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Believe the Hype - Socialization as a pathway to the good life for all?
The success of DWe was a political earthquake and other campaigns such as RWE & Co. eneignen and Hamburg enteignet are on their way to success. We will open the conference together with these initiatives, inputs by Sabine Nuss and Bini Adamczak and show how the question of ownership has potential for progressive politics.
Strategies around the Property Question – Concepts and Theoretical Reflections on Socialization
Current Struggles and Campaigns around Property – Movements and their Successes in Focus
Ownership Issues and Socialization in Other Sectors – Initial Conditions and Strategic Possibilities
Learning from the Past – a Look at the History of Struggles for Democratization and Socialization
Insights into the Political Economy of a Democratized Economic System
Global Perspectives on the Property Question – Socialization as a Way to Global Justice
Into Practice – Skill Sharing, Networking, and the Practical Building of a Socialization Movement
[T] = with translation
[EN] = English speaking
Expropriation, Socialization and the Democratization of Economy - Theoretical Aspects and Political Potentials [T]
- Jenny Stupka (Deutsche Wohnen und Co. Enteignen) – moderation
- Alex Demirovic (Rosa -Luxemburg-Stiftung)
- Silke van Dyk (University of Jena)
- Robin Celikates (FU Berlin)
The ownership question is back but what does that mean exactly? How can we think about central concepts such as expropriation, socialization, and economic democracy, for example, and open them up for concrete politics and social movements? How can or should socialization be implemented in order to fulfill the potential that theoretically and strategically lies in the question of ownership? And: What is actually the relationship between progressive movements and critical theorizing? These and many other questions are the focus of this panel.
Remunicipalization through buyback - successes and pitfalls
- Jorinde Schulz (Gemeingut in BürgerInnenhand)
- Andrea Mühlebach (University of Bremen)
- Thomas Eberhard-Köster (attac)
In many places, people are fighting back against the devastating consequences of the privatization of public infrastructure. For example, in recent decades, grassroots initiatives have fought to keep vital resources such as water, electricity, waste management and housing in public hands or to buy them back. Despite impressive successes, the movement faces major challenges. This is because buybacks do not always mean that the neoliberal reorganization of services of general interest and thus the structural conditions of privatization are reversed. Thus, at worst, municipalizations can also become part of privatization cycles. We want to discuss these pitfalls and their ways out, using concrete examples, in order to open up a strategic perspective for remunicipalization.
The movement to socialize the steel industry in the 80s
- Axel Troost (Working Group Alternative Economic Policy)
- Ralf Hoffrogge (historian, expropriating Deutsche Wohnen and co.)
With its referendum in September 2021, the Berlin-based initiative to expropriate Deutsche Wohnen and co. has put the ownership issue and an alternative to the market back on the political agenda with a bang. The last major movement in this direction was almost 40 years ago: in 1983, the IG Metall trade union set about socializing the West German steel industry. The idea of socialization in the steel industry gained momentum when a publication picked up on these efforts from IG Metall: Memorandum 81 of the Alternative Economic Policy Working Group. This event will focus on this report on the possibility of socializing the German steel industry, the ambitions of the employees and IG Metall, and the question of what we can learn from it today.
Current approaches of progressive economics in conversation with democratization of economy: post-Keynesianism, commons & democratic planned economy.
- Eva Völpel (Rosa Luxemburg Foundation) – Moderation
- Dierk Hirschel (ver.di chief economist)
- Jonna Klick
- Jakob Heyer (University of Jena)
Double whammy and bazooka. In the crisis, economic policy is back in the political field. As a result, the economy is also becoming more political again. The event will be about how a political economy can look like that does not only react in the crisis, but can seriously point beyond the existing and work on a democratization of the economy. For this purpose, three current theoretical and economic-political currents will come together in (dis)conversation with each other and a focus on socialization and democratization.
On the Promise of the Commons - decolonial approaches to food.
- Jessica Valdez (FairBindung e.V.)
