capitalism

Institutional Control of Social Struggles - Miguel Amorós

Miguel Amorós argues that the traditional mechanisms of social control and integration (parties and trade unions) have been undermined by capitalist development itself; that “the real crisis is the one that derives from the radical incompatibility of capitalism with life on Earth”, the crisis of the “external limits” of capitalism; that the “social question” thus assumes the form of the “defense of territory”, of “a different way of life”, and “the rural world” against the depredations of “sustainable development”; and that, “for real protest, the institutionalized opposition is the problem, the enemy and the main threat”.

The dialectic of rise and fall - Miguel Amorós

The text of a 2011 lecture that proclaims that it is too late for reforming capitalism, even with “green” neo-Keynesian policies, and invokes peak oil and global warming as just two more signs that a threshold has been crossed, on the other side of which lies the end of urban civilization as we know it and a return to a rural and agricultural existence, which will most likely take the form of a horrible B movie apocalypse unless “free and autonomous communities capable of resisting the post-urban depredation” can counteract the deep-seated attachment to urban lifestyles and ideologies that prevails among both urban and rural populations.

Toward the human community - La Guerre Sociale

A 1982 article first published in the journal La Guerre Sociale on the prospects for a communist movement, with discussions of politics, opportunism, bureaucracy, organizational fetishism, economic determinism, ideology, the adaptability of capitalism, and the limitations of the concept of self-management.

Notes on "the Situationist International: the art of historical intervention" - Miguel Amorós

A short summary of the history of the Situationist International, with brief discussions of its artistic origins, its significance as the “the most political artistic vanguard and the most artistic political vanguard” of its time, the role of the critique of everyday life in the development of its project, and the recuperation of many situationist themes by capitalism since May ’68, whose achievements with regard to individual freedom "were nothing but the pale reflection of the freedom of the market”.

How to overthrow the Illuminati

This pamphlet gives an excellent account, analysis and debunking of conspiracy theories and proposes a practical alternative for poor, black and working class people for emancipation.

Double devalorization - Robert Kurz

In this short article first published in 2012, Robert Kurz discusses developments in finance and real production that point towards the possibility of a simultaneous generalized devalorization affecting both spheres of capital, which “would signify the onset of the historic bankruptcy of the ‘mode of production based on value’ (Marx) as a whole, due to the fact that it can no longer serve as the basis for any social reproduction”.

The limits to capital - David Harvey

The limits to capital

The Limits to Capital provides one of the best theoretical guides to the history and geography of capitalist development.

Self-management of misery or the miseries of self-management - Terra Cremada

A critical look at co-ops, worker-owned and collective businesses, ethical banking, the entrepreneurial spirit, competition, and “independent” contract work and the limitations of the concept and practice of self-management in the context of the totalitarian logic of capitalist society.

The resistance to capitalism - Emilio Lopez Arango

This is the translation of the first chapter of an essay in an out of print text by Emilio Lopez Arango, one of the premier theorists of the FORA up through the 20s when he was assassinated. This has never been translated as far as is known.

Imagining non-work - Kathi Weeks

Imagining non-work - Kathi Weeks

Kathi Weeks discusses how even our concepts of leisure are defined in relation to work, and how we might escape work's domination of life.