Resistance to Debt: Catiline, El Barzon and Strike Debt

by Randell Bantley
on Wednesday 21 Nov 2012

type: Feature
topic: Protests
region: Bristol
event time: Thursday 22 Nov 2012 19:30

Date: Thursday 22nd November, 2012
Time: 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Venue: Hydra Bookshop, 34 Old Market Street, Bristol, BS2 0EZ (0117 3297401)
Price: Donation
With: George Caffentzis

Resistance to Debt is increasingly the way that class struggle is being expressed today. But debt resistance is not new. In Ancient Rome the battles between debtors and creditors were real ones, fought to the finish. This kind of struggle has returned in the late 20th century in many parts of the world though in a less bloody manner. Caffentzis will discuss one of the largest debt resistors' organization in history, the El Barzon (or The Yoke) movement in Mexico in the 1990s. A number of common elements in these movements will be discussed and their strengths and weaknesses will be discussed. Finally, he will introduce the work of a debt resistors' organization that is forming in the US arising out of the Occupy movement in the US.

George Caffentzis is a philosopher of money and a participant in Strike Debt who lives in NYC. He is author of several works including: /Clipped Coins, Abused Words and Civil Government: John Locke's Philosophy of Money/ (New York: Autonomedia/ Semiotext(e) Press, 1989) and /Exciting the Industry of Mankind: George Berkeley's Philosophy of Money/ (Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2000).