Jun 052014
My words at launch of Alana Mann's Power Shift

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.

Jun 062012
How a dinner party can change the economy ... Underground Restaurant: Local Food, Artisan Economics, Creative Political Culture

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? is it democracy? (Introduction) 2 Inviting 200 people to dinner (The Story of The Viand, our underground restaurant) 3 The feast that creates culture (How to change the economy) 4 From commodity to community (Artisan economics) 5 Dining with strangers (The Underground Restaurant Movement) 6 From the all-chefs to shop-cook-eat, […read the rest]

Sep 252011
Out of Order: The Political Violence of Social Control in the Era of Global Governance

Amory Starr Luis A. Fernandez Christian Scholl Don’t mind the press’ stupid title, the proper one is: Out of Order: The Political Violence of Social Control in the Era of Global Governance New York University Press ISBN: 9780814741009 September 2011  Recently, a wall was built in eastern Germany. Made of steel and cement blocks, topped with razor barbed wire, and reinforced with video monitors and movement sensors, this wall was not put up to protect […read the rest]

Apr 202010

radicalism, politics, organizing and safety on campus: a little operationalization Amory Starr chapter in Anthony Nocella, et. al., ed. Academic Repression: Reflections from the Academic Industrial Complex 2010: AK Press. This essay draws on my service as an assistant professor during a very political time period from 1998-2007 at two universities, categorized by the Carnegie ratings as a Research 1 and a Private Masters I. (When referring to the universities I will call them R1 and […read the rest]

Aug 232009

Participatory democracy has been studied as an auxiliary to state processes and as an institutional and cultural part of social movements. This paper examines the use of participatory democracy as a form of organization of society. It examines three case studies: the Zapatistas (México), the Movimento Sem Terra (Brasil), and the Autonomen (Germany). This was the first paper in what was to be a larger project including the Venezuelan participatory processes and the Argentine empreses […read the rest]

Jul 212009

…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 see movies generously funded by the state purporting to tell the history of anarchists. But it was a film festival…  (A friend has pointed out that since the German film industry is so small, almost all films receive some funding from the government.) But Badder-Meinhof Complex was the police name […read the rest]

Jul 212008

My overview of the literature Key points to keep in mind about social movements there is considerable debate about how to define them. it’s not always a problem. where it does become a problem of course is when you are not sure you’ve got ahold of one or not. Verta Taylor’s 1996 claim that women’s post-partum self-help groups are a social movement is at the core of the controversy, and she waded in there quite […read the rest]

Oct 112007

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 a critique of “capitalocentrism”, a sophisticated and useful concatenation of theories of resistance, and a surprisingly practical approach. The critique emphasizes that “capitalocentrism” is endemic to both neoliberal and left economic discourse. Capitalocentrism privileges “commodification (marketization), the concentration and centralization of capital, capitalist expansion (capital accumulation), labor-saving technological change”. It […read the rest]