The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Non-Profit by INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence

By INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence

A $1.3 trillion undefined, the USA nonprofit zone is the world’s 7th biggest economic climate. From artwork museums and college hospitals to imagine tanks and church charities, over 1.5 million firms of superb range proportion the tax-exempt 501(c)(3) designation, if little else. Many social justice organisations have joined this global, usually blunting political ambitions to meet govt and beginning mandates. yet at the same time investment shrinks and govt surveillance rises, many activists usually locate it tough to visualize movement-building open air the nonprofit model.
 
The Revolution aren't Funded gathers unique essays by way of radical activists from all over the world who're severely rethinking the long term results of this funding. including educators and nonprofit employees they ultimately identify the “nonprofit business complex” and ask challenging questions: How did politics form the delivery of the nonprofit version? How does 501(c)(3) prestige enable the country to co-opt politi-cal pursuits? Activists or -careerists? How can we fund the stream open air this advanced? pressing and visionary, The Revolution should not Funded is an unbeholden exposé of the “nonprofit commercial complex” and its quietly devastating position in coping with dissent.

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15 The Political Logic of the Non-Profit Industrial Complex >>> 31 the npic as political "epistemology": the cooptation of political imagination More insidious than the raw structural constraints exerted by the foundation/state/ non-profit nexus is the way in which this new industry grounds an epistemologyliterally, a way of knowing social change and resistance praxis-that is difficult to escape or rupture. To revisit Abu-Jamal's conception of the US "cavern of fear," the non-profit industrial complex has facilitated a bureaucratized management of fear that mitigates against the radical break with owning-class capital (read: foundation support) and hegemonic common sense (read: law and order) that might otherwise be posited as the necessary precondition for generating counterhegemonic struggles.

Instead of there being a dichotomy between open and closed, I see the open society as occupying a middle ground, where the rights of the individual are safeguarded but where there are some shared values that hold society together [emphasis added]. I envisage the open society as a society open to improvement. We start with the recognition of our own fallibility, which extends not only to our mental constructs but also to our institutions. What is imperfect can be improved, by a process of trial and error.

A 1997 Atlantic Monthly article entitled "Citizen 501(c)(3)" states, for example, that the net worth of such foundations was over $200 billion as of 1996, a growth of more than 400 percent since 1981. " 7 As the foundation lifeline has sustained the NPIC's emergence into a primary component of US political life, the assimilation of political resistance projects into quasi-entrepreneurial, corporate-style ventures occurs under the threat of unruliness and antisocial "deviance" that rules Abu-Jamal's US "cavern of fear": arguably, forms of sustained grassroots social movement that do not rely on the material assets and institutionalized legitimacy of the NPIC have become largely unimaginable within the political culture of the current US Left.

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