Yearly Archives: 2013

The pacifying state (cont.): the sovereignty of the police

The transformation of political issues into security matters makes explicit the relationship, if not the identity, of sovereignty and the exercise of police power.  The “police – contrary to public opinion – are not merely an administrative function of law … Continue reading

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The pacifying state: Spain and the laws against rebellion

The State’s power is fundamentally rooted in its ability to define the limits within which its sovereignty is exercised; a power that rests upon the State’s ability to simultaneously stand outside those very limits.  This paradox is at the very … Continue reading

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Anarchist interventions in brazil’s winter of discontent

Exclusion of people from the means of life is internal to capitalism.  If the social relations that constitute capitalism’s fabric allow some to benefit from the domination intrinsic to those relations, the many are exploited and/or rendered superfluous as befits … Continue reading

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(Parliamentary) Democracy, the Modern State, Capitalism and Fascism

The article that follows makes a number of points that are worth emphasising.  In a nutshell, "fascism is not a central political choice of the [modern] state".  Democracy with its "consensual" style of rule (and other tools) is a much … Continue reading

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Capitalism Dictator

The writer of the article that follows concludes as follows: ” For them [European governments], the important point is to keep the economic system sustainable. They see it as irrelevant what happens politically; whether, that is, there is a representative … Continue reading

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The Golden Dawn, Fascists, Neo-Nazis and the State

It is mostly in the writings of contemporary anti-authoritarian writers that we find the view that fascism and its various embodied (or should we say excremented) manifestations are not a symptom but an essential component (although often in partial manifestations) … Continue reading

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Whither the egyptian revolution?

What follows are reflections, readings, of events in egypt of the last few months, of a revolution seemingly appropriated or hijacked by military authorities.  They are testimonials, but also efforts to trace, open, paths beyond seeming failure …

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For Lou Reed

“There’s a bit of magic in everything, and some loss to even things out.” “When you think the night has seen your mind, That inside your twisted and unkind, Let me stand to show that you are blind. Please put … Continue reading

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A Madrid October: The liminal reality of autonomous okupied social centres

… l’exclusion est une arme possible et nécessaire.  C’est la seule arme de tout groupe fondé sur la liberté complète des individus. … Cette discipline définit nettement une plate-forme incorruptible, dont l’abandon ne se rattrapera pas.  Autrement, il y aurait … Continue reading

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A Madrid October: 15M is dead. Long live 15M!

It would be difficult to think of 15M in the form of a movement.  If that is, as a movement which has an origin, a goal, some objectives and a trajectory … Nevertheless, an event is but a timid call … Continue reading

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