By David Harvey
Manifesto at the city commons from the acclaimed theorist.
Long ahead of the Occupy circulation, sleek towns had already develop into the principal websites of progressive politics, the place the deeper currents of social and political swap upward thrust to the outside. as a result, towns were the topic of a lot utopian considering. yet while also they are the facilities of capital accumulation and the frontline for struggles over who controls entry to city assets and who dictates the standard and association of everyday life. Is it the financiers and builders, or the people?
Rebel Cities locations town on the center of either capital and sophistication struggles, destinations starting from Johannesburg to Mumbai, and from ny urban to São Paulo. Drawing at the Paris Commune in addition to Occupy Wall highway and the London Riots, Harvey asks how towns can be reorganized in additional socially simply and ecologically sane ways—and how they could turn into the focal point for anti-capitalist resistance.
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Extra resources for Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution
How we view the world and define possibilities depends on which side of the tracks we are on and on what kinds of consumerism we have access to. In the past decades, the ne oliberal turn has restored class power to rich elites. 1 1 In a single year several hedge fund managers in New York raked in $3 billion in personal remuneration, and Wall Street bonuses have soared for individuals over the last few years from around $5 m illion towards the $50 million mark for top players (putting real estate prices in M anhattan out of sight).
When these rules necessarily get not only bent but broken, as happens in the case of credit and interest, then new prospects for theorizing are opened up that go beyond the insights that Marx has already produced. Marx actually rec ognizes this m ight happen at the very o utset of h is endeavors. In the Grundrisse, he thus says of consumption, the most recalcitrant of his cat egories for analysis given the singularities involved, that while it, like the study of use values, "actually belongs outside of economics;' the p ossibil ity exists for consumption to react "in turn upon the point of departure (production) and initiate the whole pro cess anew:' ' 3 Th is is particularly the case with pro ductive consumption, the lab or process itself.
Th e World B ank plainly favors speculative capital over people. The idea that a city can do well (in terms of capital accumulation) while its people (apart from a privileged class) and the environment do badly, is never examined. Even worse, the report is deeply complicit with the poli cies that lay at the root of the crisis of 2007-09. Th is is particularly odd, given that the report was published six months after the Lehman bank ruptcy and nearly two years after the US housing market turned sour and the foreclosure tsunami was cle arly identifiable.