The coming insurrection

by The Invisible Committee

Paper Book, 2009




Los Angeles, CA : Cambridge, Mass. : Semiotext(e) ; distributed by The MIT Press, c2009.


A call to arms by a group of French intellectuals that rejects leftist reform and aligns itself with younger, wilder forms of resistance. Thirty years of "crisis," mass unemployment, and flagging growth, and they still want us to believe in the economy... We have to see that the economy is itself the crisis. It's not that there's not enough work, it's that there is too much of it. The Coming Insurrection is an eloquent call to arms arising from the recent waves of social contestation in France and Europe. Written by the anonymous Invisible Committee in the vein of Guy Debord--and with comparable elegance--it has been proclaimed a manual for terrorism by the French government (who recently arrested its alleged authors). One of its members more adequately described the group as "the name given to a collective voice bent on denouncing contemporary cynicism and reality." The Coming Insurrection is a strategic prescription for an emergent war-machine capable of "spreading anarchy and live communism." Written in the wake of the riots that erupted throughout the Paris suburbs in the fall of 2005 and presaging more recent riots and general strikes in France and Greece, The Coming Insurrection articulates a rejection of the official Left and its reformist agenda, aligning itself instead with the younger, wilder forms of resistance that have emerged in Europe around recent struggles against immigration control and the "war on terror." Hot-wired to the movement of '77 in Italy, its preferred historical reference point, The Coming Insurrection formulates an ethics that takes as its starting point theft, sabotage, the refusal to work, and the elaboration of collective, self-organized life forms. It is a philosophical statement that addresses the growing number of those--in France, in the United States, and elsewhere--who refuse the idea that theory, politics, and life are separate realms.… (more)

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LibraryThing member HadriantheBlind
In bad times, one must write manifestos.

This is less than an active handbook for active resistance than an indictment, a prosecution, a rant. It has unreserved cynicism for not just the Negri-Imperial style of economic/political power, but also the easy comforting hedonism of the 1960s, and the 'organic' 'we can still enjoy the fruits of modern industry and extraction and not feel guilty about it' capitalism.

Being as picky as I am, I'd like more citations than fancy rousing slogans, more action than ignorant proclamation. Something substantial.

But not necessarily violence. The sort of people who win through violent revolution are typically not those that you would rather have run a country.

That is reserved for the very end, and they admit there is so much wrong with the present system, it's almost impossible to determine where to start, except smaller and on the local level - anarcho-communes. This is more interesting.

As much I must disagree with this, I'm more tempted to agree with them the longer I watch the RNC's Policy Committee on C-SPAN.
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LibraryThing member pessoanongrata
i wish more literature like this reached fox news. makes being left sexier. the truth is on their side but that's it. good luck with the revolution guys.


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135 p.; 18 cm


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