- Daniellis Hernandez
In this workshop, we share ideas about the decay of the colonial
paradigm and the promise of repossessing the commons for our collective future. Seeds and living systems are not freehold systems to be privatized, patented, or exploited. Rather, the commons are central to all of life. The workshop will address the threat to the commons from corporations, the brilliance of indigenous seed crops and breeding, the toxicity of GMO crops to our bodies and the planet, the benefits of agroecological agriculture, and the need for diversity in our ecosystems and justice movements. The workshop will question the green-tinged aspirations of tech barons and connect them to the legacies of colonialism and imperialism as a similar “civilizing” mission. Up to 30 people can participate in the workshop led by Jessica Valdez (FairBindung e.V.).
Skill Sharing & Campaign Building I: Insights into the Engine Room of a Socialization Campaign
- Leonie Heine (Deutsche Wohnen und Co. Enteignen)
- Lucas Kannenberg (Expropriating Deutsche Wohnen and co.)
Decentralized campaign structures, low-threshold participation offerings and local anchoring in the neighborhoods. This is what made the campaign to expropriate Deutsche Wohnen and co so successful. In their workshop, Lucas and Leonie from the DWe Sammel-AG talk about how to structure and set up such a campaign, the organizational work behind it, and the long-term mobilization strategies that DWe is pursuing.
Regulate, Smash, Socialize - How Do We Disempower Big Tech?
- Friederike Hildebrandt – moderation
- Astrid Schöggl (AK Vienna)
- Timo Lange (Lobbycontrol)
- Jonas Pentzien (IÖW)
- Rainer Rehak (Forum Computer Scientists for Peace and Social Responsibility)
Google, Amazon & Co combine lobbying power and market power to an extent that is detrimental to democracy. This is not least because the platforms have now become part of the public sphere with video portals such as YouTube (Google) or the world’s largest online search engine. The EU has recently passed new rules for overpowering platforms with the Digital Markets Act (DMA) and the Digital Services Act (DSA). Are these new rules enough to limit the power of Big Tech? Or should the tech corporations be broken up or even socialized? Can regulation, unbundling and socialization complement each other, and what would be democratic platform alternatives? We will discuss this in a panel discussion followed by a plenary debate.
Democratic Economy - an Alternative Political Economy after Socialization
Collective Coffee in the Morning
Socialization as Unifying Class Politics
- Lukas Warning (communia) – moderation
- Kim Lucht (University of Jena)
- Barbara Fried (Rosa -Luxemburg-Stiftung)
- Pascal Meiser (Member of the Bundestag, DIE LINKE)
- Eleonora Roldán Mendívil (University of Kassel)
The property question is at the heart of a politics that can unite climate, feminist, anti-racist and trade union struggles. How do ownership structures relate to different perspectives and experiences? How can socialization unite the interests of the wage-dependent class? Which actors and projects lead to a broad and strong socialization movement and what are the next steps? The format of this event will be a panel discussion.
From Relief Strikes to Socialization? - Abolish Per-Case Payments, Expropriate Asklepios & Co.!
- Julia Dück (Rosa -Luxemburg-Stiftung) – Moderation
- Sebastian Durben (Aktionsbündnis Uniklinik Marburg Gießen)
- Nadja Rakowitz (Verein Demokratischer Ärzt*innen)
- Dana Lützkendorf (ver.di)
Since Corona, it has become even clearer: health care is too essential to be left to the market. However, the political path to a public instead of profit-oriented health care system is complex and strategically difficult with the per-case flat rate system and also the underfunding of even public hospitals. This event will focus on how the current dynamics in the labor struggles for a relief collective agreement can be linked to other health policy initiatives and whether the socialization perspective can be a politically meaningful intensification in the hospital sector. The format of this event will be a panel discussion.
Conversion, Socialization and Public Mobility - How Will a Socio-Ecological Mobility Transition Succeed?
- Achim Heier (attac) – moderation
- Laura Meschede (Climate Protection and Class Struggle)
- Simon (Antikapitalistisches Klimatreffen)
- Mario Candeias (Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung)
- Carl Waßmuth (Gemeingut in BürgerInnenhand)
Energy as a Public Good rather than Corporate Profits - What to Do about Energy Poverty and Inflation?
