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  • La {polis} grecque et la création de la démocratie

    Texte extrait d’une #Conférence prononcée le 15 avril 1982 à New York lors d’un symposium « Sur les origines de nos institutions », faisant partie des Hannah Arendt Memorial Symposia in Political Philosophy organisés par la New School for Social Research. L’original anglais a été publié en autonme 1983 par le Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal de la New York School (vol. IX, n° 2). La présente traduction est due à Pierre-Emmanuel Dauzat ; elle a été revue par l’auteur. Elle omet une première partie (...)


    / Castoriadis C., #Histoire, #Philosophie, #Politique, Antiquité, Conférence, #Démocratie_directe, #Création_sociale-historique, #Grèce, (...)

    #Castoriadis_C. #Antiquité #Assemblée

  • La polis grecque et la création de la démocratie

    Texte extrait d’une conférence prononcée le 15 avril 1982 à New York lors d’un symposium « Sur les origines de nos institutions », faisant partie des Hannah Arendt Memorial Symposia in Political Philosophy organisés par la New School for Social Research. L’original anglais a été publié en autonme 1983 par le Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal de la New York School (vol. IX, n° 2). La présente traduction est due à Pierre-Emmanuel Dauzat ; elle a été revue par l’auteur. Elle omet une première partie (...)

    Apports théoriques : Imaginaire, culture, création

    / Castoriadis C. , Histoire , Philosophie , Politique , Antiquité , Conférence , Démocratie directe , Création sociale-historique , Grèce , (...)


  • At anti-Semitism panel, Linda Sarsour asks, ’I am the biggest problem of the Jewish community?’

    The prominent feminist activist and controversial anti-Zionist speaks out against anti-Semitism and the importance of ’organizing at the intersections of oppression’

    Asher Schechter Nov 29, 2017
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    Minutes before Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour took the stage at The New School’s Alvin Johnson Auditorium as part of a panel on anti-Semitism, one of the organizers went up to deliver a number of key instructions to audience members in case protesters would try to shut down the event.
    But the fears that the event would be disrupted by right-wing protesters turned out to be for naught. Despite two weeks of a media frenzy, a petition signed by more than 21,000 people and loads of criticism from both left and right, the panel concluded with only two very minor interruptions.
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    >> American Jews, lay off Linda Sarsour | Opinion
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    “Apparently I am the biggest problem of the Jewish community? I am the existential threat, Apparently? I am confused, literally, every day,” said Sarsour, addressing the controversy that preceded the event.
    Sarsour, a prominent advocate for Muslim Americans, criminal justice reform and civil rights, is the former executive director of the Arab American Association of New York and co-chaired last January’s National Women’s March. During the past year, particularly as her profile in progressive circles increased after the march, Sarsour has raised the ire of conservatives, Zionist activists and so-called alt-right figures who accuse her of supporting terrorists and promoting anti-Semitism – largely due to her support of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement and her criticism of Israel.
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    “I am deeply honored and humbled to be here on this stage with people who have been some of the staunchest allies of the communities that I come from,” Sarsour said during the panel. “We cannot dismantle anti-Black racism, Islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia, every phobia and -ism without also dismantling anti-Semitism.”
    “Intersectionality is not about black and white people organizing together or Jews and Muslims organizing together. It is all of us organizing at the intersections of oppression and seeing oppression [as] connected. Anti-Semitism is one branch on a larger tree of racism,” she added. “You can’t just address one branch, you need to address all branches together so we can get to the root of the problem.”

