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. These signs of resistance are scattered and have yet to coalesce, and their future is deliberately precarious and insecure.
Bringing together voices from inside and outside of these currents Communization and Its Discontents treats communization as a problem to be explored rather than a solution. Taking in the new theorizations of communization proposed by Tiqqun and The Invisible Committee, Théorie Communiste, post-autonomists, and others, it offers critical reflections on the possibilities and the limits of these contemporary forms, strategies, and tactics of struggle.
Contributors: Jasper Bernes, John Cunningham, Endnotes, Alexander R. Galloway, Maya Andrea Gonzalez, Anthony Iles, Leon de Mattis, Nicole Pepperell, Théorie Communiste, Alberto Toscano, Marina Vishmidt, and Evan Calder Williams.
The Fabric of Struggles - Benjamin Noys
The Moment of Communization
1. What are we to do? - Endnotes
2. Communization in the Present Tense - Théorie Communiste
3. Reflections on the Call - Leon de Mattis
Frames of Struggle
4. Now and Never - Alberto Toscano
5. Capitalism: Some Disassembly Required - Nicole Pepperell
6. Work, Work Your Thoughts, and Therein see a Siege - Anthony Iles and Marina Vishmidt
Strategies of Struggle
7. The Double Barricade and the Glass Floor - Jasper Bernes
8. Fire to the Commons - Evan Calder Williams
9. Make Total Destroy - John Cunningham
10. Communization and the Abolition of Gender - Maya Andrea Gonzalez
11. Black Box, Black Bloc - Alexander R. Galloway