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What Would It Mean to Win? [Paperback]

Turbulence Collective , John Holloway

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Book Description

April 1 2010

Connecting some of the more remarkable events of the last decade—including the rioting in Oaxaca and in the outskirts of Paris and the modern crises of neoliberalism—this critical analysis suggests new strategies for the progressive Left and that forward-moving change is possible. It examines the concept that movements generally develop at times of acceleration and expansion, but ultimately naturally slow down without consideration of their actual effects—stifling new developments, suppressing the emergence of new forms of politics, or failing to see other possible directions. Global in scope and including writings from Leftist struggles, victories, and defeats, this collection of essays ponders the possibility of a winning movement with lasting change and presents opportunities in all corners of the world.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: PM Press (April 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160486110X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604861105
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #584,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The discussion is always insightful and provocative as the writers bravely take on the challenge of charting the directions for the Left at a time of ecological crisis, economic collapse, and political disillusionment."  —Walden Bello, executive director, Focus on the Global South

"Powerful vision of the possible and the seldom-seen present."  —Rebecca Solnit, author, Hope in the Dark and A Paradise Built in Hell

"This kind of innovative thinking, which emerges from the context of the movements, opens new paths for rebellion and the creation of real social alternatives."  —Michael Hardt, co-author, Commonwealth, Multitude and Empire

"The Turbulence project is a thoughtful and valuable contribution to the radical libertarian left and the practice of movement-building, of use to open-minded leftists across the spectrum."  —Red Pepper (UK)

"Far from an attempt to immortalize the texts, or to capture movement knowledge(s) within some abstract yet destructive academic assessment framework, the republication of these texts serves a reminder that we must constantly keep reassessing the efficacy of our politics." —Social Movement Studies (September 2011)

"Turbulence's book springs from a particular moment of crisis, critically examining the state of the anti-globalization movement when it seemed to be waning, becoming something else. As such it is far more than a document of the changing ideas, debates and practices of a movement; it offers valuable tools and provocations for the present moment." —Radical Philosophy (September 2011)

About the Author

Turbulence Collective is a publishing project with an aim to carve out space where difficult debates and investigations into current political realities can be carried out. John Holloway is a lawyer, a Marxist-oriented sociologist, and a philosopher whose work is closely associated with the Zapatista movement in Mexico.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Experiments that might get out of control... May 27 2011
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This short book (150 pages) originated as a newspaper distributed at the June 2007 protests against the G8 summit at Heiligendamm, Germany. 14 articles were commissioned by the Turbulence Collective, representing a diverse set of views within the "movement of movements" that is sometimes called the global justice movement, the movement(s) best known for "The Battle in Seattle" protest against the WTO of late 1999 and a series of similar protests since then. Some of the young Turbulence Collective members are clearly pursuing the academic career path, but since they are not yet tenured professors they can still be considered organic intellectuals, to use Gramsci's term, activists who are articulating theory largely from their own experience.

It is a stimulating collection of interest to anyone who shares the Collective's goals of an egalitarian world and social relations that are no longer destroying the ecosystem. I found the most amazing piece to be "Enclosing the enclosers" by Gustavo Esteva, which describes the development of the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO) in 2006. This direct democratic dual power in the Mexican city of 600,000 drove the police from the streets after beginning as protests against a corrupt governor. APPO was crushed by the Mexican Federal Police in November after five months of things getting very much out of the control of the authorities.

A postscript and an interview with Pacifica Radio update the original WHAT WOULD IT MEAN TO WIN? to 2009. The Collective has now produced five issues (which can be found at turbulence.org.uk).

What this project embodies very well is a sense of experimentation, of forward motion, of comradery, of not having the answers, and of the fun and exhilaration of being part of a movement for radical change!

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