    In her remarks, Sarsour spoke at length about her criticism of Zionism. “Just in case it’s not clear, I am unapologetically Palestinian-American and will always be unapologetically Palestinian-American. I am also unapologetically Muslim-American. And guess what? I am also a very staunch supporter of the BDS movement. What other way am I supposed to be, as a Palestinian-American who’s a daughter of immigrants who lived under military occupation and still has relatives in Palestine that live under military occupation? I should be expected to have the views that I hold,” she said.
    Regardless of their feelings toward Israel, said Sarsour, Jews and non-Jews alike “must commit to dismantling anti-Semitism. The existential threat resides in the White House, and if what you’re reading all day long in the Jewish media is that Linda Sarsour and Minister [Louis] Farrakhan are the existential threats to the Jewish community, something really bad is going to happen and we are going to miss the mark on it.”
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    Apart from Sarsour, the panel also featured Rebecca Vilkomerson, the executive director of Jewish Voices for Peace, Leo Ferguson of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice and Lina Morales, a member of Jews of Color and Mizrahi/Sephardi Caucus of JVP. The event was moderated by journalist and author Amy Goodman, the host of the alternative news program “Democracy Now!”
    The panel, organized by JVP, Haymarket Books, Jacobin magazine, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice and The New School’s Creative Publishing and Critical Journalism program, was preceded by great controversy over Sarsour’s participation. Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, tweeted that “Having Linda Sarsour & head of JVP leading a panel on antisemitism is like Oscar Meyer leading a panel on vegetarianism.” Writing for Tablet Magazine, Phyllis Chesler, a New School alumni, wished that she could give back her diploma.
    “Antisemitism is harmful and real. But when antisemitism is redefined as criticism of Israel, critics of Israeli policy become accused and targeted more than the growing far-right,” read the event’s description.
    The other panelists were similarly critical of Israel and of the Jewish American community that rebukes activists like Sarsour yet embraces far-right figures like Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka. “I am angry at the profound hypocrisy of the institutional Jewish community, which has taught us that loving Israel does not mean that you love Jews,” said Vilkomerson. “Because I care about Jews, I am anti-Zionist,” said Morales. “Nothing can be more counterproductive or hurtful to Jews than to be intentionally confusing the issue of anti-Semitism by spreading false charges of anti-Semitism,” said Ferguson, in reference to the “smearing” of pro-Palestinian activists by Jewish-American organizations. Lobbing false accusations of anti-Semitism, he argued, “slowly erodes our ability to accurately assess threats.”
    Two hours before the debate was scheduled to begin, over 15 policemen and security guards and multiple police cars were already surrounding the venue where it was to be held. A small protest took place across the street, with some demonstrators holding signs and chanting against Sarsour and JVP.
    “This panel is spitting in the face of Jews – four anti-Semites talking about anti-Semitism,” Karen Lichtbraun, one of the demonstrators and head of the New York chapter of the Jewish Defense League told Haaretz. JVP, she charged, wanted to “drive a wedge between Jews” by inviting Sarsour. “[Sarsour] wants to bring Sharia law to America. She is brainwashing a lot of young Jews,” she claimed.
    “Nobody has a monopoly on talking about anti-Semitism,” Rabbi Alissa Wise, deputy director of Jewish Voice for Peace and one of the event’s organizers, told Haaretz. “As a rabbi and a Jew, I feel safer in the world knowing that there are more people, non-Jewish allies, Muslims, Christians, people of no faith, who are taking up the question of anti-Semitism seriously.”
    When asked about the commotion in the media that surrounded the event, Wise said: “There’s something particular about the role that Linda plays in the psyche of the American Jewish community. We’ve done these anti-Semitism events in Indianapolis, Chicago, the Bay Area, Philadelphia, and this is not the only one where a Muslim is speaking. Never before have we seen this kind of frenzy. It just seems like a witch hunt of sorts.”
    Tuesday’s event was not the first time a planned appearance by Sarsour caused controversy: Her invitation to deliver the commencement address at the City University of New York School of Public Health in June raised the ire of pro-Israel activists. The uproar included a protest rally against her speech outside CUNY’s main office building, headed by far-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, who called Sarsour a “Sharia-loving, terrorist-embracing, Jew-hating, ticking time bomb of progressive horror.”
    “When I spoke at the CUNY graduate center back in June, something really disturbing happened,” said Sarsour during the panel. “I don’t care if people protest against me. What was confusing to me at that moment was, how is it that people that are Jewish are standing in a really against me with Milo Yiannopoulos, Richard Spencer, and Gavin McInnes? Why are they there with them? I hope the Jewish community stands up and says that’s wrong, that under no circumstance should Jewish people align with people like Milo or Pamela Geller or Richard Spencer or Gavin McInnes.”
    When asked about her previous statement that feminism is “incompatible with Zionism,” Sarsour said: “I am not as important as I am made out to be. I am not the one that actually gets to say who gets to be in the movement and who doesn’t. Let’s stop talking about the civil rights movement that happened 50 years ago because there is a civil rights movement happening right now. We live under fascism, and we need all hands on deck.”

