Aufheben #19 (2011) out now

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Dec 11 2010 22:41
Aufheben #19 (2011) out now

Aufheben #19 (2011) OUT NOW

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Return of the crisis part 2: The nature and significance of the crisis
In the last issue, we gave an account of the immediately apparent causes and unfolding of the recent financial crisis, which began with the ‘credit crunch’ in the summer of 2007 and which culminated with near meltdown of the global financial system following the collapse of Lehman Brothers in the autumn of 2008. Here, in Part II of our article, we step back to consider the nature and significance of this crisis by looking at its deeper and longer term causes.
In order to overcome the limitations of existing Marxist and radical theories of the crisis, we shall argue that it is necessary to consider far more closely the relation between the emergence and development of global banking and finance and the global restructuring of real capital accumulation that has occurred over the past thirty years. We argue that the emergence of global banking and finance has played a central role in the restructuring of global capital accumulation that brought about the long economic upswing between the early 1990s and 2007. We will then show how the continued economic restructuring of the real accumulation of capital over the past decade sowed the seeds for the crisis at the very heart of the global banking system.

The renewed imposition of work in the era of austerity: Prospects for resistance
Before the crisis of 2008, the New Labour government had launched renewed efforts to impose work with the ‘Welfare Reforms’ of 2007-9. These reforms were aimed at forcing the sick, lone parents, the elderly and the long-term unemployed to compete on the labour market. With the crisis and then the election of the new coalition government, these reforms have been intensified, with actual cuts to benefit rates as part of a larger austerity programme that is threatening mass job losses. These proposals have now triggered a substantial response from the left, and this article analyses the current situation and its contradictions. From here we consider the question of whether a mass movement against welfare cuts is possible.

Earthquakes, crack-heads and utopias. Review article: A paradise built in hell: The extraordinary communities that arise in disasters by Rebecca Solnit
Can communities of resilience become communities of resistance? In this article we take John Holloway’s recent book Crack capitalism as the jumping off and landing point for a review of another, connected, book, Rebecca Solnit’s A paradise built in hell. Solnit’s six case studies of spontaneous communities of mutual aid arising from disasters – including the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, 9-11, and Hurricane Katrina – turn on its head the notion that emergencies and disasters are a case of ‘everyone for himself’. They each offer an inspirational glimpse of how life could be. Holloway appears to go further by describing these accidental communities as one example of the ‘cracks’ that could lead to social change. Disturbingly however, his idea of change can too often sound like co-existence within the interstices of capitalism. Solnit’s less grandiloquent account gives a partial explanation for why we should not see ‘communities in disaster’ as catalysts for worldwide revolution.

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Dec 12 2010 02:57

Whoa, 2011?! it's like a communique from an absent future.

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Dec 12 2010 05:49

Hands off, I've already copyrighted -- err, I mean communized it.

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Dec 12 2010 21:47

I know it's pretty random but it reminds me of 'Exiles from a Future Time' ...........
(The Forging of the Mid 20th century Literary Left by Alan Wald) .

Also, got all excited there. Thought there was a new Aufheben then realized it was the one I bought at the bookfair!

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Dec 12 2010 21:59

Is this available online - or do the victims of austerity attacks have to go proletarian shopping at Housmans or Freedom?

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Dec 13 2010 07:32
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Is this available online

I think they usually wait at least a couple of months before putting their latest issue on online.

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Dec 13 2010 11:40
waslax wrote:
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Is this available online

I think they usually wait at least a couple of months before putting their latest issue on online.

when a new issue comes out they allow us to put up the previous issue

revol: http://libcom.org/library/communique-absent-future

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Dec 13 2010 13:48
Nate wrote:
Whoa, 2011?! it's like a communique from an absent future.

It's the 'Beano book model', comrade. The Beano annual comes out just before Xmas, dated for the next year. This way it remains in date for a whole year (i.e. until we manage to get the next one together).

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Dec 13 2010 13:49
playinghob wrote:
I know it's pretty random but it reminds me of 'Exiles from a Future Time' ...........
(The Forging of the Mid 20th century Literary Left by Alan Wald) .

Also, got all excited there. Thought there was a new Aufheben then realized it was the one I bought at the bookfair!

yes, you're right on both counts. It's a new Aufheben AND it's the one you bought at the bookfair.

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Dec 13 2010 13:51
Tommy Ascaso wrote:
Samotnaf wrote:
Is this available online - or do the victims of austerity attacks have to go proletarian shopping at Housmans or Freedom?

You can get it here:

http://libcom.org/aufheben/buy

Yes indeed, do that and I'll post you a copy. There are also numerous distributors who can mail you copies, some of which are managing to undercut us. Up to you to find out who, though!

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Dec 13 2010 13:53
Steven. wrote:
waslax wrote:
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Is this available online

I think they usually wait at least a couple of months before putting their latest issue on online.

when a new issue comes out they allow us to put up the previous issue

revol: http://libcom.org/library/communique-absent-future

Or, put differently, when a new issue comes out Libcom allow us to have the previous issue uploaded to their site (when they have internet at their house, or when they can borrow their dad's computer).

smile

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Dec 13 2010 17:59
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You can get it here:

http://libcom.org/aufheben/buy

No but you can't though, is the thing. There the "current issue" is listed as #18, can't figure out how to order #19 that way.

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Dec 13 2010 22:35
husunzi wrote:
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You can get it here:

http://libcom.org/aufheben/buy

No but you can't though, is the thing. There the "current issue" is listed as #18, can't figure out how to order #19 that way.

Yes, that is annoying. You can always 'PM Joseph Kay For website problems'.

Seriously, tho, just add a note in your paypal order saying you want #19 (the latest issue). And all back issues are at a reduced price, so any orders for 3.50 coming in now will be assumed to be for #19.

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Dec 13 2010 22:59

You know this exists yeah?

Communique from an Absent Future
http://libcom.org/library/communique-absent-future

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Dec 14 2010 02:16

that's fucked up that those people ripped off Aufheben's idea. Shame on them.

(jokes aside, I'm looking forward to reading the new Aufheben, kudos to y'all for putting it out.)

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Dec 14 2010 10:57

Surely if you think you can affect events in some way you should be putting it online immediately.

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Oct 30 2011 12:17

Well, if issue 20 has been released, could someone please put the texts from issue 19 on libcom?

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Oct 30 2011 12:40

Will get on it...

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Oct 30 2011 21:01

Issue 19's now online here.