A couple of years ago, I think, I read a book about how major natural disasters like big earthquakes are treated one way by the State and by Capital, and a totally different way by working people. Working people often rally and create new forms of organization and take care of each other. The State decides there is danger of riots and the like and sends in the police/military. It was an interesting read. The book was
A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster by Rebecca Solnit
The piece below by Harry Cleaver is along those lines. In the opening this work he writes,
"'When the Chinese write "crisis", they use two characters, one of which means "danger" and one "opportunity". This expression points beyond the riskiness most people usually associate with crises to the new possibilities inherent in any moment of dramatic change."'
With that thought in mind, I present for Scission's Theoretical weekends the following (which as is so often the case is taken from libcom).