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@MelBazil discusses the relationship between the mode of colonialist capitalism that he calls “mega-Empire”, indigenous resistance, decolonisation and the collapse of industrial capitalism. What comes across in Bazil’s discussion is that the collapse will necessarily require humane modes of organising human societies along the lines that present day indigenous resistance communities have already been exploring. Bazil also discusses the idea of the common from the perspective of common needs, a theme that returns us to the idea of generic corporeality. There isn’t much in the way of concrete advise in the talk but there is a lot of pointing towards means of developing mutual aid and utilising skills as currency.

Mel Bazil is an indigenous Gitxsan and Wet’suwet’en organizer, sovereigntist, and anarchist involved in the Unist’ot’en Action Camp outside of Toronto, Canada. Bazil is here talking to Radio b-e-d, a podcast that routinely focusses on the struggles of indigenous peoples.

You can think of the current social order as something akin to this artificial light: another kind of power that fails in disaster. In its place appears a reversion to improvised, collaborative, cooperative and local society (Rebecca Solnit)

As a Detroit Judge joins with the pricks at Nestle in declaring access to water isn’t a right. How do you respond to that? Do you use rights discourse against power by demanding recognition of something that is simply a fabrication of jurisprudence? What is at stake in this isn’t juridical rights but the relationship of biological bodies to infrastructural ones. The demand for drinking water is also the demand for the continued operation of the infrastructure that allows the flow of drinking water to those bodies. But it is also a corporeal demand for the capacity to reproduce one’s life. The planned water shut-offs, which form part of a strategy of the privatisation of water systems across the United States, immediately put lives in danger.

It takes 1-2 days for dehydration to take effect and not much more time for this to result in deliriums, seizures, unconsciousness and death as vital metabolic processes are disrupted.The human body can last about 7 days without any water intake, although in catastrophic conditions, such as high temperatures and a lot of physical exertion, this can be reduced to about 7 hours. And here we’re talking about relatively healthy bodies. The water shut offs exacerbate the risks of dehydration for everyone affected but the existential threat is especially acute for the the very young and older adults. Infants, kids and older people are more likely to experience illness than most adults and that can mean diarrhea and vomiting, diarrhea that could potentially join the rest of the fecal matter that people without proper sanitation have no means of getting rid of. Human shit contains hundreds of thousands of viruses, bacteria, spores and parasites and if it gets into your food you could be looking at typhoid, cholera or hepatitis. In Detroit capitalism is cooking up the perfect conditions for disease, and if it comes to that the infectious agents aren’t about to respect city or state lines devised by human beings. Detroit is potentially ground-zero for an epidemic created entirely by capitalism. Read More