Federico Campagna et al hosted a discussion of their book (What We Are Fighting For) at Somerset House on Saturday evening. The discussion, entitled ‘Redrawing the Maps‘ used the book as a starting point, with a talk from Campagna and Huw Lemmey, a London-based writer and activist. The discussion was in-depth and fostered quite a bit of debate. Luckily, rather than me transcribing it all, someone in the audience took a video recording of the evening on their phone; here it is:
The age of austerity has brought a new generation of protesters on to the streets across the world. As the economic crisis meets the environmental crisis, millions fear what the future will bring but also dare to dream of a different society.
What We Are Fighting For tries to answer the question that the mainstream media loves to ask the protesters. The first radical, collective manifesto of the new decade, it brings together some of the key theorists and activists from the new networked and creative social movements. Contributors include Owen Jones, David Graeber, John Holloway, Nina Power, Mark Fisher, Franco Berardi Bifo and Marina Sitrin.
Chapters outline the alternative vision that animates the new global movement – from ‘new economics’ and ‘new governance’ to ‘new public’ and ‘new social imagination’. The book concludes by exploring ‘new tactics of struggle’.