The Stimulator: Spring of Rage + The Take (2004) (Naomi Klein)

this shop is controlled by its workers

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stimulator

This week:

1. Bossnapping
2. Factory Occupations
3. G20 Meltdown
4. N.ot A.ll T.hat O.rganized
5. La Rage
6. The effectiveness of protests
7. GBFMYC

watch via http://submedia.tv/stimulator/2009/04…

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replaced video Jun 21, 2014

The Take (2004)

Lebanese Nostalgia on Dec 20, 2011

Description from: http://thetake.org/index.cfm?page_nam…

In suburban Buenos Aires, thirty unemployed auto-parts workers walk into their idle factory, roll out sleeping mats and refuse to leave.

All they want is to re-start the silent machines. But this simple act – The Take – has the power to turn the globalization debate on its head.

In the wake of Argentina’s dramatic economic collapse in 2001, Latin America’s most prosperous middle class finds itself in a ghost town of abandoned factories and mass unemployment. The Forja auto plant lies dormant until its former employees take action. They’re part of a daring new movement of workers who are occupying bankrupt businesses and creating jobs in the ruins of the failed system.

But Freddy, the president of the new worker’s co-operative, and Lalo, the political powerhouse from the Movement of Recovered Companies, know that their success is far from secure. Like every workplace occupation, they have to run the gauntlet of courts, cops and politicians who can either give their project legal protection or violently evict them from the factory.

The story of the workers’ struggle is set against the dramatic backdrop of a crucial presidential election in Argentina, in which the architect of the economic collapse, Carlos Menem, is the front-runner. His cronies, the former owners, are circling: if he wins, they’ll take back the companies that the movement has worked so hard to revive.

Armed only with slingshots and an abiding faith in shop-floor democracy, the workers face off against the bosses, bankers and a whole system that sees their beloved factories as nothing more than scrap metal for sale.

With The Take, director Avi Lewis, one of Canada’s most outspoken journalists, and writer Naomi Klein, author of the international bestseller No Logo, champion a radical economic manifesto for the 21st century. But what shines through in the film is the simple drama of workers’ lives and their struggle: the demand for dignity and the searing injustice of dignity denied.

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In general, this documentary shows A) how neo-liberal politics can utterly destroy a country and B) how syndicalist and anarchist concepts can work today. (Which are exactly the concepts behind the resistance, although they seldom call themselves anarchist they certainly achieve what anarchists have been striving for for generations.)

from the archives:

Argentina’s Economic Collapse (full video)

Man dies during G20 protests in London (video link; updated)

The New Class and The Workers by Gaither Stewart (+ NATO protest video)

Royal Bank of Scotland – Give Us Back Our F****** Money

The Financial War Against Iceland by Prof Michael Hudson

Worldwide Depression: Regional Impacts of the Global Crisis, Part II by Prof. James Petras

More IMF Economic Medicine Is Not the Solution by Michel Chossudovsky

It’s the End of the World as We know it and I feel FINE: Goose Liver Revolution

13 thoughts on “The Stimulator: Spring of Rage + The Take (2004) (Naomi Klein)

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  12. Great post.

    Actually the h/t for The Take (along with The Corporation) goes to Beth, the incredible feral cat rescuer, who converted me from fashion-fixated designer to 911 conspiracy theorist and rather radical anti-capitalist, vegetarian animal-rights proponent.

    Amazing the effect one single brilliant (albeher quite otherwise nutz) fragrant female can have on the ignorant slob…

    Glad I’ve graduated to Lo, but never woulda found Lo if it wasn’t for ‘Batsheva’ Beth.

    Again, great post.

    • Well, thanks to Beth for alerting you to this film. I’m still watching it in-between posting tonight. We can learn a lot from what the Argentine people have gone through.

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      Hmm, Natureboy, you were fashion conscious? Glad you’ve come around to being an anti-Capitalist!

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