The European Network in Political Ecology (ENTITLE) joins the editorial board of Capitalism Nature Socialism in its statement in support of Professor David Correia. As individual researchers and as a collective we are passionately committed to combining our scientific work with a commitment to democracy and social and environmental justice. Therefore, we stand with David Correia and those who protest peacefully to defend their rights and ideas. We hope that the local authorities will drop all charges against Prof. Correia and that the University of New Mexico will support him for his commitment to democratic participation and involvement in the local community.
The Editors of the journal Capitalism Nature Socialism are deeply disappointed by the University of New Mexico Administration distancing themselves from their Associate Professor of American Studies and our Senior Editor, David Correia, who has been unjustifiably arrested and charged with a felony during a peaceful protest. In doing so, The University of New Mexico Administration have missed an opportunity to make a clear statement in support of the academic freedom of a faculty member.
Check out our latest issue with contributions from Kris Forkasiewicz, Michael Löwy, Anselm Jappe, Ivan Drury, Darius Rejali, Paul Buhle, Sarah Rotz, Stelios Gialis & Stavros Mavroudeas, Charlie Barnao & Pietro Saitta, Samuel Alexander, David Schwartzman, Matt Meyer, David Barkin, Ariel Salleh, and Troy G. W. Vettese.
“Jared Diamond is back at it, once again trading in the familiar determinist tropes that earned him a Pulitzer Prize for his 1999 book Guns, Germs and Steel,” opens David Correia in his recent diatribe entitled “F**K Diamond.” The essay, purportedly a review (?) of Diamond’s latest book, builds into the now familiar rant attributing to Diamond racism, simple-mindedness, and over-generalization. The title of Correia’s essay and his tone throughout leave no doubt that he experiences a measure of glee writing this response piece. However, I have a question, did Correia even read Diamond’s latest book?
Introduction: police, army and fascism
Drawing from a case study carried out in Italy, this article seeks to contribute to the study of the relationships between war and peace in contemporary democracies. In more detail, the training process and the formation of authoritarian and fascist personalities that takes place in an elite unit within the Italian armed forces – a paratroop brigade – is the privileged space for observing not only the training of a particular group of war professionals, but also the culture and background of many of those who pass from the ranks of the army to those of the police forces (Police, Carabinieri, Local Police and Guardia di Finanza in Italy).
The Commons as an alternative to capitalism
In this paper I propose that the subsistence commons of the past can form the backbone of an alternative social order to capitalism, which has dominated the world for the last three centuries. This is because they are based on cooperation, not on competition; they are jointly used, neither private nor public property; they use natural resources sustainable, and they promote forms of direct democracy that integrate and reinforce representative democracy. In brief, they provide goods and services which do not become commodities to be exchanged on the capitalistic market.