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
Awesome that this is on-line.
Awesome that this is on-line. Communizing the expensive text books :twisted:
Wow thanks for uploading
Wow thanks for uploading this! Am currently tinkering around with the hideously unweildy text file so we should have the text and PDF up soon!
Great! You could do it a
Great! You could do it a chapter at a time, that's what I usually do.
Just started going through
Just started going through this. The intro is pretty good for an introduction to communization and the the first chapter where Endnotes take on the Invisible Committee is probably the best critique of The Coming Insurrection I've seen so far.
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Yep, totally agree with this, the Endnotes chapter is excellent. Just started the 'Communization and the Abolition of Gender' chapter, which also has a nice concise description of communization.
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Really looking forward to that one - saw Maya reading from it at Historical Materialism conf and was pretty impressed. Really really good to hear gender being discussed like this.
Someone has to get that
Someone has to get that Endnotes piece in the library. I may do it myself if no one else has the time.
I know that Ramona was
I know that Ramona was planning on doing some of it - maybe send her a private message. You could start at each end and meet in the middle!
Endnotes is up now... slowly
Endnotes is up now... slowly slowly
Just out of curiosity, is it
Just out of curiosity, is it known what the people who wrote this book do for a living?
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No idea. I assume most if not many are in education of some sort.
Yep, professional intelligentsia. I find that I am amused by reading communization theory almost as much as when I read "Peace Love and Petrol Bombs." Since the Marxists have nothing left (aside from the likes of Negri, Zizek, and Badiou -- yuck) the more intelligent have been forced to come to most of the same conclusions that many anarchists made nearly a hundred years ago.
Yeah Toscano and Gonzalez's
Yeah Toscano and Gonzalez's pieces are good. And also it's not all in favour of communisation theory, hence the title.
Reading this at the moment.
Reading this at the moment. The Nicole Pepperell essay was as boring as shit. Some stuff seems interesting but it's far too academic for me. I just feel like giving up on it tbh.
Anybody know of replies to
Anybody know of replies to this book in defense of Tiqqun/ IC?
Despite my comments above, I
Despite my comments above, I have no memory of reading any of this.
I was reminded by this book by Swampside Chats and Antifada who did a podcast on this: https://soundcloud.com/swampsidechats/high-theory-1-communization-and-its-discontents?in=swampsidechats/sets/high-theory