Re: (Eng) Summary of recent Italian posts

Profit Margin (
Thu, 07 Mar 96 22:16:30 AEST

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Subject: (Eng) Summary of recent Italian posts
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Date: Thu, 07 Mar 1996 15:50:07 +1000
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'On Monday 26 February, at around noon, a phalanx of militants from FUAN
(the university organisation of Alleanza Nazionale) and the neo-nazi group
Gioventu' Nazional-popolare attacked students taking part in a sit-in
against the daily presence in the Faculty of Law of neo-nazi groups, the
same groups which have covered the city's wall with graffiti praising the
Holocaust and Nazism, and calling for the release of Priebke.'

The nazis were eventually driven off by force, but not before the campus
sections of Rifondazione Comunista and the PDS denounced this act of
militant anti-fascism (their leaflet is appended to the original post).

An account of the ongoing debate about the place (if any) of 'non-profit'
enterprises within the social centres' (CSA) project of self-organisation
against capital and the state.

'A FIRST POSITION sees the AASTER proposal [translator's note - one of the
first plans to recast the CSA as 'non-profit' enterprises] as threatening
to normalise the experience of the CSA, making them compatible with the
existing order by removing them from the terrain of antagonism, conflict
and widespread and direct action in the territory . . . turning them into
mere providers of low cost social services that the state does not or has
never wanted to provide. A SECOND POSITION opposes the 'sociological' and
ambiguous cast of the AASTER proposal, but considers that some mass social
and political battles CAN BE FOUGHT on the terrain of the social or
'non-profit' enterprise, or of socially useful work, despite the fact that
economic and political power seek to make this terrain functional to a
logic of social service cuts, and the guarantee of of a minimum amount of
low cost services run by the so-called 'social private sector'. This second
position is further divided into two strands. Some conceive the social
enterprise as an instrument to be used pragmatically to launch mass
struggles around the questions of labour and income, in a situation where
more 'traditional' instruments (such as committees of unemployed or casual
workers) have proved not always effective. The sort of enterprises they
have in mind would include some of the cooperatives and forms of
self-production long linked to the CSA. Others understand these as possible
instruments for bringing together a labouring subject that has been
fragmented and rendered flexible, self-employed and/or casualised by
post-fordism, and is thus currently alien to collective forms of action.
Others again see the social enterprise as an instrument for the promotion
of new reticular, diffuse revolutionary strategies, based upon the
progressive disengagement from the state and market of spaces in which
alternative forms of production and the organisation of social life can be
experimented with, detached from the logic of profit.'

Profit Margin
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Melbourne, Australia

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