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World Wealth report and other exciting news!

Yesterday, inspired by the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement, the ‘indignants’ took to the streets in 951 cities in 82 countries from Asia to Europe, Africa and the Americas.

They had good reasons to do so.

According to the latest ‘World Wealth report’ the wealth of the 10,9 million world’s ‘high net worth individuals’ grew 9,7 % in 2010 and now reaches 42,7 trillion US$. This now surpasses the 2007 pre-crisis peak. The global population of HNWIs grew 8,3 %.

International Conference in Voronezh (RUS), 27-30 November 2011

DEVELOPMENT OF INTERNATIONAL CIVIL INITIATIVES AGAINST RACISM AND VIOLENCE IN RUSSIA AND RUSSIAN-SPEAKING COUNTRIES
Voronezh, Russia
November 27-30, 2011

Organised by Youth Human Rights Movement and UNITED for Intercultural Action

The main conference language will be Russian.
Participants are expected to have a basic knowledge of Russian.

All information and the e-nomination form in English can be found below. All information in Russian will be available on the UNITED website http://www.unitedagainstracism.org.

Due to our funding criteria, unfortunately UNITED is unable to cover the travel costs of international (non-Russian) participants. However, if your organisation is interested in nominating a representative, and is able to cover these costs, please contact the UNITED secretariat (info@unitedagainstracism.org) as soon as possible
(deadline 10 November 2011).

Best wishes,
The conference organising team

WHICH ARE THE SIGNIFICANCES OF THE CHANGE OF LABOUR CODE OF A EUROPEAN PERIPHERAL COUNTRY?

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WHICH ARE THE SIGNIFICANCES OF THE CHANGE OF LABOUR CODE OF A EUROPEAN PERIPHERAL COUNTRY?

 

Ana Bazac

Report on the international conference “Auto.Mobil.Krise” Labour.Conversion.Movement

Gulnara Aitova1

 

Report on

the international conference

Auto.Mobil.Krise”

Labour.Conversion.Movement,

29-30.10 2010 in Stuttgart

 

The first day (29 of October) of the conference was opened with the International Forum of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation named “Auto.Labour.Solidarity”. The chief problems of discussions were dedicated to situation in car industry of the presented countries and to automobile trade unions’ struggles. Firstly it was noticed about reduction of automobile sales in European market, at the same time there is the boom of sales in China. The loss of around 1 million worker places in all economy sectors took place in South Africa for 2008-2009 as noticed J. Fortuin (NUMSA, South Africa). 80 thousands — were lost in the automobile industry, that’s why struggle is directed to save work places. H. Arslan (Metallgewerkschaft, Turkey) underlined that 45% of automobile production in Turkey is exported to the EU. There is a great hope for the progressive production. Meanwhile there is huge losses of work places; all the more, 44% of workers are out of formal sector of economy. In H. Arslan’s opinion, in that situation much attention should be paid to the structure of trade unions. In Turkey there is a competition between main trade unions of metal workers, — as a rule that is supported which more approached to company management. Also since for 20 years trade union movement in Turkey was forbidden, now actual requirements are (1) struggle for recognition; (2) enforcement of collective agreements system; (3) need for shift to neutrality of company management in trade union development. The situation in India was presented by A. Roy (NTUI). In particular, there is a crisis of stability which not to less extent is connected with the situation when 60% of population live in the rural area. Around 80% of workers are hired for temporary period, not having collective agreements. Moreover, most problems come from difference of work movement when trade unions are stratified on account of differences of religions; castes. L. Henriksson (Volvo, Sweden) noticed the change in capital structure in Sweden; at the same reduction of local struggle.

CONFRONTING THE AUSTERITY: SIGNIFICANCES OF THE WEAK CLASS STRUGGLE AND SOME PROBLEMS OF THE LEFT

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CONFRONTING THE AUSTERITY: SIGNIFICANCES OF THE WEAK CLASS STRUGGLE AND SOME PROBLEMS OF THE LEFT

 

Ana BAZAC

 

Abstract

 

By describing some aspects of the relations of force in the post-1989 Romania and especially in the present world crisis, the paper aims at a more general perspective: to put the problem of the future ending of the relations of force. The first part theorise some questions of the tactics of the left, but the lagged-behind level of a country like Romania is interesting not only for this kind of countries. The contradictory standpoint of the official left concerning the austerity measures from 2010 and the suggestion to support left-wing goals, not clichés, are framing the logic of this part.

The second part dots the importance to have in view the social structure, and the existing and missing conditions of a radical change of capitalism. The problems of moral judgements over capitalism and economic growth as criteria of the analysis of the behaviour of the left are better lightening the urgency of the constitution of a world consistent left.

WHAT FELT? REMARKS ON THE ONTOLOGY OF COMMUNISM

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WHAT FELT? REMARKS ON THE ONTOLOGY OF COMMUNISM

 

Ana Bazac

Professor

Politehnica University

 

The paper, only an introduction to the theme, intends to make out some different discourses about communism in order to suggest its ontology. But this one means a structure of concepts related to both the static and dynamic (principles) of communism, as well as to its position in space and time, and to its realisation. Ontology of communism appears in this way to be challenged by the intertwined and complex levels of practice.

However, ontology itself is a discourse: concepts as possibility, readiness, necessity, conjunctures, identity, forms, essence, transformation, accidents, universals and particulars, factors and forces of communism issue from discourses as active positions of the transmitters (including from their desire to form reality according to theirs representations about it). Thusly, the relationship between discourses and existence is not one of exteriority, but of inclusion of the former into the given reality. Even the given character of reality is the result of interferences between discourses (and the intertwining of many types of discourses) and existence: in this way, discourses could exclude elements of the existence, or construct new ones, generally alternative virtual existences.

