[Barcelona] Conferences “Alternatives to Capitalism: Self-management in the spotlispotlight”

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[Barcelona] Conferences “Alternatives to Capitalism: Self-management in the spotlispotlight”

Within the framework of the CNT-AIT centenary (1910-2010), a series of
conferences brought together under the name of “Alternatives to
Capitalism: Self-management in the spotlight” will take place in
Barcelona. These conferences will be held throughout april 2010. The
contents will be organized in three blocks of lectures: theoretical,
historical and a broader one, based in more current experiences.

Poster:

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The theoretical block draws up a program of lectures on how the capitalist
system works, focusing on the present moment of economic and social
crisis. Anarcho-syndicalist proposals facing the crisis will also be
debated. This theoretical perspective is completed with several papers
which shall offer a wide vision of economic and social literature on the
subject of socialism and libertarian-communism models.

The historical block tries to put forward two strong models that may serve
as an alternative to the capitalist system. On the one hand, that of the
anarchist collectivization during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), for
which lectures will be included to explain how it worked in the different
regions where it was implemented (Catalonia, the Valencian Community,
Aragon, Castile, Andalusia). On the other hand, explanations will be
offered on the Yugoslav co-management model (1950-1990) with the purpose
of assessing this experience both in the light of a possible model for the
development of impoverished countries and from the limits imposed on
socialism by the five-year plan, the market and the One Party State, along
with a strictly libertarian vision of the whole process.

With the present block we intend to gain an insight on different
organizational experiences that fight against capitalism nowadays from a
self management point of view. In this sense, the contribution of the
CNT-AIT (labour and socioeconomic aspects) is included, as well as those
of other specific anarchist organizations (socio-political aspect), of
some models of cooperatives with a radical perspective (labour and
socioeconomic management aspect) or of cultural and study centres
(cultural aspect). Finally there’s place for initiatives linked to local
and municipal fields, such as those of squat social centres and
apartments, municipalism or local assemblies (local-political aspect).
Finally, from a wider geographical, and in some cases, thematic point of
view, live experiences from other places in the world will be debated,
such as social movements in Latin America, Chiapas, Brazil (Landless
Workers Movement, MST), Argentina (enterprises recovered by their
workers), Venezuela and Greece.

Updated information :

http://www.autogestion2010.info/lang/es-es/programa/#english

info@autogestion2010.info

Organizes:

Comisión del CeNTenario (Barcelona)

Collaborate:

Fundación Anselmo Lorenzo – FAL (http://www.cnt.es/fal)
Instituto de Ciencias Económicas y de la Autogestión – ICEA
(http://iceautogestion.org)
Fundació d’Estudis Llibertaris i Anarcosindicalistes – FELLA
(http://www.nodo50.org/fella)

Schedule:

Friday 9th April. Capitalist system: exploitation, conflict and destruction

-4 p.m. Introduction to the conferences. CNT Barcelona

-4.15 p.m. Where do we stand in the crisis? Miren Etxezarreta. Economist,
lecturer at Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) for 35 years and
member of the critic economic seminar TAIFA

-5.30 p.m. Capitalism today: crisis or downfall? Some thoughts. Toni
Castells. Economist.

-6.45 p.m. Anarcho-syndicalist proposals in the face of the economic
crisis. Gaspar Fuster. Economics teacher in Secondary Education and member
of the Institute of Economic and Self-management Sciences (ICEA).

-8 p.m General debate and conclusions

Place: Pati Manning – Auditori. C/ Montalegre, 7 ( L-3: Catalunya ó L-1 i
L-2 Universitat).

Saturday 10th April – Morning. Studies on self-management and models on
socialism and libertarian communism (I).

-10 a.m. Socialism and libertarian communism in economic thought until
1939. Lluís Rodríguez Algans. Economist and member of the Institute of
Economic and Self-management Sciences (ICEA).

-11.15 a.m. Self-management, an up-to date debate: participative planning
or re-conceptualization of the market. Endika Alabort Amundarain.
Economics lecturer at Basque Country University (Euskal Herriko
Unibertsitatea) and member of the Institute of Economic and
Self-management Sciences (ICEA).

-12.30 p.m. Institute of Economic and Self-management Sciences: study and
technical support for widespread self-management. Members of the ICEA.

-1.45 p.m. General debate and conclusions

Place: CCCB – Aula 1. C/ Montalegre, 5 ( L-3: Catalunya ó L-1 i L-2
Universitat).

Saturday 10th April – Evening. Studies on self-management and models on
socialism and libertarian communism (II).

-4 p.m.The economics of freedom: creating abundant lives for all (in
English). Jon Bekken. Member of the editorial collective of
Anarcho-syndicalist Review, former general secretary and treasurer of
Industrial Workers of the World.

