Category Archives: Commentary

Brazil and the permanent state of exception

A prisoner of my class and some clothing, I walk, dressed in white along the gray street. Melancholy and merchandise harass me. Must I keep going until I collapse? Can I rebel without arms? Filthy eyes in the tower clock … Continue reading

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Feminism and beyond in May 68

France’s May 68 not only created space for the emergence of a radical gay movement in the country (with the FHAR), but a parallel feminist movement as well, as expressed in the Mouvement de libération des femmes (MLF).  We share a … Continue reading

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The long and winding May of 1968 (7): Argentina’s Uprising

We share a study by James P. Brennan, of the 1969 uprising in the Argentine city of Cordoba, known as the Cordobazo, which saw students and workers rise up against the military dictatorship of General Juan Carlos Onganía with a series … Continue reading

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The long and winding May of 1968 (6): German student movement

We share below Manfred Buddeberg’s essay, The Student Movement in West Germany, written at the height of events in 1968 (From International Socialism, No.33, Summer 1968, and translated by Jennifer Bell, and available at the site marxists.org).

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The long and winding May of 1968 (5): Japanese Anarchism 1960s

To share, a brief account of the anarchist movement in the 1960s of japan, by Michael Schmidt, followed by the third chapter of John Crump’s essay, The Anarchist Movement in Japan, 1906–1996.

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Was there something queer about May 68?: The FHAR and Guy Hocquenghem

Workers of the world, masturbate! Front Homosexuel d’Action Revolutionnaire slogan We should put into practice the truth that there is no revolutionary subject—there is no subject at all. There are only historical drives that ruffle this or that part of our … Continue reading

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The long and winding May of 1968 (4): April 4 – The assassination of Martin Luther King

The african/black american struggle against slavery and racism far predates the rebellions of 1968.  Yet the 1960s marked an intensification in this struggle, comparable to few other moments in recent history. We will not pretend to analyse this struggle in … Continue reading

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The long and winding May of 1968 (3): The italian autonomist movement

Autonomy is the body without organs of politics, anti-hierarchical, anti-dialectical, anti-representative.  It is not only a political project, it is a project for existence. Individuals are never autonomous: they depend on external recognition.  The autonomous body is not exclusive or … Continue reading

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The long and winding May of 1968 (2): The student rebellion in Mexico

Our May 68 takes us to Mexico …

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The long and winding May of 1968 (1): The Prague spring

May 1968 was not a franco-french, hexagonal affair.  It was a global event.  One would speak of it very differently if it had not resonated with, not only the occupied factories decked with red flags, but also with the Tet … Continue reading

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