Michigan Citizen, Nov. 27-Dec. 3, 2005

We are in the midst of a great transformation, not only
economically but psychologically, culturally, politically,
in our relations with one another, to the Earth, to other
species and to other peoples of the world, and in our
concept of ourselves and of our rights and responsibilities
as human beings.

To an unprecedented degree, as we approach 2006, millions
of us are aware that our present and impending disasters
are not natural but man-made, the consequence of our
limitless pursuit of capital accumulation.

Up to now the main victims of this have been the peoples
of the global South. But now the chickens are coming home
to roost. In our own countries, the United States and
throughout Europe, there are tens of millions who for
decades have been marginalized, living how they can,
without any social safety nets, unemployed, disempowered,
disenfranchised, disengaged, disrespected, and without a
perspective of another positive future.

These people in the so-called informal sector are now being
joined by those who through centuries of struggle and
sacrifices thought they could look forward to a stable and
secure future for themselves and their children.

At this moment and under these circumstances it would be
easy to despair. But this universal crisis is not only
a danger but a promise, an opportunity to advance
ourselves and our societies to a new level, based on a
new vision, new principles and values:

• Respect for the limits of the earth
• Responsibility for community and not just for self
• Concern for posterity into the seventh generation
• Partnership instead of patriarchal relations
• A new concept of Work based on use values and skills
• Resistance to commodification of human relationships
• and of all life
• Local, sustainable and self-reliant economies instead of one global dominant economy
• Diversity instead of monocultures
• Restore the joy of living in community with all creatures
• Practice global citizenship to preserve the best of our historical traditions
• Social justice and cooperation instead of exploitation and competition
• WE can begin by restoring our relationships to each other and to the Earth
• WE can create gardens, for food, health and to create a community as a basis for resistance, for learning and enjoyment of young and old.
• WE can create new subsistence skills to grapple with our present problems and the challenges to come.
• WE can transform our schools from job-and-career-oriented institutions to places where children and young people can learn the values of teamwork, serving the community, self-reliance and the joys of creativity
• WE can initiate discussions in our communities locally, nationally and internationally on new visions, a new perspective, and the profound historical meaning of the great turning during this time in which we live.
• WE can share and spread the word of what people are already doing to create a better world.

Grace Lee Boggs, Detroit, Michigan.,
Maria Mies, Koeln, Germany, Women and Life on Earth (WLOE)
Shea Howell, Detroit, Michigan
Werner Ruhoff, Koeln, Germany
Hilmar Kunath, Hamburg, Germany
Elisabeth Voss, Berlin, Germany
Irina Vellay, Dortmund, Germany

This statement emerged from some of the participants in the
International Workshop on Self-Organizing and Common Self-Reliance,
Cologne, Germany, October 20-22, 2005.

Technology made durable analysis

Part 1

When analysing an object and its progress, Bruno Lotour states that one cannot just look at the social relations (human relations) or technical relations (non-human-relations) of that object individually. Rather one must combine the human and non-human aspects of the object into a chain, and it is through this chain (of human and non-human relations) that one can begin to better understand the objects translation or evolution (whether that be forwards or backwards). As a result of this chain one comes to the essence of the object and seeing if the object has become more successful. The success of the object can be seen by asking the question has a human replaced a non-human or has a non-human replaced a human.

Part 2

Trajectory or translation?

Form or Content?

Social content or technical content?

Realistic or unrealistic?

Local or global?

Slow or fast?



free for what?

This, I think, shows what being free means. Not cutting off one’s ties with others but making networks out of these connections in co-operation with them. Émigrés become free, not when they deny their lost homeland, but when they come to terms with it.

Changing the question ‘free from what?’ into ‘free for what?’; this change that occurs when freedom has been achieved has accompanied me on my migrations like a basso continuo. This is what we are like, those of us who are nomads, who come out of the collapse of a settled way of life.