Global Meeting in Venice

Make multitude, make autonomy, make worlds
Hacer multitud, construir autonomia, crear mundos

Venice, March 30, 31 and April 1 | 2007
Centro Sociale Rivolta - Piazzale Carlo Giuliani – Marghera

By Globalproject in collaboration with Associazione Ya Basta and Uninomade

Three days of meetings and workshops with the aim of collectively building knowledge, thought, and projects within and against Empire.

The starting point of our discussion is the fact that the productive, social and political spaces in which we live, move, fight are today immediately global. This is demonstrated by the worldwide organisation of interdependent networks of the exploitation of living labor,as the functioning ofstock markets and financial markets, and the development of communication networks.
But this fact is also made clear by a series of events that have been able to speak a language of rebellion and liberation immediately understandable at the four corners of the earth: the Zapatistas insurgency that began in January 1994; the December 1999 Seattle revolt; the days of Genoa in July 2001; the anti-war demonstrations in February 2003; along with the thousands conflicts that have arisen since then.

The defeat of an attempted coup d’etat. From unilateralism to "governance"

The form of command characterized by US unilateralism, theorised by neo-cons, and incarnated by the Bush administration, which employedthe theory and practice of “preventive war” as its principle instrument, has now come to an end. This was a real coup d’etat within Empire that was defeated by the many forms of resistance blocking its path: from the struggles against neo-liberalism globalisation to the insurrection (sometimes-armed) of populations under attack and military occupation. Though this fact does not mean that the strongest political and military power of the planet is not persisting in its politics of unilateral wars. The escalation in Iraq and the interventions in Africa are just an example. Anyway, today Bush’s strategy appears to be isolated, also by the other world elites.
A new form of command is developing around the concept of “governance”. It is a more flexible, articulated sort of command. It is a system of powers and relations that are multilateral and multiples. This new system registers the crisis in Imperial sovereignty’s legitimacy and mechanisms.
It therefore plays devices that try to control multitude’s irrepressible desire of freedom. We are not talking of anachronistic illusions of reform. Since today material spaces of mediation are seriously reduced by capitalistic development. Previous cycles’ elements are actually differently rearranged.
We are referring to former policies of redeployment, redistribution, repression, compromise and war. Which is today called by the name of international police, of humanitarian intervention and of peacekeeping.

Continents, critical zones, territories: from geopolitical spaces of command to laboratories of liberation struggles
Multilateral "governance" is articulated in large regional areas, whose borders are continental. And where old and new economical, political, military powers overlook the Imperial scenario. Europe, Russia, China and India; Northern America and Latin America. Other areas are taken as “zippers”, as fields of fight and partition of resources and powers. We are particularly referring to Middle East, Central Asia and most Africa. Contradictions are open and they propose issues and questions that hold a general meaning and a complex value. Global Meeting’s first aim develops from this frame. And it wishes to collectively draw a cartography of struggles and command.
A “picture in existence” does not make us content, though. We bravely believe that we together can try to identify all those characteristics that the various forms of social conflicts globally share. Such features may as well draw a possible horizon of radical transformation and liberation. Since any moment resistance spreads out against new and old powers, it itself holds, in embryonic or unfolded forms, relation building practices that are “other” from existent.
Some of us call this “rupture” or “constituent exodus”. Others prefer Zapatistas’ “otra campaña”. Which is the nexus that tightens the refusal of exploitation and the right armies have to resist up to the experiencing of local self-government. Indomitable autonomy of multitude’s struggles is affirmed against political and institutional dimension, which keeps trying to bring them back to sovereignty. And cooperation of equals grows large in networks. A new project of absolute and radical democracy can emerge from this space. From researching the new forms of multitude’s organisation, inside and against the system of “governance” imperial command.
This perspective cannot live through formulas that summaries general politics. This is today out of time. It should and must find precise real routes of struggle and organisation. We therefore propose open confrontation.
Global Meeting could be a place where participants elaborate shared proposals. We, for instance, think of next G8 summit that is to take place in Germany next June. What initiatives can we think of? We could also discuss about the building of a net that studies social and political compositions of migrants’ multitudes in Europe and at its borders…
We ourselves would like to start discussing on these and other proposals with the contribution of you all.

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