By Benjamin Noys (editor)
Will we locate possible choices to the failed radical initiatives of the twentieth-century? What are the potential sorts of fight at the present time? How will we struggle again opposed to the distress of our crisis-ridden current? "Communization" is the spectre of the instant fight to abolish capitalism and the country, which haunts Europe, Southern California, and at any place the true abstractions of price that form our lives are contested. Evolving at the terrain of capitalism new practices of the "human strike," self sustaining communes, profession, and insurrection have attacked the alienations of our occasions. those indicators of resistance are scattered and feature but to coalesce, and their destiny is intentionally precarious and insecure. Bringing jointly voices from in and out of those currents Communization and Its Discontents treats Communization as an issue to be explored instead of an answer. Taking within the new theorisations of Communization proposed by way of Tiqqun and The Invisible Committee, Th???©orie Communiste, post-autonomists, and others, it bargains severe reflections at the chances and the bounds of those modern varieties, thoughts, and strategies of fight. individuals comprise: Alberto Toscano, Nicole Pepperell, Anthony Iles, Marina Vishmidt, Evan Calder Williams, Jason E Smith, Th???©orie Communiste, Endnotes, Jasper Bernes, John Cunningham, George Ciccariello-Maher, and Alexander Galloway.
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Extra resources for Communization and its Discontents: Contestation, Critique, and Contemporary Struggles
It is not through an attack on the side of the nature of labor as productive of surplus-value that the demands-based struggle is superseded (which would always devolve back to a problem of distribution), but through an attack on the side of the means of production as capital. e. the matrices of exchange and commerce; it is their definition, their absorption in individual, intersubjective relations; it is the abolition of the division of labor such as it is inscribed in urban zoning, in the material configuration of buildings, in the separation between town and country, in the very existence of something which is called a factory or a point of production.
Of course, the division of the working day into necessary and surplus labor has always been definitive of the class struggle. But now, in the struggle over this division, it is paradoxically in the proletariat’s definition to the very depth of its being as a class of this mode of production, and as 52 The Moment of Communization nothing else, that it is apparent in practice, and in a conflictual way, that its existence as a class is the limit of its own struggle as a class. This is currently the central character of the wage demand in class struggle.
In Guadeloupe, the importance of unemployment, and of the part of the population that lives from benefits and or from an underground economy, means that wage-demands are a contradiction in terms. This contradiction structured the course of events between, on the one hand, the LKP, which was centered on permanent workers (essentially in public services) but which attempted to hold the terms of this contradiction together through the multiplication and the infinite diversity of demands, and, on the other, the absurdity of central wage-demands for the majority of people on the barricades, in the looting, and in the attacks on public buildings.