Article by RS in Sic on the importance of the concept of "the conjuncture" in communisation.
There are no miracles in nature or history, but every abrupt turn in history, and this applies to every revolution, presents such a wealth of content, unfolds such unexpected and specific combinations of forms of struggle and alignment of forces of the contestants, that to the lay mind there is much that must appear miraculous.
Online archive of Sic, a journal about communisation produced jointly by Endnotes in the UK/US, Blaumachen in Greece, Théorie Communiste in France, Riff-Raff in Sweden, and certain more or less informal theoretical groups in the US (New York and San Francisco) and various individuals in France, Germany and elsewhere.
Theorie Communiste reply to some questions on their conception of the gender-capital relation.
I will answer these four questions in the same order they were asked, but sometimes the answer to the second one is required to understand the first.
This interview took place in Poznan, Poland on August 18, 2005 and was made in French with the help by English interpretors.
RR: Roland, you are involved in the group Théorie Communiste in France which has existed since the early 1970s. Could you tell us in short what were the main reasons for creating the group at that time, and how it has, in general, developed over the years?
In the course of revolutionary struggle, the abolition of the state, of exchange, of the division of labor, of all forms of property, the extension of the situation where everything is freely available as the unification of human activity – in a word, the abolition of classes – are ‘measures’ that abolish capital, imposed by the very necessities of struggle against the capitalist class.
Further remarks and discussion on The Present Moment from Sic 1
Table of Contents
1. Additional remarks on the end of activism
2. “The police is also, opposite to us, our own existence as a class as limit”
3. General remark by Blaumachen on the text
4. Formal subsumption; real subsumption
5. The conjuncture
6. Critique of the conception of theory in the text
The present moment – Further remarks and discussion
Can we find alternatives to the failed radical projects of the twentieth century? What are the possible forms of struggle today? How do we fight back against the misery of our crisis-ridden present?
‘Communization’ is the spectre of the immediate struggle to abolish capitalism and the state, which haunts Europe, Northern California and wherever the real abstractions of value that shape our lives are contested. Evolving on the terrain of capitalism new practices of the ‘human strike’, autonomous communes, occupation and insurrection have attacked the alienations of our times.
a short review in French of Les émeutes en Grèce, a book mainly by Théo Cosme (Théorie Communiste) about the Greece riots of 2008.
An English translation of Les émeutes en Grèce can be found here.
Théo Cosme, « Les émeutes en Grèce », Senonevero, Marseille, 2009, 136 p.
A reply from a former member of Aufheben to Theorie Communiste. Previous entries in this debate can be found in Riff-Raff No. 8.
An introduction to an introduction
It has been suggested that the following text – a draft for an introduction to TC’s response to what had appeared about them in Aufheben no 12 – requires some explanation.
In his text, RS tries to reconcile two opposing explanations of crises. In my opinion, he fails. He doesn’t demonstrate the need for such a reconciliation (To me, Mattick’s theory remains sufficient – though I admit that I didn’t read it for quite a time).