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By Benjamin Noys (editor)

Do we locate choices to the failed radical initiatives of the twentieth-century? What are the prospective different types of fight this day? How will we struggle again opposed to the distress of our crisis-ridden current? "Communization" is the spectre of the fast fight to abolish capitalism and the country, which haunts Europe, Southern California, and anyplace the true abstractions of price that form our lives are contested. Evolving at the terrain of capitalism new practices of the "human strike," independent communes, career, and riot have attacked the alienations of our instances. those symptoms of resistance are scattered and feature but to coalesce, and their destiny is intentionally precarious and insecure. Bringing jointly voices from in and out of those currents Communization and Its Discontents treats Communization as an issue to be explored instead of an answer. Taking within the new theorisations of Communization proposed by way of Tiqqun and The Invisible Committee, Th???©orie Communiste, post-autonomists, and others, it bargains severe reflections at the percentages and the boundaries of those modern varieties, innovations, and strategies of fight. participants comprise: Alberto Toscano, Nicole Pepperell, Anthony Iles, Marina Vishmidt, Evan Calder Williams, Jason E Smith, Th???©orie Communiste, Endnotes, Jasper Bernes, John Cunningham, George Ciccariello-Maher, and Alexander Galloway.

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This transformation is a determination of the current contradiction between classes, but it is in every case the particular practice of a struggle at a given moment and in given conditions. This cycle of struggles is the action of a recomposed working class. It consists, in the core areas of accumulation, in the disappearance of the great workers’ bastions and the proletarianization of employees; in the tertiarization of employment (maintenance specialists, equipment operators, truck drivers, shippers, stevedores, etc.

In this period, the ‘we’ of revolution does not affirm itself, does not identify itself positively, because it cannot; it cannot assert itself against the ‘they’ of capital without being confronted by the problem of its own existence – an existence which it will be the nature of the revolution to overcome. There is nothing to affirm in the capitalist class relation; no autonomy, no alternative, no outside, no secession. An implicit premise of texts like Call and The Coming Insurrection is that, if our class belonging ever was a binding condition, it is no longer.

It attempts to conceptually reconstruct the totality which is its ground, in the light of the already-posited supersession of this totality, and to draw out the supersession as it presents itself here. Since it is a relation which has no ideal ‘homeostatic’ state, but one which is always beyond itself, with capital facing the problem of labor at every turn – even in its victories – the adequate thought of this relation is not of some equilibrium state, or some smoothly self-positing totality; it is of a fundamentally impossible relation, something that is only insofar as it is ceasing to be; an internally unstable, antagonistic relation.

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