01.08.14 |

 

Last October, I was invited to talk about "The Art of Performing Political Innovation" at an event called "Performing Change" at the Eyebeam Arts Center in New York City, at the invitation of the Italian artist Paolo Cirio (thank you, Paolo).  Although the video is over 50 minutes, my talks is at the beginning and lasts about 15 minutes.  I try to identify the common features of great art and great politics.  What makes beautiful politics? more
11.22.13 | This is from the New Statesman's "Guide to Political Studies".  They asked me what I would say to someone wanting to get into "international relations".  You can download the guide, including my bit, here.  And here it is in text form:     I was always fascinated by international affairs.  The dramas and wars of foreign places were far more interesting to me than domestic politics.  At an early age, I decided that I wanted to become a diplomat.  On my... more
10.31.13 |

The Guardian asked me to comment on the NSA revelations.  I looked at this through the lens of anarchist concepts of democracy and complexity theory.  The article is online here, and text is below.  

The Guardian asked me to comment on the NSA revelations.  I looked at this through the lens of anarchist concepts of democracy and complexity theory.  The article is online here, and text is below.         Citizens of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your data NSA reform by US Congress overlooks the fact that the internet transcends national control. We the people must make the rules Carne Ross theguardian.com,... more
10.10.13 |

  Prepared by the Skoll Foundation, who gave us an award recently. more
09.01.13 | Big interview in LA Review of Books.  Full text:   Rebel with a Cause: An Interview with Carne Ross September 1st, 2013 Photo by: Ahmet Sibdial Sau   FOR MORE THAN 15 YEARS, CARNE ROSS served on Britain’s diplomatic frontlines, engaging in numerous international crises in Israel-Palestine, Afghanistan, Kosovo, and Iraq. Before the 2003 Iraq invasion, Ross was the UK’s Iraq expert at the United Nations, charged with maintaining the containment of Saddam Hussein through... more
08.25.13 | 1.  Rapid capital flight from so called emerging economies like Brazil and India demonstrates the profound and inherent volatility of global financial markets 2. Also shows Minsky-ian nature of markets: speculators get out because they fear others may do so first, creating self-sustaining cycle 3. And it's not at all clear that tools of international cooperation, including the IMF, are adequate to mitigate this volatility and prevent negative consequences (indeed, there's a strong argument... more
08.13.13 | The Nation published an article about The Occupy Money Cooperative by Alissa Quart. I have taken the liberty of pasting the text below.   Occupy Bank Cards! A band of finance wizards take on the system they now say is corrupt. By Alissa Quart August 12, 2013     One day early in the summer of 2012, two men in crisp business attire were talking about plastic debit cards at the Manhattan office of a financial services company. The men were interested in negotiating a deal to launch a... more
08.09.13 |

A great article in Der Spiegel, for now still in German only, about the Occupy Money Cooperative.  Here's the text:

A great article in Der Spiegel, for now still in German only, about the Occupy Money Cooperative.  Here's the text:   Occupy-Institut: Sparkasse für die unteren 99 Prozent Von Marc Pitzke, New York Die Wucht der Occupy-Bewegung ist fast vergessen. Doch eine Gruppe beharrlicher New Yorker Aktivisten präsentiert jetzt ein erstes, konkretes Ergebnis der Massenproteste von 2011: ein eigenes Geldinstitut für Arme. REUTERS Occupy-Protest in der Wall Street (Archivbild): Geldinstitut... more
07.17.13 |

This is a great short video which puts David Harvey's Marxist critique of capitalism into animated form.  It's a compelling analysis, but notably Harvey fails to offer any solution.  For that, well, my views are in my book. In a few words: direct action, participatory democracy, recapturing agency.

This is a great short video which puts David Harvey's Marxist critique of capitalism into animated form.  It's a compelling analysis, but notably Harvey fails to offer any solution.  For that, well, my views are in my book.   In a few words: direct action, participatory democracy, recapturing agency. more
07.17.13 | In my Occupy banking group, we are gearing up to launch a fundraising appeal for The Occupy Money Cooperative.  More details about this will appear on this site, and on the Coop's own site, in the near future.  Meanwhile, here's a good article from 2012 about cooperative banks - and indeed an incisive critique of contemporary banks - by Ellen Brown. more