On the ‘social strike’ – Contribution for the Plan C Fast Forward Festival September 2015

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On the ‘social strike Contribution for the Plan C Fast Forward Festival September 2015

Dear fellow travellers,

We send the following thoughts ahead of the Plan C festival hoping that it will allow people who attend the meeting to prepare and people who cannot attend to take part in the debate.

In the following text we first summarise basic thoughts about the general political significance of strikes. We then give three examples of struggles during summer 2015, which force us to concretise the debate about ‘social strike’. In order to do this we think that we have to critically reconsider theoretical concepts such as ‘the multitude’ or ‘universal rights’ which are still prevalent within the ‘social strike debate’, but which have been put into question by the crisis of neoliberalism and the wave of struggles against austerity post-2009. To develop a new understanding of the composition of the…

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