Communization and Its Discontents

Communization and Its Discontents
Contestation, Critique, and Contemporary Struggles
Edited by Benjamin Noys

Can we find alternatives to the failed radical projects of the twentieth-century? What are the possible forms of struggle today? How do we fight back against the misery of our crisis-ridden present?

"Communization" is the spectre of the immediate struggle to abolish capitalism and the state, which haunts Europe, Southern California, and wherever the real abstractions of value that shape our lives are contested. Evolving on the terrain of capitalism new practices of the "human strike," autonomous communes, occupation, and insurrection have attacked the alienations of our times. These signs of resistance are scattered and have yet to coalesce, and their future is deliberately precarious and insecure.

Bringing together voices from inside and outside of these currents Communization and Its Discontents treats Communization as a problem to be explored rather than a solution. Taking in the new theorisations of Communization proposed by Tiqqun and The Invisible Committee, Theorie Communiste, post-autonomists, and others, it offers critical reflections on the possibilities and the limits of these contemporary forms, strategies, and tactics of struggle.

Contributors include: Alberto Toscano, Nicole Pepperell, Anthony Iles, Marina Vishmidt, Evan Calder Williams, Jason E Smith, Theorie Communiste, Endnotes, Jasper Bernes, John Cunningham, George Ciccariello-Maher, and Alexander Galloway.

Contents

The Moment of Communization
The Fabric of Struggles, Benjamin Noys
What are we to do? Endnotes
Communization in the Present Tense, Théorie Communiste
Refections on the Call, Leon de Mattis

Frames of Struggle
Now and Never, Alberto Toscano
Capitalism: Some Disassembly Required, Nicole Pepperell
Work, Work Your Thoughts, and Therein See a Siege, Anthony Iles and Marina Vishmidt

Strategies of Struggle
The Double Barricade and the Glass Floor, Jasper Bernes
Fire to the Commons, Evan Calder Williams
Make Total Destroy, John Cunningham

No Future?
Communization and the Abolition of Gender, Maya Andrea Gonzalez
Black Box, Black Bloc, Alexander R. Galloway