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(en) PGA*-inspired newsletter, #3 - "Move into the Light?: Postscript to a turbulent 2007" By Turbulence + Civilization in a crisis

Date Fri, 14 Dec 2007 09:27:30 +0200



At the beginning of 2007, the Turbulence collective commissioned 14 articles
from around the global 'movement of movements', asking authors: "What would it
mean to win?" We edited their responses into a newspaper and printed 7,000
copies, most of which were distributed at the mobilisation against the G8 summit
in Heiligendamm, Germany, in June. A few months later, we want to return to the
question of winning. As we resume our search it's no surprise that we keep
coming across the problem of visibility. When we think about winning, our eyes
are drawn to things that are highly visible or easy-to-measure, such as
institutional or legislative change, the opening of a social centre or an
increase in membership. That's where the light is. But we also need to assess
victories in the less tangible though just as real realm of possibilities.
Winning in this realm may involve increased potential, changes in perception or
patterns of behaviour. Yet these seem to exist at the very edge of the luminous
zone.

This problem leads into another: our experiences create their own luminosity and
consequently their own areas of darkness. When we think about winning we are
drawn to movements, people and events that are familiar to us; and we have
expectations about how things should turn out if they are to constitute a victory.

So how can we overcome our night-blindness once we move beyond the familiar?...
To read more, go to:
http://www.turbulence.org.uk/moveintothelight.html
To download the new Turbulence booklet, "Move into the Light?",
as a PDF go to:

http://www.turbulence.org.uk/Resources/postscript_1107.pdf
To help distribute the booklet, or to offer a
translation, please write to:

editors@turbulence.org.uk
A web-banner linking directly to the article can also be
downloaded from:

http://www.turbulence.org.uk/Resources/banner_234x60.jpg
Copies of the booklet can be ordered via our website,
www.turbulence.org.uk
And, as ever, we're keen for comments, criticism and
feedback on the text.
The Editors: www.turbulence.org.uk | editors@turbulence.org.uk
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Civilization in a crisis

A meeting was held by Kolektif / Ego, by the group member Dilaver Demira, taking
place at the "Institute of History and Society Arts". Titled "Is it water that
is insufficient? Political Ecology of the Water Crisis", it focused on
eco-political aspects of global water problems.

Kolektif / Ego had been setting up these meetings at "Institute of History and
Society Arts" in Beyoglu/Istanbul for a while and this was the second one. The
meeting was held by the member Dilaver Demira at 2:00 pm and water crisis was
discussed in all aspects.

Demira stated that water was not insufficient but only limited, then it became
insufficient in the process of civilization. Water was merchandised, it became a
product and water crisisemerged afterwards.

He initially stated that there is specific and constant amount of water on earth
and then gave some statistics about the amount and share of water on earth. He
then cited that these statistics were a proof for the argument "water is not
insufficient but only limited" and the reason for water running low is that
water resources have been exploited by industrial agriculture methods, industry
and metropolian gigantic cities and this is stemming mostly from the fact
that water is not anymore something that people respect but something people use
only for meeting their needs.

