Trial and Error: The Politics of Reclaiming the Economy from Below

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Social movements across the globe embrace the commons as non-capitalist economies that are rooted in social relationships and that are motivated by community needs and not by markets. But when we speak of non-capitalist economies, or when we speak of the economy at all, we need to expand our definition, especially as it relates to work and labor. In her talk at the “Un|Commons” conference Harsha Walia reflected upon a people’s redefinition of the economy by focusing on the struggles of people that are criminalized in our societies. The session was recorded on October 25, 2015 at the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg Platz, and you can listen to it by pressing the play button above.

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