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Re: <nettime> The Precariat and Climate Justice
Rob van Kranenburg on Sat, 7 Nov 2009 20:06:51 +0100 (CET)


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Re: <nettime> The Precariat and Climate Justice


Hi Felix,

I really share your optimism, but just not here:

> A crucial arena in this struggle, as Brian Holmes pointed out, are
> current fights of the university and knowledge as a commons.

One Vienna swallow does not a summer in Europe make.

I still get mails from friends at Universities to buy books from their
conferences for 140 euros published by Springer Verlag and when I tell
them I have no intention to pay twice - first through taxes allowing
a system to sponsor people at universities - and a second time to a
German publisher that I do not know personally, they do reply sure
we need to do something about that, but they are clever people and
realize that any real transformation of that system would also be the
end of the universities and their jobs ( and their lives build around
those jobs) as they have no other role to play any more then sheer
powerplay and regulations of knowledge careers through their formats
of ma and phd and prof.

So if "the necessary pressure cannot come from capitalist actors and
also not from the state which is largely captured by these actors." it
can by this very definition also not come from any source that starts
from one of key actors that helped to build the power hegemony: the
university itself,

cheers! Rob




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