(work in progress)
a written statement declaring publicly the intentions, motives, or views of its issuer
Manifesto is related to manifest, which occurs in English as a noun, verb, and adjective. Of these, the adjective, which means “readily perceived by the senses” or “easily recognized,” is oldest, dating to the 14th century. Both manifest and manifesto derive ultimately from the Latin noun manus (“hand”) and -festus, a combining form that is related to the Latin adjective infestus, meaning “hostile.” Something that is manifest is easy to perceive or recognize, and a manifesto is a statement in which someone makes his or her intentions or views easy for people to ascertain. Perhaps the most famous statement of this sort is the Communist Manifesto, written in 1848 by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels to outline the platform of the Communist League.
synonyms of manifest
apparent, bald, bald-faced, barefaced, bright-line, broad, clear, clear-cut, crystal clear, decided, distinct, evident, lucid, luculent, luminous, nonambiguous, obvious, open-and-shut, palpable, patent, pellucid, perspicuous, plain, ringing, straightforward, transparent, unambiguous, unambivalent, unequivocal, unmistakable
what is going on?
We – diverse bodies writing these lines, situated in different places in the European North – find ourselves, together with a multitude of other beings, amidst an intense wave of land grab and appropriation for purposes of various forms of extraction.
Together with fossil fuels, particularly strong is the quest for metallogenic minerals that are supposed to fuel all sorts of technologies, especially “hi-tech”.
Extractivist interests and machinery target both land and communities in the North and in the South, and everywhere in-between.
“Primitive accumulation” has never ended, thirst for energy and “raw materials” is now reaching its peak. (for example, see: https://ec.europa.eu/growth/sectors/raw-materials/specific-interest/critical_en)
to witness and pay attention to HOW we are doing things
to document WHAT we learn by reflecting upon HOW
to join forces to bring forward acts that can make change FOR REAL
to formulate alternatives to the necropolitical system
to unlearn ways of doing and thinking that keeps us stuck in the dysfunctional system/logic of exploitation of life and nonlife
to learn HOW to live and die as trees in the old forest
to protect the biosphere from the system that kills us all if we don´t do something NOW
In conversation with Swampy Cree scholar and Idle No More organiser Alex Wilson and Colombian Mestiza artist/scholar Praba Pilar, we learn and take up a commitment “to reimagine a pluriverse that approaches the Zapatista’s concept of a ‘world in which many worlds coexist.'” (link https://roarmag.org/essays/indigenous-peoples-resistance-americas/)