[-empyre-] Demand Nothing, Occupy Everything?

nicholas knouf nak44 at cornell.edu
Sat Nov 21 08:15:10 EST 2009

And on this point, a text by a group at Berkeley on "The Necrosocial":


Their interrogation of the role of high theory, capital, and the
University qua Institution is extremely cogent at this moment.


Marco Deseriis wrote:
> Hi Micha,
> yes, thank you for sharing those precious links.
>> At UCSD, very few students, faculty and staff that I've talked to knew
>> about or support the strike do. Myself and a handful of other faculty,
>> staff and students are striking, but is the very idea of a strike not
>> viral but more based in monolothic constituencies and factory models
>> of labor? 
> No, I just think that after 3-4 decades of resting on dreams of unabated 
> growth Americans (and Californians in particular) need to be re-educated 
> and reawakened as to what it means to lose one's job, as to what it 
> means to fight for it, and what it means to risk of losing your job for 
> defending it. So thank you for taking on this rather humongous task ;-)
> To me it is not a matter of virality but of culture. People in Latin 
> America, Asia, Europe and all over the world keep going on strike for 
> defending their jobs, demanding higher wages, security on the workplace, 
> etc. It is only in this country that three decades of brainwashing have 
> led to the obliteration of historic memory (the cancellation of May1st 
> being the most notable example), and to the perception that going on 
> strike is somehow out of fashion.
> In actual fact, there exists a growing global movement to defend public 
> education, and to build an entirely different model of knowledge 
> sharing. You are probably familiar with this site:
> http://www.edu-factory.org
> which reports the news of 15 arrests at UCLA:
> http://www.edu-factory.org/edu15/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=240:students-arrested-at-ucla&catid=34:struggles&Itemid=53
> and whose picture eloquently show the response of public authorities to 
> this growing mobilization.
>> Perhaps the spreading occupations are more viral? I wonder
>> about this as I start going on strike tomorrow and join actions at
>> UCSD...
> Well, it is not up to me to say that strikes and occupations are just 
> two sides of the same coin.
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