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Notes on Why it Matters that Heiligendamm Felt like Winning

Ben Trott writes in Mute:

“Weapons are affects and affects weapons”
– Deleuze and Guattari

‘We Are Winning’ – the slogan famously sprayed on a wall in Seattle as thousands shut down the World Trade Organisation (WTO) ministerial in 1999; last seen on the side of a burning police van on the streets of Genoa in 2001 – when the G8 leaders last dared to meet in a European city –; and the feeling that thousands of us felt as we flowed through fields, around police lines and onto the roads leading to Kempinski Hotel, the location of this year’s G8 Summit in Heiligendamm. Obviously, the world around us does not look particularly different, despite the purported success of the blockades, and the mobilisation in general. So does it really matter that ‘we’ – the ‘movement of movements’, very broadly conceived – feel like we are winning again?

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