By Benjamin Noys (editor)
Do we locate choices to the failed radical initiatives of the twentieth-century? What are the prospective sorts of fight this present day? How can we struggle again opposed to the distress of our crisis-ridden current? "Communization" is the spectre of the rapid fight to abolish capitalism and the nation, which haunts Europe, Southern California, and anyplace the genuine abstractions of worth that form our lives are contested. Evolving at the terrain of capitalism new practices of the "human strike," self sustaining communes, career, and revolt have attacked the alienations of our occasions. 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 serious reflections at the chances and the boundaries of those modern types, ideas, and strategies of fight. individuals contain: 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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The same thing occurs when workers who have been sacked don’t demand jobs but severance pay instead. In the same period, the Moulinex employees who had been made redundant set fire to a factory building, thus inscribing themselves in the dynamic of this cycle of struggles, which makes the existence of the proletariat as a class the limit of its class action. Similarly, in 2006, in Savar, 50km north of Dhaka, Bangladesh, two factories were torched and a hun48 The Moment of Communization dred others ransacked after workers had not been paid for three months.
E. in the actual modalities of their realisation. It is thus that the revolution as communization becomes credible. In France in November 2005, in the banlieues, the rioters didn’t demand anything, they attacked their own condition, they made everything that produces and defines them their target. Rioters revealed and attacked the proletarian situation now: the worldwide precarization of the labor force. In doing so they immediately made obsolete, in the very moment in which such a demand could have been articulated, any desire to 49 Communization and its Discontents be an ‘ordinary proletarian’.
It is a particular moment of struggles which themselves are already theoretical (in the sense that they are productive of theory), insofar as they have a critical relation vis-à-vis themselves. Most often, these are not earthshaking declarations or ‘radical’ actions but rather all the practices of the proletariat of flight from, or rejection of, its own condition. In current strikes over layoffs, workers often no longer demand to keep their jobs, but increasingly they fight for substantial redundancy payments instead.