-5.15 p.m. Inclusive Democracy as a political project for a new
libertarian synthesis: rationale, proposed social structure and transition
(in English). Takis Fotopoulos. Political philosopher and ex-senior
Lecturer in Economics at the University of North London (UK) where he
taught Political Economy for over twenty years. He has been the editor of
the theoretical journal Democracy & Nature, The International Journal of
Inclusive Democracy since 1992 and founder of the Inclusive Democracy
movement.

-6.30 p.m. Anarchist Planning for Twenty-first Century Economies: A
Proposal (in English). Robin Hahnel. Professor Emeritus at American
University where he taught Political Economy for thirty-three years, and
is currently Visiting Professor of Economics at Portland State University.
He is best known as co-creator along with Michael Albert of an economic
model known as “participatory economics” which is widely discussed as an
alternative to capitalism (PARECON).

-7.45 p.m. General debate and conclusions

Place: CCCB – Aula 1. C/ Montalegre, 5 ( L-3: Catalunya ó L-1 i L-2
Universitat).

Friday 16th April. Anarchist collectivization during the Spanish Civil War
1936-1939 (I)

-4p.m. Historical background and social aspects of the Civil War. Paco
Madrid. Historian.

-5.15p.m. Face to face against the state: the 1936 revolution and agrarian
collectivism in Catalonia. Marciano Cárdaba. Historian. Researcher in the
social, economic and political factors of agrarian collectivization in
Catalonia (1936-1939).

-6.30p.m. Collectivist transformations in the industry and services in
Catalonia (1936-1939). Toni Castells. Historian.

-7.45p.m. General debate and conclusions

Place: Pati Manning – Auditori. C/ Montalegre, 7 ( L-3: Catalunya ó L-1 i
L-2 Universitat).

Saturday 17th April – Morning. Anarchist collectivization during the
Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 (II)

-10a.m. “Agrarian collectivities in Aragon (1936-1939). Between revolution
and reaction.” Walther L. Bernecker. Professor of the History of Spain,
Portugal, and Latin-America at Friedrich Alexander University,
Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany).

-11.15a.m. Coup-d’etat, war and social transformation in Andalusia and
Castile (1936-1939). José Luis Gutiérrez Molina. Historian. Researcher in
contemporary social history, particularly in Andalusia.

-12.30p.m. Collectivities in the Valencian Community. Ending with the
typical topics. Manuel Vicent. Historian and archivist.

-1.45 p.m. General debate and conclusions

Saturday 17th April – Evening. Yugoslavia 1950-1990

-4 p.m. Unequal development as a limit to the self-management process. The
Yugoslav case. Ramón Franquesa. Lecturer of World Economy at University of
Barcelona (UB). Researcher in management of natural, renewable resources
and on Social Economy and non-capitalist economic organization processes

-5.15p.m. The Yugoslav selfmanagement squeezed by the plan, the market and
the single party : is the suppression of institutions the solution? (in
English). Catherine Samary. Professor and Researcher specialist of the
Yugoslav and East European transformations; activist in internationalist
networks.

-6.30p.m. Yugoslav Self-Management: An Anarchist perspective (in English).
Andrej Grubačić. Historian and anarchist sociologist. Researcher
in the subject of anarchism and the history of the Balkans. Member of
Industrial Workers of the World.

-7.45p.m. General debate and conclusions

Tuesday 20th April. Organizational models as an alternative to capitalism:
anarchism and anarcho-syndicalism.

-4p.m. CNT: syndicalism for social change. Genís Ferrero. Member of the
CNT Barcelona.

-5.15p.m. Libertarian organizations: Iberian Anarchist Federation (FAI),
Iberian Federation of Anarchist Youth (FIJA), Federation of Libertarian
Students (FEL).

-6.45p.m. Uruguayan Anarchist Federation. Specific anarchism, anarchist
direct action: towards the construction of the Popular Power. Mario
Remedios. Secretary of Affairs of FAU. Militant of the Germinal Ateneo in
the Villa Colón neighbourhood (Montevideo).

-8p.m. General debate and conclusions

Place: Centre Cívic Drassanes – Sala d’Actes. C/Nou de la Rambla 43. (
L-3: Liceu, Drassanes ó Paralel).

Wednesday 21st April. Organizational models as an alternative to
capitalism: cooperativism and municipalism.

-4p.m. Solidarity economy: the embryo of a new economy? Jordi García Jané.
Cooperativist, professor and writer on subjects related to solidarity
economy and social alternatives in general.

-5.15p.m. Cooperatives: production, finances and consumption. Mol-Matric,
Coop57, and Germinal.