- Lasse Thiele (Konzeptwerk Neue Ökonomie)
- Uwe Witt (Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung)
- Lisa Mittendrein (attac Austria)
"Socialism Comes from Socialization" - Struggles for Socialization and Nationalization in the First Half of the 20th Century
- Jacob Blumenfeld (University of Oldenburg) [Vortrag EN]
- Michael Buckmiller (Historian)
Socialization and then What? - Insights into a New Debate about Possibilities for Democratic Planning
- Jan Groos (Future Histories Podcast) – Moderator
- Christoph Sorg (Ruhr-Uni Bochum)
- Stefan Meretz (Commons-Institut)
- Heide Lutosch (Author)
Global alliances for an economy of common ownership [EN]
- Nele Wiehenkamp (Orga-Team of the conference) – Moderation
- Libère Bukobero (ADISCO, Burundi)
- Chandan Kumar (Working People’s Charter India)
These are the questions we want to discuss in this workshop with a lecture and discussion. .
Skill Sharing and Campaign Building II: Narratives on Socialization and Public Relations
- Tobias (DWE Social Media Team)
- Sofia (DWE Press Team)
Skillsharing and campaign building III: framing the economy - narratives for a democratic economy
- Bana Mahmood (Movement Hub)
"The parliamentary arm of the expropriation lobby" - on the relationship of left parties to the property question and the socialization movement
- Malene Gürgen (taz) – Moderation
- Janine Wissler (Die LINKE)
- Rouzbeh Taheri (Deutsche Wohnen und co. enteignen)
The social movements have submitted: In September 2021, Deutsche Wohnen wins the referendum on the socialization of large housing corporations. A year later, we are in the midst of an energy crisis and the Left Party is making ambitious demands for the socialization of energy companies. In this event, Malene Gürgen from the taz leads a conversation with Janine Wissler (Party Chair, DIE LINKE) and Rouzbeh Taheri, one of the first activists at Deutsche Wohnen and co enteignen about socialization in Berlin and beyond, as well as the relationship between social movements and parliamentary parties and strategies against the current energy crisis.
Socializing housing I: building on the success of DWe - for a socialized housing sector
- Felix Wiegand (Nationwide networking Deutsche Wohnen und co. enteignen) – Moderation
- Isabella Rogner (Deutsche Wohnen und co. enteignen)
- Florian Kasiske (Hamburg Enteignet)
- Ulrike Hamann (Berliner Mieterverein)
- Andrej Holm (Humboldt University)
- Caren Lay (Member of the German Bundestag, Die LINKE)
Housing socialization II: social and ecological
- Kai Kuhnhenn (Konzeptwerk Neue Ökonomie)
- Taskforce social-ecological socialization – Deutsche Wohnen und co. enteignen
- Lisa Vollmer (Bauhaus University Weimar)
to what extent socialization is a solution. We discuss this in small groups and consider what instruments and strategies would be needed to
Distributing housing fairly, and what that actually means.
Socializing the digital economy- Against platform power [EN]
- Dominik Piétron (Humboldt University) – Moderation
- James Muldoon (University of Exeter)
Ownership and regulation of the energy sector - co-determination in transformation processes of lignite mining regions
- Axel Troost (Arbeitsgruppe Alternative Wirtschaftspolitik) – Moderation
- Uwe Witt (Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung)
- Ulrike Eifler (DIE LINKE NRW)
- Daniel Knorr (DGB Leipzig-Nordsachsen)
Socialization as sufficiency-politics
- Benjamin Best (Wuppertal Institut)
- Lia Polotzek (BUND)
- Jonas Lage (European University Flensburg, I.L.A.-Kollektiv)
Old and new forms of collective ownership - successes and conflicts around state-owned enterprises, cooperatives and co. in the sign of current crises
- Tilman Reitz (Uni Jena) – Moderation
- Gisela Notz (historian, social scientist)
- Markus Kip (Uni Jena)
- Niklas Stoll (Deutsche Wohnen und co. enteignen)
Housing III - Socialization and Regulation of Housing across Europe: Social Movement Tactics [EN]
- Peter Bescherer (Uni Jena) – Moderation
- Rita Silva (housing activist, Lisbon, Portugal)
- Eniko Vincze (Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania)
- Knut Unger (rent activist)
- Ilhan Kellecioglu (political scientist)
Networking for a socialization movement
Networking for a Socialization Movement I: Hot Autumn and the Socialization Question
Networking for a Socialization Movement II: Building Nationwide Organizing – How Do We Become More Powerful?
