buying a goat
. . . → Read More: Red Tory v.3.0.3: Black Friday
Alltop just watches youtube all day.
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