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[Xmca-l] Re: poverty/class

One of the themes of the correlation you mention, Mike, is the focus on "the creative industries." There are theories about the way cities can escape from their rust-bucket depression by promoting "the creative industries." These include software development (e.g. computer games), advertising, packaging and fashion. That's probably fine for urban renewal, except for the artists who get booted out of their old warehouses which get done up for the expected "creative industries," but where it's has a big negative impact in the academy is in the "critical sciences." People involved in social and political criticism are suddenly faced with imperatives to serve the "creative industries." So feminist, philosophical and political critiques, which were surviving by a thread, now have to educate software makers who are building computer games or artists who are designing advertisements all in the name of needing to support the "creative industries."

Avram, I am not convinced that creating niche economies can in any way ameliorate the domination of big capital. We have to find a way to penetrate and subvert the sources of capitalist exploitation, rather than offering "alternatives," I think. Capitalism can do perfectly well without a certain percentage of the world's population who find an "alternative".


*Andy Blunden*

mike cole wrote:

So my noticing of the fascination and promotion of "culture and creativity" discourse, design schools, and neoliberalism may be more than a symptom of failing eyesight?
On Friday, March 21, 2014, Avram Rips <arips@optonline.net <mailto:arips@optonline.net>> wrote:

    The problem is the connection between people alienated from their
    labor, or no labor and building a new democratic structure- that
    can happen in a small scale , and spread out to new modes of
    production away from the destruction of capital-such as chiapas
    and taking over factories in Argentina.
    ----- Original Message ----- From: "Andy Blunden" <ablunden@mira.net>
    To: "eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity" <xmca-l@mailman.ucsd.edu>
    Sent: Friday, March 21, 2014 8:35 AM
    Subject: [Xmca-l] Re: poverty/class

        Yes, it seems to me that the burgeoning inequality created by
        neoliberalism is a situation crying out for imaginative social
        entrepreneurship, i.e., social movement building. It is good
        to hear that the 1/99 protests have generated talk about
        inequality, but that in itself does not create a solution,
        does it?
        *Andy Blunden*
        http://home.mira.net/~andy/ <http://home.mira.net/%7Eandy/>

        Avram Rips wrote:

            Innovation and entrepreneurship  in some ways means
            capital crowding out social space and solidarity. This is
            evident in cities-whole neighborhoods taken over by
            wealthy crafts people, and little focus on co-operative
            movements for working class people-where a new focus on
            participatory democracy can be developed ,and working
            class culture in the Gramscian sense. take care! Avram
            ----- Original Message ----- From: "mike cole"
            To: "Andy Blunden" <ablunden@mira.net>
            Cc: "eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity"
            Sent: Friday, March 21, 2014 12:31 AM
            Subject: [Xmca-l] Re: poverty/class

                Andy--- My intent in the garbled sentence you query
                was to suggest that the
                discourse in the US around vicious inequalities has
                increased markedly in
                the past year in tandem with a kind of frenzy in those
                parts of academia I
                come in contact with about "design, culture, and
                creativity" all of which
                are linked to innovation and entrepreneurship. I very
                interested in the
                nature of imagination and creativity but I they often
                appear to be new code
                words for social and individual salvation in a lean,
                mean, neo-liberal

                Maybe just another of my confusions.

                On Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 6:14 PM, Andy Blunden
                <ablunden@mira.net> wrote:

                    Mike, could you clarify a little your comment
                    below ...

                    *Andy Blunden*

                    mike cole wrote:

                        ... My fear that is appearance is
                        non-accidentally rated to explosion of
                        concern about poverty/class (the 1%/99% idea
                        has become ubiquitous in


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