The latest issue of Turbulence: Ideas for Movement is out now:
Until recently, anyone who suggested nationalising the banks would have been derided as a ‘quack’ a ‘crank’, as lacking the most basic understanding of the functioning of a ‘complex, globalised world’. The grip of ‘orthodoxy’ disqualified the idea, and many more, without the need even to offer a counter-argument.
And yet, in this time of intersecting crises, when it seems like everything could, and should, have changed, it paradoxically feels as though very little has. Individuals and companies have hunkered down to try and ride out the crisis. Nationalisations and government spending have been used to prevent change, not initiate it. Anger and protest have erupted around different aspects of the crises, but no common or consistent reaction has seemed able to cohere. We appear unable to move on.
For many years, social movements could meet and recognise one another on the *common ground* of rejecting neoliberalism, society’s old *middle ground* — those discourses and practices that defined the centre of the political field. The crisis of the middle has meant a crumbling of the common.
And what now? Will neoliberalism continue to stumble on without direction, zombie-like? Or, is it time for something completely different?
Turbulence, ‘Life in limbo?’
Gifford Hartman, ‘California in Crisis: Everything touched by capital turns toxic’
Bini Adamczak and Anna Dost, ‘What would it mean to lose? On the history of actually-existing failure’
Frieder Otto Wolf and Tadzio Mueller, ‘Green New Deal: Dead end or pathway beyond capitalism?’
p.m., ‘It’s all about potatoes and computers: Recipes for the cook-shops of the future’
Colectivo Situaciones, ‘Disquiet in the impasse’
George Caffentzis, ‘‘Everything must change so that everything can stay the same’: Notes on Obama’s Energy Plan’
Walter Mignolo, ‘The communal and the decolonial’
Massimo De Angelis, ‘The tragedy of the capitalist commons’
Rebecca Solnit, ‘Falling Together’
Rodrigo Nunes, ‘What were you wrong about ten years ago?’