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Welcome to The Corner House website The Corner House aims to support democratic and community movements for environmental and social justice. We aim to pay constant attention to issues of social, economic and political power and practical strategy. As p



 



Loss, Healing and Struggle

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 01:14:43 +0000

Author: 
Hendro Sangkoyo

Activists occasionally allow themselves to treat stories of suffering or healing as “proto-political”, or to bracket the space and time in which people experience loss as politically empty. Why dwell on endless horror stories, they tell themselves, when what is needed is comprehensive action on a higher, more political level? “Don’t mourn, organize!” goes the well-known movement slogan. In reality, argues this article from the World Rainforest Movement Bulletin, this "emptying out of the space of loss" can undermine political work.

Publication date: 
29 August 2016

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Neoliberalism, Law and Nature

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 19:41:18 +0000

Author: 
Larry Lohmann

Effective research and other action in the field of environment and law requires an understanding of how profoundly both have changed under neoliberalism. The growth of the neoliberal state amid productivity crisis and the move to a more financialized, rent-based global economy has been accompanied by sweeping legal innovations relating to property, trade, investment, rent and criminality as well as an expansion in the mass of written law and in the gaming of legislation.

Publication date: 
5 July 2017

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What are Social Movements?

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:21:09 +0000

Author: 
NIcholas Hildyard

Understanding the processes whereby a shared understanding evolves of what constitutes a ‘good society’ is key to effective organising for social change.

Publication date: 
5 November 2016

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Commoning as a Political Act

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:55:39 +0000

Conversations on "Commons" and "Commoning"

This webdoc captures conversations between activists from diverse social movements about obstacles to their work through the lens of the "commons".

Publication date: 
1 January 2017

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Work, Waste and Climate

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 23:20:21 +0000

Trabajo, Desechos y Clima
Author: 
Larry Lohmann

What are the effects of capital’s restless attempts to appropriate unpaid cleanup work done by humans and the rest of nature? Neglect of this question has led to repeated confusions about what waste is and how it might better be approached. A refreshed perspective is especially important in an era in which discussions about solid waste have come to focus largely on landfills and climate discussions to focus on real or imaginary carbon sinks.

Publication date: 
3 February 2017

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Questioning the Energy Transition

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:35:20 +0000

El Cuestionamiento de la Transición Energética
Author: 
Larry Lohmann

What is an energy transition? Usually the term signifies a shift away from fossil fuels and the technologies that require them. The question that naturally follows is: how is this shift to be financed? This short paper for the Spanish e-newsletter ECOS outines some of the pitfalls associated with this way of looking at climate and energy issues. It argues that it may be helpful to take a step back and begin with a different set of questions: What is energy? Is energy what we really want? Or do we perhaps want to open ourselves to different ways of organizing nature?

Publication date: 
5 December 2015

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Global Looting – A Snapshot

Tue, 17 Nov 2015 13:38:59 +0000

Author: 
Nicholas Hildyard

This paper details the stark divide between rich and poor nationally, regionally and internationally, as value has been progressively extracted over the past few decades from ordinary people.

Publication date: 
16 November 2015

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Translation as Class Struggle

Thu, 05 Nov 2015 11:47:38 +0000

Author: 
Larry Lohmann

At the core of capitalist labour lies interpretation. Yet interpretation is seldom understood as a site of political contestation or class struggle. What are the contradictions involved in capital's approach to interpretive labour? What are the implications for effective anticapitalist activism?

Publication date: 
4 November 2015



Neoliberalism's Climate

Thu, 01 Oct 2015 11:22:43 +0000

Author: 
Larry Lohmann

Just as what is regarded as labour, land, health and mobility have changed under neoliberalism, so too has what is regarded as climate. Under previous phases of capitalism, climate was construed as part of a nature external to, yet interfacing with, society – as a condition for accumulation; as a resource; as an object of conservation; as a computer-modellable system. The neoliberal state builds on these conceptions in reconstructing climate as rentable and marketable units – and climate change as something a separate, monolithic society must "adapt" to.

Publication date: 
1 October 2015

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The Injustices inside Climate Science

Sun, 31 May 2015 09:59:01 +0000

Las injusticias de la ciencia del clima
Author: 
Larry Lohmann

People often talk about the unjust distribution of the effects of climate change, and analyze injustices committed in the name of climate change “mitigation” and “adaptation”. But, argues this brief piece in Paths beyond Paris: Movements, Action and Solidarity towards Climate Justice, edited by Joanna Cabello and Tamra Gilbertson, there are also injustices inherent in mainstream climate science, and in the ways that climate science shapes how we approach climate itself. How climate activists orient themselves with respect to these injustices has a great deal to do with how they build alliances.

Publication date: 
31 May 2015

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