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The #GiletsJaunes: A question of time

A reflection on the re-appropriation of time as the revolution within the yellow vests insurrection. Words from a yellow vests newspaper and images and words of a movement, now in its “Act XVI”.

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#GiletsJaunes: The war of images

The yellow vests insurrection challenges not only political and economic representation, but the representation of words and images, words and images appropriated for commodity production and circulation, words and images central to spectacle capitalism.

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#GiletsJaunes: Creative violence against State brutality

French territory: Fear! How long has it been since the ruling classes (of a “developed” country) have feared their poor? The forced gymnastics of the french government’s “great national debate”, supported and secured by a militarised police apparatus whose only red line or limit at this point is not to kill the yellow vests (1000’s have been arrested, hundreds prevented from demonstrating in Paris and other cities, hundreds have been injured and mutilated by weapons for “maintaining the peace”),** the unconscious consensus between the media, journalists, politicians of almost all parties, all testify to a fear before an unknown energy that seems uncontrollable.

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#GiletsJaunes: Fractures and lines of escape

Saturday, January 19, Act 10: The blocking of motorways weakens, occupations of roundabouts are increasingly cleared away by force (unless negotiated with local authorities), the marches in different cities appear more ordered, confined by marshals, Macron’s promises and his “great national debate” seem to sway some, there is talk of “yellow vest” candidates for the upcoming european parliamentary elections, “leaders” endeavour to stand out, the neo-fascists (“official” and “unofficial”) continue to circulate around the movements, the arrested and the wounded multiply, divisions and retreats announce themselves, the week following, an anti-yellow vest demonstration in Paris. Saturday, January 26, Act 11 … the weekly protests continue.  

And if the insurrection is to continue, it must fracture, divide and separate, create new autonomies both in the fissures of society and the Movement. 

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Elements for a cartography of belonging to a group

An essay ostensibly concerned with theatre becomes the occasion for a Spinozan and Deluzian inspired reflection on human community beyond the opposing, formal conceptions of community as an accidental aggregate of individuals or as a fusional collectivity bound by a common identity.

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The #GiletsJaunes: A rebellion against the totalitarians

In response to french president Macron’s invitation for a “great national debate” on the troubles that afflict the country, responses from among the anonymous many who have donned yellow vests …

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The #GiletsJaunes: Giving colour to suffering

Writing within the marxist critique of value tradition (e.g., the Krisis group), Benoit Bohy-Bunel offers a theoretically rich reading of the yellow vests movement. Without completely sharing the views of the author, the essay remains important.

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The #GiletsJaunes: Towards a permanent insurrection

We are approaching a critical moment. We are approaching a historic moment. We are approaching a tipping point of history. We are nearing the end. For several months, we have been fighting on the ground, together, to block the suicidal attempts of those from above. Our lives, those of our children, and our grandchildren, hang by a thread.

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The movement of #YellowVests seems to confirm a break of the historical thread of class struggles

A yellow costume that creates community.

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