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The subjects of capital: A critique of narcissism

Capitalism produces human subjectivities, as it produces commodities.  Without this capacity, its underlying social relations would be unsustainable.

Motivated by our own reflections, we share below an essay that was recently posted on the french based palim-psaowebsite (a site dedicated to the diffusion of Krisis goup texts in various languages), that critically addresses the narcissistic subject of contemporary capitalism.

Peter Samol’s “All the lonely people” (Krisis, 4, 2016) has been getting some attention lately. For non-German speakers, an abridged translation can be found here (thanks to Marc Batko).

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South Africa: Death Threats Continue in #Durban

South Africa: Death Threats in Barcelona 2. Our chairperson in our Barcelona 2 transit camp branch in Lamontville, Mr Simbongile Jujebe, and some members of the local council in the area, have been threatened by unknown men who promised to ‘remove’ them if they continue to organise Abahlali in the area. The Ward Councillor has on many occasions said that she is “the only Councillor in the ward” and that she will “not tolerate people who are creating their own authority”. In an open community meeting the Councillor openly attacked our chairperson threatening him. Two days later the local council of Abahlali were threatened by men who said that they come from the notorious Seventeen Hostel in uMlazi.

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#Glasgow tenants union statement on Serco evictions of refugees

Statement by Living Rent, the tenants’ union active in Glasgow, on Serco’s eviction of vulnerable refugees.

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5 years since the murder of Killah P – An invitation for European antifascist action in Greece

On Tuesday the 18th of September, it will be the 5 year anniversary of the murder of Pavlos “ Killah P” Fyssas, a greek rapper, who was killed in his neighborhood, Keratsini, by the neo nazis, members of Golden Dawn.

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#Hambacher Forest: UPIII 9 months Sentence at Peak of Climate Crisis

Nine months without parole for UPIII arrested in the Hambach Forest four months ago, nine months sentence for another climate activist resisting fossil fuels as the fire storms break out across the world displacing hundreds of thousands and killing hundreds, nine months of injustice as now a global heatwave kills thousands more, breaking one all-time temperature record after another.

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Gaston Leval: The Achievements of the Spanish Revolution

This year’s anniversary of the Spanish Revolution and civil war sees the republication by PM Press of Gaston Leval’s eyewitness account, Collectives in the Spanish Revolutionwith a new introduction by Pedro García-Guirao and a preface by Stuart Christie. I included excerpts from Leval’s book in the chapter on the Spanish Revolution in Volume One of Anarchism: A Documentary History of Libertarian IdeasHere I reproduce some of Leval’s reflections on the achievements of the Spanish Revolution, taken from the concluding chapter of his book.

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Gilles Dauvé: A contribution to the critique of political autonomy

In a text written for a “Vår Makt” seminar – held in Malmö, Sweden on 1-2 November 2008 – Dauve surveys the various theories of democracy and their limits.

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August 5 #Portland: Abolish ICE PDX!

The occupation of SW Macadam that initiated OccupyICEPDX was an organic human response to the abhorrent and inhumane treatment of innocent people seeking refuge and asylum in the United States. It was the foundation upon which a new arm of the movement would build, bringing ideas and principles long held to the forefront.

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Amsterdam: Council of State wants the #ADM squat gone within five months

Amsterdam: On 25 July 2018, in higher appeal, the Council of State has announced ADM to be empty within 5 months, by 25 December 2018.

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South Africa: Left unity, left cooperation or a working class front?

A call for socialist Left unity is heard widely today in South Africa, but is usually taken as a call for unity of praxis (unity in theoretical programme and action). This is sometimes framed as transcending old divides (these seen as outdated, divisive or dismissed as dogmatic), and sometimes as unity in order to have action (rhetorically set up as the opposite of “arm chair” theory). 

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