Lecture to the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, 5 February 2015.
Historical evidence insists that oppression on its own does not produce social movement reaction. In places with little culture of resistance, there will be little social movement reaction to social problems, or occasional outbursts may not be sustained. San Francisco has had, regularly and recently over the last decades, a series of effective and sustained street manifestations, so there are people, organizations, networks, systems, etc. to make the next ones bigger and more robust.
So what is the cosmology of food sovereignty? Food is a community, not a commodity… But how do we turn this idea into culture? Alberto Melucci explains how it is that we create culture… through creating new spaces, identities, meanings, identities, commitments….
Bibliography with notes about readings mentioned in the lecture. Alternatives need to focus not just on innovating, but on decommodifying and building community.
Alana has studied one of the many vibrant alternatives to this juggernaut, the movement for food sovereignty, conceived and led by La Vía Campesina. Vía Campesina is typical of contemporary social movements in its recognition of the common interests of first and third world farmers, smallholders and laborers, producers and consumers and in its recognition of the centrality of women, indigenous people and culture to forming truly liberatory alternatives.
Table of Contents An Underground Restaurant: Local Food, Artisan Economics, and Creative Political Culture 1 Not a potluck: is it food? is it performance art?
Amory Starr Luis A. Fernandez Christian Scholl 2011: New York University Press Don’t mind the press’ stupid title, the proper one is: Out of Order:
…The German government’s “official submission” to the Oscars… / “official story” of this period. On general principle, it’s probably not a good idea to go
J. K. Gibson-Graham, A Postcapitalist Politics. 2006: U Minnesota. This book finds a new way of thinking about and working on economic development based on
biotech lecture © amory starr 2005 three kinds of biotechnology biotech crops biotech pharmaceuticals bio-prospecting/biopiracy/biopatenting four kinds of biotech crops increased nutrition/shelf life/freeze tolerant/consistent size/ease
In 2005, LA Sound Posse, asked me to record my lectures on globalization. The audio is available at Radio4All.
“This is What Democracy Looks Like” letter to the editor, Santa Barbara Independent 1.13.03 I’m home for the holidays, so I strap on my cock
Amory Starr roundtable on “directions for the anti-corporate globalization movement” with Bernard Cassen (President of ATTAC, France), Gerald Horne (U of Noth Carolina), Dennis Brutus
“the international context of anti-globalization: key concepts” Amory Starr Arizona State University, Phoenix Department of Justice Studies 2.15.02 It’s really a pleasure to
Report from F2 manifestations against the World Economic Forum Meetings, New York City (January 31-Feb 3, 2002) The Divas for Democracy, an affinity group including
naming the enemy, before seattle: an autochthonous book review WorldReview, 5:1 (2002): 14-16. other peoples’ reviews… The bulk of the research for Naming the Enemy
“The Role of the University and the Role of Student Power” The University: Fortress or Beacon: Open Forum Colorado State University, 10 October, 2001 I
What happened to DAN in LA?: speculative notes I am an activist from the anti-globalization movement and am also an anti-racist activist. I spent Aug