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Announcement :: Organizing
Eyes Wide Open: State, Politics and the Alternatives
18 Nov 2009
Call for a joint reflection on politics, the state and the alternatives. A free, egalitarian and horizontal gathering of independently minded activists.
Date: Saturday, December 5, 2009
Venue: Snell Library, Room 090, Northeastern University Main Campus, Boston, MA
Time: The venue is available from 1:00 PM to 7:30 PM. The exercise will take the better part of that time.
For some time now there has been a desire to have a frank and honest exchange about the role of power, politics and the State (government) in social and economic affairs and our every day lives.

Whether we believe in the power of the ballot box, of social movements/social protest, of free, autonomous, individual and collective, social and economic action the times are calling us to pay more attention to how we invest our resources and our time and to the consequences of our actions.

Several friends of the Global Economic Alternatives Network (GEAN) and Massachusetts Global Action (MGA) are calling for a free, egalitarian and horizontal gathering of independently minded activists to start up an ongoing theoretical discussion and practical evaluation on concepts like: politics, state, power, authority, political party, democracy, justice, violence, war, resistance, social movements, alternatives, autonomy, independence, freedom, etc.

The point of the exercise is to start sizing up what we can or should do by applying our own minds, hands and resources to break out of established cultural and social habits such as:

1) Delegation of free will, sovereignty, decision making power, control to minorities of executives, politicians and bureaucrats and/or to majority votes of pre-established, biased, formless, apathetic, uninformed and ideologically manipulated majorities.

2) Economic dependence on the corporation and the state for employment and consumption.

An important part of the discussion will focus on how to handle conflict, competition, opposition between forces emphasizing the creation and the teaching of innovative, alternative, peaceful ways of economic and social intercourse that are not based on mere considerations of force, violence, power and control even and especially if, one comes under attack.

We will also set up the date and time for our next joint discussion.

Tentative structure of the exercise:

Session 1. The nature and the cost of democracy, state, politics, organized violence, power, control, delegation of sovereignty, and of social change movements that traditionally compete for power by using similar authoritarian tools;

Session 2. The nature and the cost of our current social and economic problems and whether or not it is reasonable and prudent to expect politics, politicians, the state (government) and corporate leaders to fix them for us, given their historical performance;

Session 3. What we could actually accomplish ourselves if we took charge of our own social and economic lives and gathered together cooperatively to do something real, concrete and positive about it;

Session 4. How could we move forward with the building of alternatives in a creative and innovative fashion without reproducing failing political and economic forms or sets of social relations, and also without trying to fix what is not broken or throwing away the baby with the bath water.

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