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The Paris Commune: Toni Negri

An interview with Antonio Negri by Niccolò Cuppini, as part of the Planetary Commune project. However much we may hesitate before Negri’s Marxism – his almost exclusive attention to Marxist theorisations of the Paris Commune, his use of the singular concept of the “working class” to capture the agencies of the event, and his ascription of a “communal ontology” to contemporary capitalism -, the interview that we share below remains valuable. And we share his Spinozist metaphor of the Paris Commune as the substance from which all of the lines of the “Left” flow.

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#Autonomism: Cutting the Ground From Under #Marxism

Many points in this piece doesn’t necessarily reflect our views. But we still think it’s an interesting read – The building of a new mode of production which is based on the self-activity of all people cannot be delegated to any body – not even a working class party. It is only through the mass organs of working class life that a new society can be built. Communism cannot be brought in by decree but is the living product of a mass collective consciousness struggling towards new forms of social organisation.

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Barbarians: Disordered Insurgence by Chrissus and Odotheus

Barbarians by Chris and Odotheus is a text of some importance for anarchists and anyone else who sincerely desires the destruction of this social world of exploitation and domination. It presents a devastating critique of a book that has become one of the most significant theoretical influences on a major part so-called anti-globalisation movement, Empire by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri. Hardt and Negri claim to be post-dialectical and post-Marxist. It merely takes a slight rip of the veil to expose a historical determinism and a rigid dialectic of class struggle that reflects one of the crudest versions of Marxism.

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Assembly: A Discussion With Micheal Hardt in #Philly

On Thursday September 7th, Wooden Shoe Books and Records organises a discussion with Michael Hardt about the book Assembly. Hardt wrote the book together with Antonio Negri. Drawing on ideas developed through their well-known Empire trilogy, Hardt and Negri have produced, in ASSEMBLY, a timely proposal for how current large-scale horizontal movements can develop the capacities for political strategy and decision-making to effect lasting and democratic change.

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