Posted on 18/05/05 in Miscellaneous
Catastrophist Intro -Neurogreen is born out of the conviction that destruction of the biosphere, devastating inequality and global civil war are the three dimensions of an epochal crisis in global society and in its institutions presiding over economic value, political sovereignty and democratic legitimacy.
After 5 years of global movement, a new radical identity, both cultural and political, has yet to emerge. It should be able to go beyond the appeal and the symbols of past heretic generations. Whereas Marxist organizations inherited from the cold war are basically a eurolatino thing, political environmentalism is fully global, and just like socialism a century ago, is able to accommodate both reformists and revolutionaries in their respective diversities.
Neurogreens means to be at the same time euro and not to be euro, neuromantic and ecopoietic. Neurogreen learns from feminism and engages in globalism. It is as green as a chloroplast in a ganja leaf or as an ecowarrior ready to strike against an environmental threat.
Aware of living in the cataclysmatic 21st century, neurogreens want to bring to life an ecoactivist identity which is to be egalitarian against social precarity and libertarian against digital monopoly, and is to feed upon the experiences and practices of the Seattle-Genoa-Mumbai movement. Neurogreens look at and absorb latest developments in environmental science, neuroscience, social science, media technology, in order to be able to fi ght back resolutely and effectively against global war and environmental destruction, both for our sake and our children and grandchildren’s.
In the age of genetic cloning and genomic therapy, neurogreen wants to be the stem cell of political and social change in Europe. A stem cell is not omnipotent, but is totipotent: the debates and actions triggered by neurogreens on the net and in the metropolis will determine what kind of social tissue we will be able to form for the benefi t of and within the peace movement fighting for global justice and ecological salvation.
Anthropocene: When Future Is Fossil
Markets and corporations unbound have triggered the crisis of global society and environment: economic inequality and global warming reinforce each other. According to zoologists, geologists, climatologists and oceanographers we have already entered Anthropocene, the geological era brought into being by man-made activities which make the climate unstable by burning fossil fuels, and thus endangering the lives of all species, including ours.
Neurogreen works at the intersection of ecology of the mental environment and ecoactivist practices in the metropolis. All information, analyses, conceptualizations concerning identity and objectives of a new social environmentalism fi nd fertile ground on Neurogreen. Neurogreen is an ungated playground open to discussion and planning of direct action campaigns opposing the fl ows and needs of transnational, neoliberal capital in the urban environment: the struggle is to be launched on both the semiotic and biotic fronts.
Neurogreen actively defends the water and air of all, the habitats and ecosystems of all, the streets and squares of all, the ether and the net of all. Neurogreen innovates linguistic and cultural codes, fights for global commons, takes cue from critical mass and reclaim the streets, employs subvertising tools, trains guerrilla gardeners, fosters wind and solar energy. To these ends, neurogreens practice direct action either Seattle- or Buenos Aires-style: our acts of civil disobedience shall be everywhere.
The net is the message, activist is the messenger. Language is the plurality of idioms and jargons from the fi ve continents and the seven seas. Body is the fusion of senses/tastes and gender/ethnic identities. Neurogreen aims at merging futurist language, European cosmopolitan identity (hence Neuropean), ecology of the social body, and liberation of the collective mind, so to activate a project of rebellion and emancipation.
The absolute scarcity of the natural environment is contrasted by the infinite abundance, reproducibilty and sharing of information and knowledge. Knowledge progresses if it remains free and open to the mental work of all. In the global, informational economy based on immaterial labour, the minds of networkers and of the networked are indentured by the global elites: emancipation is then the free exchange of information and confl ict know-how. Neurogreens intend to sabotage the domination of the few over the many and communication of the few to the many.
People have the same right to circulate freely over the planet that information, technology, and overall money enjoy today. Transnationalism is the political form of global activism in the 21st century: all borders are our enemies.
War between Sunni fundamentalism and neoliberal fundamentalism takes humanity hostage. Cosmodemocracy is the global political space opposing both, and neurogreen is the political strategy enabling European activists to defeat both in alliance with Latin-American and Anglo-American movements. Europe is a gerontocracy in precarious balance between New Europe’s atlanticism and Old Europe’s sovereignism; eurosclerosis is its condition, technocracy its vocation. Neuropa is then the continent of the multitude cooperating and struggling against eurocrats’ market conservatism and nation-states’ authoritarianism. The neuropean cognitariat is in confl ict against proprietary, pre-digital elites still prisoners of the cold war mindset and allied of American imperial projects. The post-1989 generation must occupy Europe to make it a continent of global democracy. Neurogreens proposes to the European movement to raise a new flag: black as Anarchy, with a circle of twelve stars like Europe’s, twinkling with Day-Glo green hues like the metropolitan Ecologism we are to unleash. Neurogreen fi ghts for a cosmodemocratic, non-neoliberal and antigerontocratic Europe. Let’s take back Strasbourg and Brussels!
Insurgent networkers and cognitarians, fi rst-generation Europeans from all lands, critical mass bikers, militant gays and radical lesbians, biodynamic vegans, lovers of chlorophyll and good living, retroengineers of reality, p2peekers of the net, psychotropic libertarians, barefooted economists, committed thermodynamicists, atheists and pantheists fairly tolerant with monotheists, neuropeans of all sizes and genders are all warmly invited to post on the neurogreen mailing list.
To participate in neurogreen, you don’t have either to be green, vote green, or vote at all. The list is public, unmoderated and open to postings adding to the spirit and fl esh of this manifesto: a brandnew biopolitics capable of pulling the movement out of its current doldrums and out of reach of backward-looking communist and socialist illusions.