A discussion of some recent trends in state repression, considered against the background of the decline of the classical forms of class struggle in the last fifty years, which must now be revitalized by adapting to the new conditions in which “defense of the territory and anti-developmentalism” are the indispensable elements of the next stage of the “social war”, in which “the prevailing legality, not inspiring any respect, must instill fear and in order to do so it must endow itself with a greater capacity for repression”.
Norbert Trenkle of the Krisis Group discusses the crisis of abstract labor in which “capitalism now only functions as a gigantic machine for exclusion and marginalization”, characterized by overaccumulation, the resort to fictitious capital in order to valorize capital and “the total diffusion of abstract labor throughout all of life”, resulting in “the brutalization of individual competition, the exacerbation of sexist and racist violence, the spread of nationalist and ethnic identity politics and the growth of religious sects and mafia gangs”, phenomena that “constitute extensions of the dominant, exclusionary and destructive effects of capitalist logic under crisis conditions”.
An explanation of the meaning of “territory”, illustrated in its historical, social, economic and political context from the times of Cleisthenes to today’s pathological “anti-cities” and mutilated rural areas, as the dynamic unity of humanity as transformative agent and nature as abstract totality, and its significance for the “anti-developmentalist critique” that seeks to reunify the these two aspects of the world in a two-pronged struggle to restore the emancipatory nature of the city (the agora, “city air makes one free”) and the salutary aspects of rural life (the commons, etc.), a struggle that goes by the name of “territorial defense”, the pivot of the modern social revolution.
The U.S based group, Unity & Struggle's first political document from 2009, analyzing the situation as they see it.
In this 2004 article, Robert Kurz discusses the condition of “simultaneity” caused by the concluding phase of the discontinuous “catch-up modernization” of the world’s nations that culminated in “the constitution of the transnational structures of capital” in which the traditional workers movement and leftist politics, inseparable from the national form of capitalism and its “Enlightenment ideology”, have been rendered obsolete and ineffective, and asserts that critique “must become more profound and must understand the repressive assumptions behind these concepts instead of demanding the realization of their ideals” (“nation, political regulation, bourgeois recognition”).
In this article first published in 2002, Robert Kurz examines the cycles of booms and busts since the 1980s, identifies the United States as the linchpin of the world economy in its role as global consumer, points out that this role can only be sustained temporarily by way of credit and fictitious capital created by financial bubbles (a “pseudo-economy”) that increasingly renders the population superfluous for value production, predicts that “the real estate bubble will burst, too”, and concludes with the observation that “if the North American motor stops running, the whole world economy will grind to a halt”.
In this article written in 2002 during the build-up for the second Iraq War, Robert Kurz exposes the ideology of human rights in the context of capitalist society as more of a “threat” than a “promise” for the economically “superfluous”, who are no longer the subjects of rights and, as such, forfeit all claim to value, and calls this “the principal secret of all political economy and, most pertinently, of modern democratic politics” and claims that “the emancipatory critique of human rights is the precondition of all critique in the 21st century, just as the critique of religion was the precondition of all critique in the 19th century”.