    Asher Schechter
    Haaretz Columnist

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  • The Super Wealthy Oxycontin Family Supports School Privatization With Tactics Similar to Those That Fueled the Opioid Epidemic | Alternet

    Keefe writes, “Purdue and other pharmaceutical companies have long funded ostensibly neutral nonprofit groups that advocate for pain patients.”

    The same influence techniques Purdue used to promote painkillers are now being used by Jonathan Sackler to expand charter schools.

    Jonathan Sackler, Arthur’s nephew, is a well-known name in the education reform movement. He founded the charter school advocacy group ConnCan, progenitor of the nationwide group 50CAN, of which he is a director. He is on the Board of Directors of the Achievement First charter school network. Until recently, Sackler served on the board of the New Schools Venture Fund, which invests in charter schools and advocates for their expansion. He was also on the board of the pro-charter advocacy group Students for Education Reform.

    The GAO report went on to quote the DEA as saying the Purdue’s use of branded promotional items in the marketing of OxyContin was “was unprecedented among schedule II opioids, and was an indicator of Purdue’s aggressive and inappropriate marketing of OxyContin.”

    The description of “lavish swag” will sound familiar to anyone who has witnessed one of the no-expenses-spared charter school rallies that are a specialty of Sackler-funded organizations like Families for Excellent schools. Then there is the dizzying array of astroturf front groups all created for the purpose of demanding more charter schools. Just in Connecticut, we’ve had the Coalition for Every Child, A Better Connecticut, Fight for Fairness CT, Excel Bridgeport, and the Real Reform Now Network. All of these groups ostensibly claim to be fighting for better public schools for all children. In reality, they have been lobbying to promote charter schools, often running afoul of ethics laws in the process.

    #Education #Ecole_privée #Opioides

  • Platform Cooperativism: Taking back the internet - Co-operative News

    Le mouvement des plateformes assoiciatives a été lancé il y deux ans. Depuis l’appel pour créer des alternatives aux plateformes de la mort les death-star platforms est entendu et discuté dans le monde entier.

    Platform Cooperativism is a rising and ambitious movement, but based on a simple co-operative principle: to put power back in the hands of the people.

    ‘Ownership of the internet’ may sound like a lofty aim, but taking control of the online tools we use is really just a 21st century equivalent of owning the shop we run, or the pub we go to. Can the internet be owned and governed differently? And if so, how?

    In November, over a thousand people convened for an event at the New School in New York to discuss how this could be achieved. Billed as a ‘coming-out party for the co-operative internet’, it attracted academics, co-operators, business leaders and those just curious about what was happening.

    Writer and reporter Nathan Schneider co-organised the conference, and is at the heart of the movement. “[The phrase] ‘Platform Cooperativism’ is a call-to-action coined by my colleague Trebor Scholz,” he said, “just long and mysterious enough, I think, to arouse curiosity and to give a name to what, actually, a lot of people have been longing for and even working on.”

    Platform Cooperativism : Nov 13-14, NYC

    Platform cooperativism is a way to put power back in the hands of the workers."
    – Kristy Milland (worker at Amazon Mechnical Turk) 


    The seeds are being planted for a new kind of online economy. For all the wonders the Internet brings us, it is dominated by an economics of monopoly, extraction, and surveillance. Ordinary users retain little control over their personal data, and the digital workplace is creeping into every corner of workers’ lives. Online platforms often exploit and exacerbate existing inequalities in society, even while promising to be the great equalizers. Could the Internet be owned and governed differently? What if Uber drivers could set up their own platform, or if cities could control their own version of Airbnb? Can Silicon Alley do things more democratically than Silicon Valley? What are the prospects for platform cooperativism?

