The economic crisis that erupted over five years ago in summer 2007 in the United States has since expanded to additional continents, transforming globalization itself. It is now evidently clear that the crisis, which began at the heart of capitalism, is affecting its periphery as well. At the same time, not all peripheries have entered this circle.
We’re Not Alone
Open urban public spaces (urban commons) are of paramount importance. They facilitate random contact between strangers, essential for building an urban society: they serve as arenas for social interaction, venues for the activities of marginalized groups, and places for direct, non-exclusionary encounters.
One of the material issues when social order is in discussion, is the Digital Divide, which is the connectivity of a specific population to the Internet. However, when every smart phone is a mean to access the internet, and when connectivity costs were reduced, and every corner has wireless internet connection, the question is not where someone has a right or ability to access the web, but a completely different one.
For the first time in history more people live in cities than any other type of settlement, and there is a need to make the city a place in which it is worth living. The ability to create this kind of city is closely linked to the ability of the individuals living in it to create community frameworks characterized by solidarity.
We must lay hold of the fact that economic laws are not made by nature. They are made by human beings (Franklin D. Roosevelt)
“Knowledge is power” is an oft-repeated mantra. I have yet to encounter anyone who challenges this aphorism. But what knowledge? Is all knowledge power? Or does all knowledge become power? And what turns knowledge into power?
“The Ma’abara will be a platform for organizing radical action which will move from the local struggles in East and West Jerusalem to the national level, from issues of public housing to all issues having to do with distributive justice and social equality, and out of the Israeli socio-economic periphery’s affinity to the Middle East and the struggle spreading throughout the entire world.”