The following text was written to help people discover, remind themselves or popularize the various syndicalist methods of struggle.
By an anarcho-syndicalist militant, CNT-AIT, 2006.
Translated by Cobbler and 888 for Libcom.org.
Design by Jared Davidson.
This zine documents some of the work we’ve been up to so far in the first year of South Side Chicago Anti-Racist Action and was prepared for the July 31 2010 Day of Action Against Racism and Fascism. We hope that this publication will start a larger discussion in strategizing ways we can more effectively combat all forms of oppression in our city.
For those interested in: social war, insurrection, Virilio, theory, and destruction...
Fredy Perlman's influential book Against His-tory, Against Leviathan! expresses the position of the new 'primitivist' current in which the enemy is not capital but progress. Going beyond leftist notions of the basic neutrality of technology is a step in the right direction; but seeing all technology as essentially alienating is a mystification. Since it is itself an expression in theory of a radical setback, primitivism contributes little to the practical problem we all face of overthrowing capitalism.
A situationist critique of "delinquents" and "respectable citizens": "We are typically given to understand that delinquents are rejecting the norms of society, and respectable citizens are being impoverished by a loss of the tranquil enjoyment of ordinary life. This way of viewing matters is perfectly misconceived. The problem is not that young delinquents have gone too far in their defiance of the dominant society, but that they have not gone far enough. The problem is not that the lives of the respectable citizens of this society have become disturbed, but that they have remained frozen. read more »
"Revisiting successful aspects of the anarcho-syndicalist tradition and its tactics of revolutionary struggle (within and outside of the workplace) is something that could potentially move beyond representation and build the culture of resistance. By coming together in one network based on direct action, solidarity and the ideas of anarchism, we could offer a very real alternative to both reformist action and the capitalist system itself. It could do what the current unions can’t or won’t do." read more »
In this essay, Jean Baudrillard elaborates a radical critique of Marxism through its deployment of productivity and value (abstract labor, and deductively, useful labor—or Man, “man as labor”—value in general). The two-fold character of labor is a necessary conceptual tool for analyzing the capitalist mode of production, but to the question of how to destroy the capitalist mode of production, it offers little. Rallying behind one form of value does not aide the destruction of the system of value production. read more »
"Society no longer exists, at least in the sense of a differentiated whole. There is only a tangle of norms and mechanisms through which THEY hold together the scattered tatters of the global biopolitical fabric, through which THEY prevent its violent disintegration. Empire is the administrator of this desolation, the supreme manager of a process of listless implosion."
"Tiqqun is the becoming-real, the becoming-practice of the world. Tiqqun is the process through which everything is revealed to be practice, that is, to take place within its own limits, within its own immanent signification. Tiqqun means that each act, conduct, and statement endowed with sense—act, conduct and statement as event—spontaneously manifests its own metaphysics, its own community, its own party. Civil war simply means the world is practice, and life is, in its smallest details, heroic."
The full text from the second issue of the French journal, Tiqqun. Complete with a new layout.
Now, in this exploration, we are moving onto the ground of meta-politics. Wild, vast and more primal than the little, fenced-in plots of what amerikkka calls "politics." From the rape bordellos of the Balkans to the mass murder by AIDS in Afrika, women are being pushed to understand men's society and, most importantly, ourselves, in a different way. The longest Amazon journey begins today.
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"Beyond the carnage, suicides and miscellaneous irregularities, beyond all these strange gestures that provide us with so much encouraging news of commodity civilization’s decomposition, and consequently of the deaf advancement of the Imaginary Party, we lace a high importance on the form of the manifestations of negativity that invent a new active grammar of contestation."
A play produced by Insurgent Theatre in January of 2005.
If you'd like to produce your own version of this play, the author would love to help. Find contact info in the file. Thank you.
Script for a play produced by Insurgent Theatre summer of 2008 - spring of 2009.
If anyone is interested in producing their own version of this play, i'd love to help. Contact information inside script.
Script and essays for a play Insurgent Theatre has been touring North America with since Sept 2009.
If anyone is interested in producing their own version of this play, please contact the author. I'd love to help.
Text from "Italian Feminist Thought: A Reader", includes two text published in 1970 by the group Rivolta Femminile, their first manifesto & "Let's Spit on Hegel" written by founding member Carla Lonzi.
Excerpt from Graeber's "Direct Action."