Gilles Dauvé

Love of Labour? Love of Labour Lost… - Gilles Dauvé and Karl Nesic

Dauvé and Nesic’s historical account challenges the thesis that the self-identification of the proletarian as producer has been the decisive cause of its defeats. When, they ask, did the workers actually try to shoulder economic growth? When did they ever compete with bourgeois owners or modern directors for the management of the companies? Workers’ movements don’t boil down to an affirmation of labour. And if the “being” of the proletariat theorised by Marx is not just a metaphysics, its content is independent of the forms taken by capitalist domination.

Crime as representation and reality - Gilles Dauvé

An introduction to the Castilian translation of 'For a World Without Moral Order' and 'Alice in Monsterland', published by XXX Editions in Spain.

Hamburgers vs value - Kämpa Tillsammans

Article by 'Marcel' of Swedish communist group 'Kämpa Tillsammans', examining the relationship between informal workplace activity in a hamburger restaurant, and the broader communist movement, with a section at the end co-authored by Marcel and Gillés Dauve.

Capital and state - Jean Barrot

A section from 'Le mouvement communiste', Editions Champ Libre, 1972, Troisième partie : Révolution et contre-révolution., pp 166-176. Gilles Dauvé, who wrote 'Le mouvement communiste' (under the name Jean Barrot) was also involved with a group called 'Le mouvement communiste', which produced six issues of a journal of the same name between 1972 and 1974.

On the "woman question" - Gilles Dauvé

"Too Marxist for a feminist? Too feminist for a Marxist? Or not enough…? Best see for yourself."
Gilles Dauvé examines woman/sex/gender question, and what it has become in the capitalist mode of production.

An A to Z of communisation - Gilles Dauvé

An A-Z of key aspects of communisation theory, by Gilles Dauvé.

Rojava: reality and rhetoric - Gilles Dauvé and T.L.

Rojava flags flying

A detailed critical analysis of the "Rojava revolution". This is a much enlarged version of 'Kurdistan?' written by G.D. and T.L published on Troploin.

When insurrections die - Gilles Dauvé

This is a reconceived version of 'Fascism and Anti-Fascism'. In this text, Dauvé shows how the wave of proletarian revolts in the first half of the twentieth century failed: either because they were crushed by the vicissitudes of war and ideology, or because their “victories” took the form of counter-revolutions themselves, setting up social systems which, in their reliance on monetary exchange and wage-labour, failed to transcend capitalism.

Reforming the reformers - Gilles Dauvé

A short review by Gilles Dauvé of Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st century.

Response to a criticism of GDC antiracism and antifascism via Dauvé

A response by a member of the Twin Cities General Defense Committee (GDC) of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) to criticisms of antifascism.