John Holloway

Change the world without taking power - John Holloway

The full text of John Holloway's popular, influential and debate-provoking book, originally published in 2002.

Open Marxism volume 3: emancipating Marx

Third volume of Bonefeld, Gunn and Psychopedis’ ‘Open Marxism’ collection.

This volume contains the following articles:

  • Introduction: Emancipating Marx - Werner Bonefeld, Richard Gunn, John Holloway, Kosmas Psychopedis
  • Capitalism and Reproduction - Mariarosa Dalla Costa
  • Emancipating Explanation - Kosmas Psychopedis
  • Why did Marx Conceal his Dialectical Method? - Helmut Reichelt

In and against the state

Book from 1979 discussing the experience of working class people, mostly socialists, in working within the public sector in the late 1970s, or relying upon it as service provider; and the contradictions that reveals.

The first version of In and Against the State was published as a pamphlet in 1979; then reissued with minor updates to the original text, and a substantial postscript the next year.

The red rose of Nissan - John Holloway

British Leyland workers strike in 1979

Following the opening of a new Nissan factory in Sunderland in 1986, John Holloway analyses changes in the British car industry over the previous two decades, in particular how workers' organisation at British Leyland was broken up to usher in a new age of "harmony" and increased exploitation.

From Capital and Class # 32 (1987)

The new Nissan factory in Sunderland was opened on 11 September 1986 with a great fanfare of publicity: television advertisements, documentaries, newspaper supplements, news coverage of the formal opening by the prime minister.

Review - Change the world without taking power by John Holloway - Red and Black Notes

Red and Black Notes review of Change the World without Taking Power by John Holloway. The full text of this can be found here.

John Holloway's book Change the World without Taking Power makes an excellent case for not judging a book by its cover. The cover graphic of a ski-masked protester, paint brush in hand, and the anarchist circle @ might lead the curious reader to suppose the work to be the product of the anti-globalization movement; however, the title of the book suggests a new-age consciousness raising treatise.

Going in the Wrong Direction or Mephistopheles: Not Saint Francis of Assisi

Toni Negri's work is enormously attractive, not only for its own merits, but because it responds to a desperate need. We are all looking for a way forward. The old state-centred model of revolution has failed catastrophically, reformism becomes more and more corrupt and barren, yet revolutionary change is more urgent than ever.

Twelve Theses on Changing the World without taking Power


1. The starting point is negativity.

We start from the scream, not from the word. Faced with the mutilation of human lives by capitalism, a scream of sadness, a scream of horror, a scream of anger, a scream of refusal: NO.

Open reply to open letter

Open Reply to an Open Letter

Dearest Wildcat,

Many thanks for your letter. I'm very sorry for not replying sooner, but ... and then follow all the excuses. I don't know how many letters I've started in this way.

Open Letter to John Holloway

Wildcat-Zirkular No. 39 - September 1997 - pp. (german edition) 31-44 [z39e_hol.htm]

Open Letter to John Holloway

Dear John,

The concept of power and the Zapatistas

The following article was contributed to autonomedia by John Holloway. We thank John Holloway for his kind permission. It was first published in Common Sense # 19, June 1996.

The Concept of Power and the Zapatistas

John Holloway