-6.45p.m. Libertarian municipality on the way to self-management. Manel
Aisa. Historian.

Assembly of the neighbourhood of Sants. Mireia Rosselló.

-8p.m. General debate and conclusions

Place: Centre Cívic Drassanes – Sala d’Actes. C/Nou de la Rambla 43. (
L-3: Liceu, Drassanes ó Paralel).

Thursday 22nd April. Organizational models as an alternative to
capitalism: anarchism, culture and social movements.

-4p.m. House squatting and social centres. Jesús Rodríguez. Activist of
the squat movement.

-5.15p.m. Libertarian Ateneo. Popular Encyclopaedic Ateneo and Libertarian
Ateneo of Sants. Xavier Oller, historian and members.

-6.45p.m. Libertarian Centre of Studies: Foundation for Libertarian and
Anarcho-syndicalist Studies (Barcelona), Libertarian Centre of Studies,
Federica Montseny (Badalona), Libertarian Centre of Studies, Francesc
Sàbat (Terrassa), Foundation Anselmo Lorenzo (Madrid). Members.

-8p.m. General debate and conclusions

Place: Centre Cívic Drassanes – Sala d’Actes. C/Nou de la Rambla 43. (
L-3: Liceu, Drassanes ó Paralel).

Saturday 24th April – Morning. Nowadays experiences (I): Social Movements
in Latin America, Chiapas y Brazil.

-10 a.m. Social movements in Latin America: you can’t fight progressivism.
Raúl Zibechi. Thinker and activist, professor and researcher in social
movements, journalist and international analyst for La Jornada (Mexico)
and Brecha (Uruguay).

-11.15 a.m. Indigenous rebellion in Chiapas. Committee of Solidarity with
the Zapatist rebellion.

-12.30p.m. Landless Workers Movement from Brazil, the struggle for land,
Agrarian Reform, and a fairer society. María Carballo. Anthropologist and
member of the MST Support Committee of Barcelona since 1996.

-13.45. General debate and conclusions

Place: CCCB – Aula 2. C/ Montalegre, 5 ( L-3: Catalunya ó L-1 i L-2
Universitat).

Satruday 24th April – Evening. Nowadays experiences (II): Argentina,
Venezuela and Greece

-4p.m. From crisis to self-management: origins and perspectives of the
recovery of firms in Argentina. Luis Buendía. Economist and pre-doctoral
researcher at the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), and member of
the Institute of Economic and Self-management Sciences (ICEA).

-5.15p.m. Imperialism, social reform and popular power in Venezuela. Luis
Baños. Libertarian militant active in organizational, education and
popular struggle processes in the rural environment and the city.
Historian and member of the Institute of Economic and Self-management
Sciences (ICEA).

-6.30p.m. Tracking down social antagonism and anarchist-antiauthoritarian
movement in Greece. Anarchist companions from Greece.

-7.45p.m. General debate and conclusions

-8.15p.m. End of the program. CNT Barcelona

Place: CCCB – Aula 2. C/ Montalegre, 5 ( L-3: Catalunya ó L-1 i L-2
Universitat).

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akai
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Mar 13 2010 07:25

Don't know what's worse: sleaze from the Revolutionary Communist League on the program or PARECON.

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Joseph Kay
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Mar 13 2010 09:29

yes, i hope the spotlight is on self-management per se so to better tear it apart. when even the Economist is saying co-ops are a great way to get workers to accept austerity, we really do need to be pushing an explicitly libertarian communist alternative (which, incidentally will be self-managed). Argentina 2001, Aragon 1936 etc all represent things pushed as far as possible in the circumstances, not models to emulate.

akai
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Mar 13 2010 19:16

So- called self-management has many forms. One cannot overlook the E. European models, which include trying to put debt repayment onto worker shareholders and get them to accept the implementation the restructuring of their workplaces by vesting their interest in austerity measures. Unfortunately too many people have tried to pass off this type of crap as "self-management", supposedly sufficient in and of itself.

Off topic, since former Yugoslavia is on the list of topics, the workers at a brewery in Croatia occupied it last week, throwing out the boss and taking over production. But it is clear that they are not very sure what will happen further or the principles on which they should be self-managed. And this is quite a tricky question of course - I suggested that the Croatian comrades organize some discussions and write some articles on this. I wonder if anybody on this list has any experience with workers trying to take over production. In Poland we have, but only meeting workers who want to go into these worker-shareholder schemes, usually in co-management with old managers. I think we have some imagination about possible scenarios for these people and the problems with them but it probably would be quite worth while for people to discuss the false alternatives to capitalism, being offered up as "alternatives".