Civilization raised disorder

In the second part of his speech, he denoted the institutions humanity set up in
the process of civilization. The first turning point of this process was
religious symbolism and rites which came up by burying the dead. The second
turning point was magic, as it was an instrument to control nature and making it
an object for the needs. Following settlements and agriculture came the
nationalization and urbanization process which made water and soil taken into
custody cutting their natural course. The basic idea of this was as getting more
and more civilized, kolektif/ego emerged on May 2007 as an anti-authoritarian
affinity group whose members came across each other both on terms of common
concern and in a somewhat accidental manner.
kolektif/ego works on a consensus-based decision-making process.
kolektif/ego rejects: Capitalism, The state and etatism, Militarism,
Nationalism, Territorialism, Racism, Discrimination, All forms of sexism and
heterosexism, Gerontocracy, Speciesism, scienticism and "colonization" of
nature, Hierarchy, All forms of moralism, authority and domination that hinder
people's self-control and self-determination over their daily lives.
kolektif/ego regards meeting of dissimilarities on a common ground and
respects differences. Claims that horizontality, direct democracy,
responsibility-taking and direct participation to the decision-making process
should be recognized by all radical dissidence against the State and Capitalism.
kolektif/ego encourages mutual aid within the group and desires to develop
networks of solidarity with other libertarian and anti-authoritarian groups. It
stands for the elimination of the sexist codes which persist even within radical
dissident political practice. It supports the formation of libertarian social
networks that encourage individuals and groups to realize creative practices.
kolektif/ego recognizes the cultural space and everyday life as grounds of
struggle and claims to revolutionize them. It embraces disobedient and direct
forms of action. It works on the use of forms of cultural expression as a method
of political activism and the improvement and generalization of culture-
jamming techniques. kolektif/ego, knowing that mockery of their power is what
the rulers fear most, adopts in principle laughing histerically (accompanied by
7 pieces of flatus salute) at any official, popular and traditional cultural
code, from the chamber pot of the Pope to the mausolea of statesmen.

humanity tried to demolish disorder and uncertainty, everything was tried to set
up as predictable and conditionable and controling the nature was stemming from
this idea. Political power, the idea of state, emerged with this concept,
converting disorder and uncertainty into order and predictable.
He then stated, efforts to convert disorder into order are useless because as
the complexity increases disorder and fragility grows. A way of life, taking the
limits of nature into account decreases the effects of disorder and fragility
stemming from disorder will be replaced with a more relative balance.
Capitalist society will not be able to prevent ecologic crisis because it builds
up a more fragile social system to demolish disorder and uncertainty. In the
future the natural support systems of the earth will collapse thus eventually
civilization will collapse. People should make preparations this very moment
about the issue. An egalitarian social system where there is no state, where
society will directly participate in decision making process will be established
in this process.
PGA Hallmarks
1. A very clear rejection of capitalism, imperialism and feudalism; all
trade agreements, institutions and governments that promote destructive
globalisation.
2. We reject all forms and systems of domination and discrimination
including, but not limited to, patriarchy, racism and religious fundamentalism
of all creeds. We embrace the full dignity of all human beings.
3. A confrontational attitude, since we do not think that lobbying can
have a major impact in such biased and undemocratic organisations, in which
transnational capital is the only real policy-maker.
4. A call to direct action and civil disobedience, support for social
movements' struggles, advocating forms of resistance which maximize respect for
life and oppressed peoples' rights, as well as the construction of local
alternatives to global capitalism.
5. An organisational philosophy based on decentralisation and autonomy.
PGA is a tool for coordination, not an organization. PGA has no members and does
not have and will not have a juridical personnality. Nor organisation or person
represents PGA.
How to get involved ?

You can search for your local infopoint at:
http://europe.pgaconference.org/en/pga/infopoints/existing_infopoints
Or you can write to one of those mailing lists:
1. European Mailing Lists
· pga_europe_process@squat.net: PGA process, organization, conferences
and internal
discussions
· pga_europe_resistance@squat.net: announcements about actions around
europe
· pga-announce@pgaconference.org: to receive main announcements
relating to PGA
projects and meetings, to be invited to next conference and other
bigger events
· pga-i18n@pgaconfrence.org: if you have any translations skills, this
is the list you
can join and where you can for translation of calls, important mails
and documents
· pga-infopoints@pgaconference.org: a list used for various infopoint
administrative
tasks, for new infopoints who want to be listed, for old infopoints
who want to update
their survey, and to send the various documents and translations that
should be added
to the infopoint webpage
· pga-www@pgaconference.org: this is the list of people dealing with
this very website
2. Global Communication
· globalaction@lists.riseup.net: for the PGA global process
· convenors@lists.riseup.net: for convenors
· pgawana@lists.riseup.net: for PGA Middle-East
Or you can also visit one of the followng sites:
http://pgaconference.org
http://peoplesglobalaction.org
http://www.agp.org
http://all4all.org
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