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Gáspár Miklós Tamás: Between Rousseau and Marx

… what happens if one seriously tries to complete Marx’s project of developing, as he put it in an early essay, a “ruthless critique of everything that exists.” The likely result is a picture of the world so relentlessly bleak … Continue reading

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For Gáspár Miklós Tamás (1948-2023)

The Romanian-born Hungarian philosopher and political activist Gáspár Miklos Tamás died this last January 15th. In three posts, we celebrate his discernment, his wisdom and his ethical-political engagements, regardless of whatever differences we may have with his work. Below, a … Continue reading

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Staughton Lynd: Thinking history, doing politics, from below

What we are about is a new set of values, the practice of solidarity. Capitalism developed within feudalism as the practice of the idea of contract. What was imagined was a society in which free and equal members of civil … Continue reading

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The Legacy of the St. Imier Congress

The St. Imier Congress of 1872 was one of the defining moments of the anarchist movement within the the broader tradition of European socialism. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Congress and a gathering has been called for … Continue reading

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Remembering Howard Zinn

My viewpoint, in telling the history of the United States, is different: that we must not accept the memory of states as our own. Nations are not communities and never have been. The history of any country, presented as the … Continue reading

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Anarchism: Giving form to autonomy

This post was born of an exchange of letters between John Holloway and Michael Hardt that focused on the issue of “anti-capitalist social movements” and their “organisation” and “institutionalisation”. The letters date from 2011, but their subject remains contemporary, as … Continue reading

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Mario Tronti: Desperate Hopes

I do not want to know to know, but to overthrow what is, and to the extent that it is possible, into its opposite. Mario Tronti, Noi operaisti Mario Tronti is one of the central figures of operaismo/workerism, a theoretical-practical … Continue reading

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The commodity and the making of “woman”

Voices of revolutionary feminism … If we have little interest in the scholasticism and the baroque arcana of contemporary marxist theoretical debates, the wealth of marxist theory can be neither dismissed nor ignored. And debates around marxist inspired feminism are … Continue reading

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The gilets jaunes: A movement that is not a movement

Movement is the impossibility, indefiniteness and imperfection of every politics. It always leaves a residue. In this perspective the motto I cited as a rule for myself might be reformulated in ontological terms as this: ‘the movement is that which … 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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