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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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#YellowVests: From the #GiletJaunes of #Commercy: A call to generalise the assemblies

Among the polyphony of the gilets jaunes, we (Autonomies) shared a first communique from the Commercy. Today, we share a second statement, in translation, from the Commercy assembly that retains all of its political importance, pointing as it does potentially to a path beyond perpetuating the status quo with minor reforms. It is an invitation to discuss and debate, between all of the local assemblies of the movement, what kind of world they (we) wish to live in.

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Eduardo Colombo: The intransigent anarchist

Eduardo Colombo is the third of our anarchists whom we (Autonomies) have grouped under the title of writers of “May 68”, which includes Jaime Semprun, Miguel Amorós and Amedeo Bertolo. The reference to “May 68” is a political metaphor in this instance, for aside from Semprun, the other three writers were in their respective countries of origin at the time (Amorós was in spain, Bertolo in italy, and Colombo in argentina), but all four writers would be profoundly maked by the events of May and would endeavour to rethink anarchism in the wake of those events.

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For Osvaldo Bayer

… libertarian socialism is the way…or as I prefer to say, libertarian solidarism, that’s where we can find the essence of a better world, the essence of a society formed from the grass roots up, through the people’s discussion, the protagonism of the people. That is the most beautiful poem of all…Now, we have to be practical but one can think that finally, after so many problems, humanity’s going to start to think and … the only way is by the people being the protagonists within an enormous mutuality…

Osvaldo Bayer

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Miguel Amorós: The trials of critical theory

We (Autonomies) close our selection of writings by Miguel Amorós, with a reflection on critical theory, preceded by a critical introduction to Amorós own views.

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Miguel Amorós: The seductions of “History”

We (Autonomies) return to our series dedicated to the “May 68 writers” Miguel Amorós, Jaime Semprun, Eduardo Colombo, and Amedeo Bertolo, with an essay by Amorós entitled “The Golden Mediocrity”.  We preface the essay with a critical reflection on Amorós contention that revolution calls for a revolutionary subject, something in his view absent from recent social movements centred on a reactionary middle class.

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