This article, on insistent protests against an environmentallt destructive mining project in Romania, was written for ROARmag.org, where a slightly differently edited version can already be found, together with a very useful comment on the article.
In this 2011 text, Miguel Amorós claims that the city is no longer the privileged site for revolutionary social change as a result of the destruction of working class neighborhoods, the atomization of the working class, and the transformation of the city into a hybrid space “that fluctuates between the sports stadium, the shopping mall and the prison”, and that urban struggles must link up with rural struggles (“the defense of territory”) in order to achieve “the positive supersession of the city-country opposition”, by creating “counter-institutions” and liberating spaces for non-capitalist relations in the cities and, most importantly, in the countryside.
Miguel Amorós argues that the traditional mechanisms of social control and integration (parties and trade unions) have been undermined by capitalist development itself; that “the real crisis is the one that derives from the radical incompatibility of capitalism with life on Earth”, the crisis of the “external limits” of capitalism; that the “social question” thus assumes the form of the “defense of territory”, of “a different way of life”, and “the rural world” against the depredations of “sustainable development”; and that, “for real protest, the institutionalized opposition is the problem, the enemy and the main threat”.
Paper by Mark A Haskell on the boycotts by Australian construction workers of environmentally destructive projects in the 1970s.
René Riesel’s reflections on the anti-GMO sabotage campaigns of 1998-2001 in France, the subsequent responses of the supporters of GMO research, the Montpellier and Agen trials and the resulting opportunistic political manipulations and media circuses, and the broader implications of GMOs, and the loyal opposition that wants to reinforce the power of the state in order to regulate them, within the context of the accelerating “domestication” and totalitarian conditioning of the population in a society he characterizes as a “world-laboratory where the sterilization of historical life is assayed”.