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Reference
De Angelis, Massimo (2006) Enclosures, Commons and the “Outside.”.  Centre for Civil Society Colloquium on the Economy, Society and Nature: 1-14.

Summary
When we reflect on the myriad of communities struggles taking place around the world for water, electricity, land, access to social wealth, life and dignity, one cannot but feel that the relational and productive practices giving life and shape to these struggles give rise to values and modes of doing and relating in social co-production (shortly, value practices). Not only, but these value practices appear to be outside correspondent value practices and modes of doing and relating that belong to capital.

The “outside” with respect to the capitalist mode of production is a problematic that we must confront with some urgency, if we want to push our debate on alternatives on a plane that helps us to inform, decode, and intensify the web of connections of struggling practices.

The urgency can also be detected in the desire that many activists involved in the many local ripples and trans-local rivers of the global justice and solidarity movement have to run away from the claustrophobic, devious and ecumenic embrace attempted by the agents of neoliberal governance. Listen for example to Paul Wolfowitz, one of the inspirer of the butchery of Iraq people, and now respected president of the World Bank. In its first speech at the annual IMF and WB meeting last September 2005, he said:

we meet today in an extraordinary moment in history. There has never been a more urgent need for results in the fight against poverty. There has never been a stronger call for action from the global community. The night before the G8 summit in Gleneagles, I joined (sic) 50000 young people gathered in a soccer field in Edinburgh to the last of the live-aid concert. The weather was gloomy, but the rain did not dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd. All eyes was riveted on the man who appear on the giant video screens, the father of South Africa freedom. And the crowd roared with approval when Nelson Mandela summed us to a new struggle, the calling of our time: to make poverty history.

(Wolfowitz 2005)

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 The Accumulation of Capital. Chapter 27: THE STRUGGLE AGAINST NATURAL ECONOMY: Rosa Luxemburg 
 Capitalism & cheap labour power in South Africa: Harold Wolpe 
 Labour Market Discrimination and its Aftermath in Southern Africa Guy Mhone 



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