This news agency aims to report trans-European struggles against the measures of austerity that are destroying our future. These are the news for and from a precarious generation fighting against the present in order to achieve a better future for Europe and the whole Mediterranean. A future not based on austerity, scarcity, profit, war and crisis, but a future based on the distribution of the common wealth, happiness, social rights, conflict, and new social and political institutions. Paraphrasing one of the European students’ motto we could say: "If 'they' block our future, we will block Europe!" "Against thieves of our future, let's appropriate it!!"

THE KNOWLEDGE MOVEMENT by Franco Berardi

Since the beginning of the modern age autonomy has been a defining
feature of scientific progress and of the institution of university.
It is not only a formal juridical aspect, but an epistemological
prerequisite that prevents knowledge from beginning a purely
instrumental technique.

Late capitalism, in the phase of re-assertion of the already failed
neoliberal philosophy, also the Autonomy of University, and therefore
of the process of knowledge production, has been sacrificed to the
absolute domination of profit, growth and competition.

Only lately this operational and functionalist reduction of knowledge
has been imposed in Europe, as an effect of the Bologna Charter
(1999), and it is implying a standardization of the heuristic
procedures, of the evaluation criteria, and what matters most, of the
very goals of knowledge. The economic principle has been adopted as
the purpose, the methodology and the evaluation criterion of
knowledge.

The idea that knowledge has an established purpose (whatever it may
be) is wrong in itself, because the process of knowledge is constantly
questioning not only its methodology but also its purpose.

At the end of the decade the financial crisis has narrowed the margins
of investment for public education, so the process of subjugation of
knowledge to the economic design has married with a cut of the
available resources and with a privatization of educational
structures.

At the dawn of the second decade the end of Modernity is clearly
leaning towards the barbarity of functionalism and towards a
neoliberal dogmatism whose catastrophic effects can be clearly
detected in the daily life of the European society.
During 2010 this process has rapidly deployed in many European
countries, but at the same time all over Europe a movement of
precarious cognitive work has arisen, that so far has manifested
itself as defense of public school and University.

But the movement of students and researcher must become a movement of knowledge, i.e. a movement for the resurrection of the autonomy of knowledge in the conditions of post-modernity. This is the only way to save the legacy of modern civilization and to go beyond the neoliberal dogmatism and the only way to work out projects who will be able to go beyond the environmental and social catastrophe that the financial class has provoked.

The movement that has first emerged in the schools and universities of Europe in Fall 2010, will not be able to defend life condition of
cognitive workers without simultaneously transforming epistemological
protocols and the very contents of knowledge. For the first time in
the history of social struggle this is simultaneously a social
movement and an epistemological methodology. The cognitarian movement, subjectivation of the general intellect, is called to become movement of knowledge, if it wants to save the social existence of
intelligence.

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This news agency aims to report trans-European struggles against the measures of austerity that are destroying our future. These are the news for and from a precarious generation fighting against the present in order to achieve a better future for Europe and the whole Mediterranean. A future not based on austerity, scarcity, profit, war and crisis, but a future based on the distribution of the common wealth, happiness, social rights, conflict, and new social and political institutions. Paraphrasing one of the European students’ motto we could say: "If 'they' block our future, we will block Europe!" "Against thieves of our future, let's appropriate it!!"

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