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Self-managed Life Style

May 15th, 2008

Belgrade, 2018.

These are the last days of the nation-states and of corporative economy, and even here things start to change. The Serbian prime minister won with the slogan: We are pro-capitalist, but anti-corporatist! Serbia finally found its way to Europe. It sounded progressive compared to what we inherited from the local primary accumulation of capital: monopoly on the one hand, corporation on the other. Anti-corporatism is a wide movement that unites-in-differences European leftists and rightists. The leftists expect it results in opening the public space and a horizontal distribution of power. Rightists grasp it as a tool for globalization’s dissolution, and an imaginary return to the nation-state. Even anarchists like it, as it promises that labour power is separated from the state. I also stand for it as I hate any kind of “collecting as a body”. Many of us, free-lancers of the independent cultural-artistic scene accept the inevitable “pro-capitalist” for the sake of the “anti-corporatist”. And here we are. (more…)

(Workers’) Self-management

August 31st, 2007

In general terms, self-management is a set of methods by which individuals or groups effectively and efficiently direct their own activities toward the achievement of certain goals. As it goes hand in hand with neo-liberal market economy and its ideology of individualization, it is encouraged as a super efficient and cheap performance mode.
Workers’ self-management (radničko samoupravljanje) is a specific organizational model of economics where workers have decision-making power. It cancels the division between those who make decisions and those who execute them, those who produce and those who decide upon the product(ion). Autogestion was conceptualized first by P.J. Proudhon in 19th century. In 20th century, it was developed in Spain (fábrica recuperada movement) and in SFRYugoslavia (as official model of cooperative socialist economy), and partly also in some other contexts (in France, Algeria, USA, etc.) (more…)

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