Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter

December 18, 2014

The Commons

From its beginnings, one of capitalism’s prime imperatives has been an all-out and never-ceasing assault on the Commons in all its manifestations. Common land, common water, public ownership – anything rooted in the ancient human traditions of sharing and cooperation is anathema to an economic system that seeks to turn everything that exists into private property that can be exploited for profit. In this issue on the Connexions Newsletter, we focus on the Commons.

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This Week on Connexions.org

Solidarity Economies: A Guerrilla War against Capitalism

Capitalism is based on the philosophy that man is inherently evil and selfish. But solidarity economies suggest something different: that we are human, we cooperate with one another, we love, we struggle for the love of humanity, and that the future of our planet, our life, is based on our having a culture of brotherhood, sisterhood, collaboration, cooperation. It is an economy of love. Read More

Keywords: Economic Alternatives - Solidarity

Destroying the Commons

Down the road only a few generations, the millennium of Magna Carta, one of the great events in the establishment of civil and human rights, will arrive. Whether it will be celebrated, mourned, or ignored is not at all clear.That should be a matter of serious immediate concern. What we do right now, or fail to do, will determine what kind of world will greet that event. It is not an attractive prospect if present tendencies persist -- not least, because the Great Charter is being shredded before our eyes. Read More

Keywords: Commons - Human Rights

Why Sharing is a Common Cause that Unites Us All

The demand for sharing wealth, power and resources is at the heart of visions for a better world. In fact, the principle of sharing is often central to efforts for progressive change in almost every field of endeavour. But this basic concern is generally understood and couched in tacit terms, without acknowledging the versatility and wide applicability of sharing as a solution to the world’s problems. Read More

Keywords: Community - Solidarity

Liberties and Commons for All

The Bible solemnly orders that the earth itself be given a rest every seven years. This of course made sense agronomically at the time to prevent soil exhaustion. And it makes sense today than ever. Because earth, air, water, and fire, formerly common, are utterly exhausted by the world’s privatizers who call their exploitation “business.” But business is the opposite of rest. Read More

Keywords: Corporations - Corporate Agenda

State of Power 2014

A report with vivid infographics and essays that expose and analyse the principal power-brokers who have caused financial, economic, social and ecological crises worldwide. Read More

Keywords: Power - Class

What needs to happen to save and rebuild the CBC

Can the CBC be saved and restored? Probably. But it will take some time and some good luck, as well as some heavy duty political lobbying. It is important that CBC supporters, including those who have fallen by the wayside during the destructive Harper years, unite behind some common goals and pressure the two opposition leaders to commit themselves to restoring the Corporation to its proper role in the country.Read More

Keywords: Media- Public Broadcasting

Treasures From the Archives

Rear-View Mirror: A Snapshot of Toronto Activist Art (1976-1996)

A snapshot of Toronto activist art from the 1976 general strike to the 1996 Days of Action. Read more

Death Train: the earliest art to expose horror of concentration camps

The Mexican art collective Taller de Gráfica Popular used lino prints to transmit an explicit, committed political message. A member of the collective, Leopoldo Mendez, working in 1943, was probably the first to depict the Holocaust. Read more

War Photography at the Tate Modern

If photography is a record of suspended death, a suggestion that the subject is both frozen in time and rendered lifeless in the broader sense of things, then the nature of war is, in many ways, a perfect medium to capture it. It delves into a grim subject more fitting of the dry morgue than the lively art studio. Read more

Group of the Week: La Via Campesina

An international movement of peasants, small- and medium-sized producers, landless, rural women, indigenous people, rural youth and agricultural workers.They’re listed in the Connexion Directory here.

Keywords: Agricultural Labour - Indigenous Peoples

Book of the Week: Marx's Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism

In contrast to the traditional view that Marx's work is restricted to a critique of capitalism – and that he consciously avoided any detailed conception of its alternative – this work shows that Marx was committed to a specific concept of a post-capitalist society which informed the whole of his approach to political economy. Read More

Keywords: Marxism - Marxian Economics

Flim of the Week: American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

A documentary about the ideas and activism of 98-year-old Grace Lee Boggs, covering her lifetime of vital thinking and action, traversing the major U.S. social movements of the last century; from labour to civil rights, to Black Power, feminism, the Asian American and environmental justice movements and beyond. Boggs’s constantly evolving strategy - her willingness to re-evaluate and change tactics in relation to the world shifting around her - drives the story forward.

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Keywords:Activism - Social Change

Connexions Calendar

December 26, 2014
7th International Congress of Environmental Research
Karnataka, India

The Connexions Calendar is an online calendar that exists to advertise events that support social justice, democracy, human rights, ecology, and other causes. We invite you to use it to promote your events. Adding events to the Connexions Calendar is FREE. We’ll give you a username and password which you use to log on. Use the contact form to arrange for a username and password.

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Seeds of Fire

December 18, 1972

U.S. bombers launch a “maximum effort” bombing campaign against Hanoi and Haiphong in an all-out attempt to defeat Vietnamese resistance to American occupation. It comprises the largest heavy bomber strikes launched by the US Air Force since the end of World War II.

December 18, 2010

Start of Tunisian protests that lead to the overthrow of the government on January 14, 2011.

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