This is DVD Number 5 from the Z Sessions On Vision & Strategy held in Woods Hole, Massachusetts in June 2006.
In Part 1, Tom Wetzel describes ways the working class can liberate itself from the system of capitalist ownership, managers, and Mafia-style union hierarchies. He presents arguments for the creation of a new labor movement and for self-managed mass worker/union organizations that can gain self-confidence through struggle for change. In Part 2, subtitled “Don’t Mourn, Balkanize,”
Andrej Grubacic argues for a “balkanizing” of the revolutionary project; that is to “unthink” inherited, narrow-minded paradigms with a particular focus on the ideas and practice of the project of anarchism, and its prefigurative ideal of social change. He looks, in particular, at the French and Russian revolutions. Part 1 is 60 minutes, Part 2 is 40 minutes; with introduction and Q&A.
At the June 2006 Z Sessions On Vision & Strategy, 31 activists, writers, and teachers from the U.S., Canada, France, the UK, and South America gathered in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Various participants presented papers on economics, gender, politics, race and ethnicity throughout the seven-day event. The goal was to explore ideas about long-term vision and to consider forming an international project for a participatory society.
Copies of the papers associated with these video presentations can be found at Z Sessions; information on the group IPPS, which formed from these sessions, is available at International Project for a Participatory Society.