    Taxi drivers need to take control back of Uber, says economist - Co-operative News

    A global economist has called for taxi drivers to unite against Uber and form a workers’ collective.

    Ann Pettifor, analyst of the global financial system and director of Prime Economics, said that workers should be in control of platforms such as Uber and Airbnb, especially since they own the working capital of the business.

    “This is an ideal opportunity for us to be arguing for more worker co-operatives,” said Ms Pettifor at the Co-operative Congress in Wakefield. “The really fascinating thing about Uber, about Airbnb and about these other sectors is that actually the capital of those businesses is owned by the workers.

    Why should Uber operate in this way? Why do taxi drivers not come together and form a collective?

    “So the drivers of the cars own the car, they have bought the car, they have invested in it, they maintain it, they invest in its maintenance, they insure it.”

    Ms Pettifor added: “They pay for all of that and then they pay something for the app. They are then allowed by Uber in California, in Silicon Valley, to retain some of their allowance but why on earth should Uber be such a company? Why should it operate in this way? Why do taxi drivers not come together and form a collective?”

    Congress 2016: Developing a national co-operative development strategy

    Death Star Platforms | Grassroots Economic Organizing

    Fighting Fire with Fire? Matthew Slater

    How Platform Coops Can Beat Death Stars Like Uber to Create a Real Sharing Economy - Shareable


  • Market Ideology and the Myths of Web 2.0 | Scholz | First Monday

    This essay debunks the myths of the Web 2.0 brand and argues that the popularized phrase limits public media discourse and the imagination of a future World Wide Web.

    The Shifting Definitions of Web 2.0
    The New Newness of Technologies
    Wikis and User–submitted Content
    Collective Intelligence, Voice, and Conversation
    Social Networking Sites, RSS, CSS, and Blogging
    Podcasting and Folksonomies
    The Web 2.0 Ideology, the Power of Naming, and the Imagination of the Future of the Web

    Trebor Scholz
    Associate Professor of Culture and Media
    The New School

    Trebor Scholz is a scholar-activist and Associate Professor for Culture & Media at The New School in New York City.

    His book Uber-Worked and Underpaid. How Workers Are Disrupting the Digital Economy (Polity, 2016) develops an analysis of the challenges posed by digital labor and introduces the concept of platform cooperativism as a way of joining the peer-to-peer and co-op movements with online labor markets while insisting on communal ownership and democratic governance.

    His edited volumes include Digital Labor: The Internet as Playground and Factory (Routledge, 2013), and Ours to Hack and to Own: Platform Cooperativism. A New Vision for the Future of Work and a Fairer Internet (with Nathan Schneider, O/R, 2016).

    In 2009, Scholz started to convene the influential digital labor conferences at The New School. Today, he frequently presents on the future of work, solidarity, and the Internet to media scholars, lawyers, activists, designers, developers, union leaders, and policymakers worldwide. His articles and ideas have appeared in The Nation, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Le Monde, and The Washington Post.

    Birds of a Feather

    #internet #web2.0 #travail #activisme

  • Michelle Stuart | About the Artist

    Michelle Stuart is an American artist. She studied in Mexico, France, and in New York at The New School for Social Research. Since the 1960s, Stuart has created a multifaceted body of work including large-scale earth works, complex multi-media installations, earth drawings, encaustic paintings, sculptural objects, drawings and prints. The photographic image has been an ancillary part of her work in the past; it is currently the primary medium. Stuart has also written and published artist’s books.

    Her work references a range of influences, from history, astronomy, botany and her extensive travels to ancient archaeological sites.

    #art dommage qu’on ne voit pas bien les œuvres, ça à l’air assez beau

  • Meet Gizzle, the Queer Female MC Who’s Writing Your Favorite Rappers’ Songs | Pitchfork

    The video for Puff Daddy & the Family’s recent single “You Could Be My Lover” both is and isn’t what we’ve come to expect from a Diddy clip. It begins with rampant ostentatiousness, as a Versace bathrobe-clad Sean Combs frolics around a palatial estate, teacup in hand. A macho monologue gives way to a player’s anthem: “You can’t be my girl, but you can be my lover” croons a non-committal Ty Dolla $ign, Puff’s womanizing cohort du jour. The two men are surrounded by young models in tiny tops who seem vaguely excited to be there. It looks like a time warp straight out of 1997.