The remarks in this paper are made in a traditional philosophical view: not starting from practice which does criticise itself, so deducing ontological properties of communism from this critique (as I should be tempted to do), but going from some concepts to reality, for grasping how and if they are reciprocally fit. In other words: I suggest the questioning of the theoretical representation that the concepts would be a Procrustean bed for the communist ‘reality’ (as process and discourses), just researching the framework of concepts and somehow postponing the problem of the pressure of ‘reality’, issuing from its ontological essence, for new interpretations (discourses).

The rhetorical lecture of some discourses about communism sends to an ideological one. The paper gives some definitions of the presuppositions used here: rhetorical lecture, ideology, ideological lecture. The discursive theory appears to be not an alternative to the ideological one, but a part, also an antecedent of this one.

Therefore, after an introduction about the above-mentioned aspects, the paper summarises the logic of Marx’s and Lenin’s theory on communism from the standpoint of some of the above-mentioned concepts of ontology. The same outlook is affected to the concept of communism as revolution in Lenin and Trotsky and some Trotskyites. By this token, the problems: the correspondence of the discursive properties of communism and the real process, and the essential and accidental features of ‘communism’ remain open. As a consequence, a non-conformist opinion concerning what felt is suggested.

ALTERNATIVAS, N. 2, 2010 (in portugal)


ALTERNATIVAS, N. 2, 2010


 


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Approaching the crisis: questions challenging the technophile optimism

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Approaching the crisis: questions challenging the technophile optimism

 Ana Bazac1.

Abstract

FROM MUSIC IN THE MEDIA TO MUSIC FOR THE MEDIA

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Günter Mayer

FROM MUSIC IN THE MEDIA TO MUSIC FOR THE MEDIA

Towards an Aesthetics of “Radiogenic” Music

“We have also sound-houses, where we practise and demonstrate all sounds and their genera­tion. We have harmonies, which you have not … divers instruments likewise to you un­known, … strange and artificial echoes reflect­ing the voice many times, and as it were toss­ing it, … also means to convey sounds in trunks and pipes in strange lines and distances”.

(Roger Bacon, The New Atlantis)

The emergence of modern audiovisual media and the power they have unfurled are part of a very real, advancing process of socialization. The media are one fea­ture of the many processes of social and political transformation which also ex­ert increasing influence on the liberation movement and its development in the former colonial and oppressed countries of the Third World. The development of the record industry (not to mention film) the development of the big, industrially organized public institutions in radio and television , and the influence of the various branches within the media industry (especially leisure electronics) have brought about a deep, worldwide change in the historically inherited insti­tution of music, in the functions and structures of old and new music alike.

The latest revolution in the media, the introduction of cable and satellite technology and new peripheral technologies, is changing the way in which millions of people live and work, thus causing further changes in the mode of exist­ence of music, that is, in the social processes of production and reproduction of musical occurrences, of their distribution and exchange, and of their appropri­ation by recipients.

Popular Music in the GDR

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Popular Music in the GDR

Günter Mayer

Internationally the German Democratic Republic is very well known for its high standard of music culture, especially in the realm of classical music. Classical music has long traditions which were followed and improved in the last decades.

Composers such as Heinrich Schütz, Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Friedrich Handel, Philip Telemann, Robert Schumann, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy and Richard Wagner were born in or lived within the territory which became the GDR in 1949. In 1985 Dresden, Leipzig and Halle will be celebrating the anniversaries of the 400th birthday of Schutz and the 300th birthdays of Bach and Handel respec­tively. The heritage of German classical music (including Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert) is an important part of the programs of concert halls, opera houses, radio transmissions and record produc­tions. VEB Deutsche Schallplatten, for instance, released the world’s first complete edition of Beethoven including more than 120 records.

Music historiography: music of the GDR – music in the GDR

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Music historiography: music of the GDR – music in the GDR

 

Günter Mayer

This is a welcome opportunity to discuss the phenomenon of the GDR in a more objective and differentiated environment than that which dominated in the years immediately following the bankruptcy of socialism in 1989, and which has pervaded to some extent in recent publications about new music in the GDR.i I want to begin my essay with some moral and philosophical reflections. Interpretations of the GDR in which dictatorship is the central category determining the presentation of facts, in which all life is seen as a ‘dance in chains,’ii offer a decidedly one-sided view of reality. The theoretical reflection and the selection and evaluation of facts is emphatically critical, but condescending and underpinned by a presumptuous certainty. This approach involves a devaluation and de-legalisation of the lived experience of the majority of citizens of the GDR. It is an interpretation in which the attitude of depreciation is predominant. In practice this orientation is an anti-communist one.

Mass-Culture in different Marxist concepts

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Mass-Culture in different Marxist concepts

Günter Mayer

 

1. Term of culture

 

a.)

 — not very precisely used in history of concepts on culture

Diane S. Avery

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English

Programme

Russian Academy of Science

Institute of Information on Social Science

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Moscow Financial and Law Academy

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Information Bulletin No 4

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SOCIALISM-XXI

INTERNATIONAL INTERNET INSTITUTE

Information Bulletin No 4

November 2007- March 2009

 

Contents

International scientific conferences: 3

Day 7 of the revolt in Greece

Day 7 of the revolt in
Greece

Day 6 of the revolt in Greece

Day 6 of the revolt in
Greece

Day 5 of the revolt in Greece

Day 5 of
the revolt in Greece

Day 4 of the revolt in Greece

Day 4 of the
revolt in Greece

Greece in revolt!

Greece in
revolt!

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