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Autonomy in India: Tactical and Strategic Considerations on the New Wave of Workers' Struggles

Autonomy in India: Tactical and Strategic Considerations on the New Wave of Workers’ Struggles

Recent work­ers’ strug­gles in India prompt us to exam­ine the con­cept of auton­omy more closely. Move­ments in the Gur­gaon-Mane­sar region have con­sciously or uncon­sciously addressed the real­ity of the social fac­tory and have com­bined mobi­liza­tions from below and mass ini­tia­tive with the need to for­mu­late an appro­pri­ate strat­egy and effec­tive set of tac­tics.

Reinventing Communist Politics

Reinventing Communist Politics

Francesco Rapar­elli: An orig­i­nal “con­stel­la­tion” of cap­i­tal is pre­sented in Bor­der as Method. The notion of the “mul­ti­pli­ca­tion of labor,” in par­tic­u­lar, clearly grasps the “great trans­for­ma­tion” in which we are immersed. Is a com­mu­nist pol­i­tics that takes seri­ously the irre­ducible mul­ti­plic­ity of exploita­tion that you describe so well still pos­si­ble? San­dro Mez­zadra: My work with Brett, Bor­der as Method,… Read more → 

Feminism, Reproduction, and Communism

Feminism, Reproduction, and Communism

Fed­er­ica Gia­r­dini: In your tra­jec­tory there is the expe­ri­ence of being a sex worker, of STRASS (Syn­di­cat du Tra­vail Sex­uel), and of advo­cat­ing against cam­paigns for the abo­li­tion of pros­ti­tu­tion. In which ways does sex work occupy the front­li­nes for analy­sis, cri­tique, and the cre­ation of new pos­si­bil­i­ties? Mor­gane Mer­teuil: As a sex worker I’ve grap­pled with dif­fer­ent fem­i­nist dis­courses.… Read more → 

The Communist Desire to Change the World – and Ourselves

The Communist Desire to Change the World – and Ourselves

Chiara Giorgi: Karl Marx’s rep­re­sen­ta­tion of com­mu­nism was that of an alter­na­tive to cap­i­tal­ism, the ground for which it had in fact already pre­pared. This idea opened up one of the main ques­tions of com­mu­nism, namely the very notion of tran­si­tion. In The Phi­los­o­phy of Marx, you have observed that, far from embrac­ing an evo­lu­tion­ist view, the tran­si­tion fore­seen by… Read more → 

Communism as a Continuing Constituent Process

Communism as a Continuing Constituent Process

Francesco Rapar­elli: In The Labor of Diony­sus (co-writ­ten with Michael Hardt), you insist on the cen­tral­ity of the “pre­req­ui­sites of com­mu­nism” in describ­ing the con­tem­po­rary mode of pro­duc­tion, by which you mean lan­guage, affects, and mobil­ity, which have become pil­lars of cap­i­tal­ist val­oriza­tion. Rather than inval­i­dat­ing this analy­sis, the cri­sis which exploded in 2008 seems to have con­firmed it. Do… Read more → 

The Return of Communism

The Return of Communism

View­point is proud to co-spon­sor the Rome Con­fer­ence on Com­mu­nism, tak­ing place in the eter­nal city from Jan­u­ary 18-22, 2017. The con­fer­ence entails a series of round­table dis­cus­sions with major fig­ures in the his­tory, prac­tice, and the­ory of com­mu­nism, as well as work­shops bring­ing together younger activists and mil­i­tants.

Lynching: A Weapon of National Oppression (1932)

Lynching: A Weapon of National Oppression (1932)

Lynch­ing: A Weapon of National Oppres­sion reminds us of an ear­lier gen­er­a­tion of rad­i­cals who disiden­ti­fied with lib­eral cap­i­tal­ist democ­racy and Amer­i­can excep­tion­al­ism to envi­sion an end to impe­rial dom­i­na­tion and eco­nomic exploita­tion. The pam­phlet and the multi-racial strug­gles against legal lynch­ing that inspired it are impor­tant tools as we heed renewed calls for black self-deter­mi­na­tion amidst a global reasser­tion of fas­cism and lynch law.

White Purity

White Purity

Among other things, white­ness is a kind of solip­sism. From right to left, whites con­sis­tently and suc­cess­fully reroute every polit­i­cal dis­cus­sion to their iden­tity.

The Safety Pin and the Swastika

The Safety Pin and the Swastika

If you had read in early 2016 about a National Pol­icy Insti­tute con­fer­ence on the theme of “Iden­tity Pol­i­tics,” you might have assumed it was an inno­cent gath­er­ing of pro­gres­sives. If you had attended, you would have been in for an unpleas­ant sur­prise. The National Pol­icy Insti­tute is an orga­ni­za­tion of white nation­al­ists, over­seen by neo-Nazi media dar­ling Richard Spencer.