To Our Friends (Semiotext(e) / Intervention Series)

The Invisible Committee's The Coming Insurrection used to be a phenomenon, celebrated in a few quarters and inveighed opposed to in others, publicized in media that ranged from campus bulletin forums to Fox information. Seven years later, The Invisible Committee follows up their premonitory manifesto with a brand new e-book, To Our Friends.

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In 2007 we released The Coming rebel in France. It has to be stated variety of assertions via the Invisible Committee have considering that been proven, beginning with the 1st and so much crucial: the sensational go back of the insurrectionary phenomenon. Who might have wager a kopeck, seven years in the past, at the overthrow of Ben Ali or Mubarak via road motion, at the rebellion of kids in Quebec, at the political awakening of Brazil, at the fires set French-style within the English or Swedish banlieues , at the construction of an insurrectionary commune within the very middle of Istanbul, on a stream of plaza occupations within the usa, or at the uprising that unfold all through Greece in December of 2008?

During the seven years that separate the arriving rebel from To Our associates , the brokers of the Invisible Committee have persisted to struggle, to arrange, to move themselves to the 4 corners of the area, to at any place the fires have been lit, and to discuss with comrades of each tendency and each state. therefore To Our acquaintances is written on the experiential point, in reference to that common stream. Its phrases factor from the turmoil and are addressed to people who nonetheless think sufficiently in lifestyles to struggle as a consequence.

To Our acquaintances is a record at the country of the realm and of the move, an editorial that is primarily strategic and brazenly partisan. Its political ambition is conceited: to provide a shared realizing of the epoch, despite the intense confusion of the present.

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Simply because the ideology of the pageant is the dying of the genuine competition, and the ideology of the come upon is the particular impossibility of coming jointly, expertise is the neutralization of all of the specific ideas. during this feel capitalism is basically technological; it's the ecocnomic association of the best ideas right into a procedure. Its cardinal determine isn't the economist however the engineer. The engineer is the expert in recommendations and therefore the manager expropriator of them, one that doesn’t allow himself be plagued by any of them, and spreads his personal absence from the realm far and wide he can.

Every time, the occasions of urgency, rebellion, career gave upward thrust to greater than used to be dedicated to them first and foremost when it comes to calls for, process, or desire. those that went to Taksim to avoid 600 bushes from being ripped out quickly came upon anything else to guard: the sq. itself, as a matrix and expression of an influence regained finally, after ten years of political castration and preventive dismemberment of each semblance of collective association. What partakes of the commune within the career of Tahrir sq., the Puerta del Sol, or a few American occupations, or within the 40 unforgettable days of the unfastened Republic of Maddalena within the Susa Valley, is researching that you will arrange in such a lot of domain names that they can’t be totalized.

Such is the thing of presidency now: not guy or his pursuits, yet his “social setting. ” an atmosphere whose version is the clever urban. clever simply because via its sensors it produces details whose processing in actual time makes self-management attainable. And clever since it produces and is produced through clever population. Political financial system reigned over beings via leaving them loose to pursue their curiosity; cybernetics controls them by means of leaving them loose to speak. “We have to reinvent the social platforms in a managed framework,” a few MIT professor declared lately.

Organizing is performing in response to a typical conception, at no matter what point that could be. Now, what's lacking from the location isn't really “people’s anger” or financial scarcity, it’s no longer the nice will of militants or the unfold of serious cognizance, or maybe the proliferation of anarchist gestures. What we lack is a shared belief of the location. with out this binding agent, gestures dissolve with out a hint into nothingness, lives have the feel of goals, and uprisings prove in schoolbooks.

It’s a contradiction of the worldwide, which we will supply a consistency to or no longer. each singular global therefore seems to be for what it's: a fold on this planet, and never its enormous outdoor. decreasing to the quite insignificant class of “local struggles”—akin to the pleasantly folkloric “local color”—struggles like these of the Susa Valley, Chalkidiki, or the Mapuche, who've recreated a territory and a individuals with a planetary air of mystery, is a vintage operation of neutralization. For the country, at the pretext that those territories are positioned at its margins, it’s an issue of marginalizing them politically.

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