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Spain’s 15M: The passion of rebellion

Spain’s 15M was a dream, it was the feeling that the world could be changed, it was the spaces and the times of assemblies, in which new worlds were created and imagined by an untameable many, the many who awoke to their voices and bodies; it was enthusiastic friendship, joy, and dedicated work.

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The 10th anniversary of 15M

The ten years that separate us from the year of 2011, the rebellious year of city square and street occupations, beginning with the “Arab Spring” and moving through cities in Spain, Greece, the UK, and then onto the United States, and elsewhere, seems ever more distant, consequence of the illusion created by media silence, political co-optation and/or repression and the erasure of history and time in the eternal present of life under Capital.

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Peter Gelderloos: What went wrong for the municipalists in Spain?

Peter Gelderloos’ critical appraisal of spain’s “municipalities of change” is timely.

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Reading Our Times With Now: The Invisible Committee

Beginning by abandoning the old idea of revolution and reinventing it … Not as a new ideology but as a true praxis of an ethics of freedom to redefine the desirable and the undesirable and to create a new subjectivity that makes possible the impossible.

Octavio Alberola, Revolución o colapso

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15M Appropriations and Revolutions: Fragmentary Visions in Spain

Perhaps the most radical legacy of 15M lies in the ways in which the expansion of self-managed forms of life have reshaped subjectivities, which in turn feed back into those forms.  ¨With 15M”, writes Carolina León, “like a slap of turmoil and spring with its precariousness, I knew that their existed a politics in each one of us, and that was an experience of transcending solitude.  … [T]he “revolution” has already triumphed, because it allowed a countless number of people to get out of themselves, to concern themselves with more than what belonged to them and pursue the discussion about living together.” (Carolina León, Trincheras permanentes, 11-2)  But to so speak of “revolution” does presuppose that it be re-conceptualised (the dogmatism on this issue by some anarchists is precisely the reason why Tomás Ibáñez thought that it was a good thing that 15M was free of anarchist organisations); a re-conceptualisation that is called for even if within anarchism, the idea of revolution as a single, insurrectionary event was always accompanied by a notion of social change that imagined revolution as emerging from expanding initiatives of self-management.

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#Wuppertal #15M: Informationsveranstaltung zum Thema “Repression in Spanien & Medienaktivismus”

carga_policial_barcelona_desalojo_4SWDie neuen Gesetze, die in Spanien gegen Aktivist*Innen entwickelt wurden, sind hierzulande nur wenigen bekannt. Doch durch den Fakt, dass die Polizei selbst Strafen ausstellen kann, bis zu 600.000 Euro hoch, ohne das ein Gericht dies bestätigt, bedeutet de facto dass der Polizeiwillkür keine Grenzen gesetzt sind. Unliebsame Kritiker*Innen werden mit hohen Geldstrafen versehen, die sie, wenn sie nicht in der Lage sind, sie zu bezahlen, mit Tagessätzen im Gefängnis absitzen dürfen. Das Dokumentieren von Polizeigewalt fällt ebenso in diese Kategorie wie das Anmelden und Organisieren von Demonstrationen an unerwünschten Orten (Wohn- und Arbeitsräume von Politiker*Innen und Wirtschaftseliten). Sogar die Teilnahme an solchen Protest-Aktionen kann mit hohen Geldstrafen geahndet werden.

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