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Capitalism and Resistance in the 21st Century
Date Saturday December 17
Time 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Details
703 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz
Event Type Class/Workshop
Organizer/AuthorSubRosa Collective
CrimethInc. Presents: Capitalism and Resistance in the 21st Century

A discussion drawing on our new book, 'Work'

After so much technological progress, why do we have to work more than ever before? Why does the old labor movement seem to be powerless to stop the new assault on workers? Can capitalism survive another century of crises? And how do we get out of this mess?

Please join us for a high-energy discussion of these questions and more. We'll be discussing contemporary capitalism and resistance, both to demystify the former and strategize for the latter. We will examine the historical foundation of our current situation, but also delve into the global upheavals of the past year, drawing on first-hand reports and participation.

'Work' is the combined effort of a group of people who have already spent many years in pitched struggle against capitalism. Some of us used to be students or pizza deliverers or dishwashers; others still are construction workers or graphic designers or civic-minded criminals. But all of us have lived under capitalism since we were born, and that makes us experts on it. No one has to have a degree in economics to understand what's happening: it's enough to get a paycheck or a pink slip and /pay attention/. We're suspicious of the experts who get their credentials from on high, who have incentives to minimize things that are obvious to everyone else.

For years, CrimethInc. ex-Workers have occupied the marginalized and precarious economic position that is now coming to characterize the entire US working class/. /Consequently, we have occupied ourselves with the project of elaborating what a radical response to exclusion from the workplace might look like. We believe that, In an age of precarity, sustainable struggles must be based outside our positions within the economy, which we can lose at any time. That is to say, the only politics with any future is a politics grounded in outside agitation.

Who is more entitled to occupy a school than those who can no longer afford to attend it? Who is more entitled to occupy a factory than those who cannot find work within it? Capitalism is not just in crisis—even at its best, it is incapable of fulfilling our needs. We must all become outside agitators if we are to make our way to a better world.
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