    But then, at the 1:44 mark, a slim, dreadlocked woman enters the frame to spit game to the camera—and to the women flanking her. She’s the MC, not an ornament, wearing a white tee underneath a double-breasted jacket adorned with regal gold buttons. This is Glenda Proby, aka Gizzle, a 28-year-old rapper who has spent the last few years racking up writing credits on songs for top-tier artists like Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Boosie Badazz, Kevin Gates, G-Eazy, Iggy Azalea, Travis Scott, and T.I., alongside Ty Dolla $ign and Puffy, two of her closest friends and collaborators.

  • Noam #Chomsky on Trump: “We Should Recognize the Other Candidates Are Not That Different”

    Noam Chomsky weighed in on US presidential politics in a speech Saturday at The New School in New York. In addressing a question about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Chomsky assessed the political landscape: “Today’s Democrats are what used to be called moderate Republicans. The Republicans have just drifted off the spectrum. They’re so committed to extreme wealth and power that they cannot get votes ... So what has happened is that they’ve mobilized sectors of the population that have been around for a long time. ... Trump may be comic relief, but it’s not that different from the mainstream, which I think is more important.”

  • #WHITEHISTORYMONTH: #Njabulo_Ndebele on #The_Heart_of_Whiteness, South African edition

    Teaching a graduate seminar on #South_Africa this semester at The New School (to help prepare a small group of students who will travel to South Africa in the summer) has meant.....


  • ‘The #Post-Imperial’

    I recently shot the short interview, below, with Niyi Okuboyejo, creative director of New York City men’s accessories brand, Post-Imperial (for a short documentary graduate class at The New School). Okuboyejo, the son of Nigerian immigrants, describes what he does as a “coup against the regime of #FASHION.” Post-Imperial is a men’s accessories brand focused on ties and […]

    #Nigeria #Niyi_Okuboyejo

  • Two Numbers: When the Money’s Gone - Newsweek

    The prospect of public sector pension cuts has raised plenty of anxiety lately about retirement. We all know Americans probably aren’t as saving as much as they should, but how bad could it be?
    A lot worse than you might imagine. Thirty million Americans between the ages of 50 and 64, one half of the population nearing retirement, have no retirement savings at all, according to an analysis by the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis at the New School. That means no pension plan, no 401(k), no IRA.

    For those nearing retirement with savings, the prospects aren’t that much better. Fifteen million or so Americans - and these are the most prepared for retirement in their age group of 50- to 64-year-olds - have average retirement savings of $140,654. Typically financial planners advise 10 times your income at retirement to maintain your living standard. That would imply an annual income ahead of retirement of around $14,000, but in fact, the annual income of Americans approaching retirement in this category is more than $50,000. That suggests many with retirement savings will still experience a sharp drop in living standards upon once they stop working.

    What has really hurt Americans nearing retirement is the Great Recession and its aftermath. As some lost jobs, they also lost retirement contributions and turned to their retirement accounts to make ends meet. While the labor market has been slowly improving, many of those who do land new jobs are not finding employment with the same benefits they once had. “If you lose a couple years in accumulating retirement savings, say five years before you retire, you can never catch up,” said Teresa Ghilarducci, director of the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis. The retirement savings crisis may turn out to be a lot closer than we think.

    Some 30 million Americans between the age of 50 and 64 have no savings

  • Photographing the #African_Diaspora in #New_York

    In a world ever more saturated by images, understanding how to read pictures has never been more important. In a course this summer at the #New_School in the GPIA, students learned how to read images, and also how to make them. We began by looking at other people’s photographs and thinking about the choices […]

    #PHOTOGRAPHY #Aaron_Leaf #Ashanti #Bronx #Brooklyn #Cameroon #Fula #Gladys_Ekoto #Nigeria #Toni_Akindele