Excellent text from Gilles Dauvé outlining the development of capitalism, and communism as the real movement in everyday life which tends towards the abolition of wage labour. Capitalism would be too happy to see us change our lives locally while it carries on globally. Because it is a central force, the State has to be demolished by central action. Because its power base is ubiquitous, it must be extinguished everywhere. Communisation will combine both dimensions… or fail.
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.
We republish “When Insurrections Die”, written by Gilles Dauvé. This is a shorter, entirely reconceived version of the preface to the selection of articles on Spain 1936-39 from the Italian Left magazine Bilan, published in French in 1979 under the pen-name Jean Barrot, and now out of print. The first English edition was published in October 1999. This edition from Endnotes #1 (2008) corrects some typographical errors, but has no substantive alterations.