Networking for a socialization movement III: Powerful through resilient alliances – Who needs to be part of a socialization movement?
Alliances around the property question - how do we fight for socialization together?
Socializing with legal means?! - opportunities & obstacles in the existing legal and institutional order
- Franziska Drohsel (Institut Solidarische Moderne)
- Tim Wihl (University of Erfurt, Expert*innenkommission Volksentscheid Vergesellschaftung Berlin)
- Cara Röhner (RhineMain University of Applied Sciences)
"At the front doors instead of in the parliaments" - 10 theses on the organizational form and program of a socialization movement
- activists of Deutsche Wohnen & co enteignen
Socialization of the care economy
- Nadine Gerner (Orga-Team of the conference) – Moderation
- Manuela Zechner (Uni Jena)
- Barbara Fried (Rosa -Luxemburg-Stiftung)
- Kirsten Schubert (Polyclinic Syndicate)
Between Energy Transition and Fossil Legacies - Socialization Perspectives in Energy Production
- Jonah (RWE & Co enteignen)
- Simon Toewe (Movement Hub) – Moderation
- Elisa Baş (Fridays for Future)
- Marie-Sol Reindl (Shell must fall)
Rebellious Barcelona, Red Graz, Yellow-Purple Berlin - Historical and Current Strategic Reflections on Municipalism and Left Politics at the Municipal Level
- Katalin Gennburg (MdA, DIE LINKE) – moderation
- Alex Heiter (expropriating Deutsche Wohnen and co.)
- Raul Zelik (writer, social scientist)
Planning against the climate crisis - degrowth, socialization and planned economy [T]
- Simon Sutterlütti (Commons Institute)
- Nina Treu (Konzeptwerk New Economy)
- Markus Wissen (Political Scientist)
- Elena Hofferberth (Economist)
Postcolonial perspectives on property and climate justice.
- Joschi Wolf and Andrina Freitag (Kipppunktkollektiv)
Lead justice? Is there an intersectional and postcolonial perspective in the current debate on alternative property models? At the core of climate justice is linking action against the climate crisis with social justice issues and thinking intersectionally. Based on this approach, we want to take a critical look at the question of property and socialization processes in Germany in our interactive workshop and discuss approaches for postcolonial perspectives together. In doing so, we also want to explore the commonalities of both movements and reflect on potential alliances. Up to 30 people can participate in the workshop by Joschi Wolf and Andrina Freitag (Kipppunktkollektiv).
Forum socialization -beginnings of a permanent exchange space
- Vincent Janz (communia)
With Hamburg enteignet! and RWE and CO. expropriate, make themselves, already further local participants and campaigns on the way to place the property question in the housing sector now also in Hamburg and to focus also the energy problem so essential for the hot autumn. In short, the political moment of a supra-regional socialization movement that DWe has fought for is in the air anyway. However, the necessary further networking, strategic considerations, and organizing perspectives are still in their infancy. In this slot, we want to compile the results of the Saturday afternoon’s “Networking for a Socialization Movement” slot and think further about how to build a socialization movement in a workshop format.
Ground policy and the right to the city AND the country! - Why the ground must become one of the most important socialization struggles
- Gesine Langlotz (landless farmer and climate activist, AbL Mitteldeutschland)
- Anne Klingenmeier (Ackersyndikat)
Farmland prices are as precarious as the housing market
in Berlin and not only because of this, agriculture must become one of the most important socialization struggles. Land is both our livelihood and an attractive object of speculation – for housing and for food production. Soil is concentrated in fewer and fewer hands. This is dangerous, because whoever has land has power. How can progressive urban policy and agricultural policy pull together! For affordable basic needs, redistribution and democratic management. And how can rural areas, which have always supplied cities with energy, food and building materials, be transformed from forgotten hinterlands to sites of social transformation? After all, a democratic economy is impossible without progressive and implementable concepts for rural regions. Lecture with discussion by Gesine Langlotz (landless farmer and climate activist, AbL Mitteldeutschland) and Anne Klingenmeier (Ackersyndikat) for about 100 people.