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Undercomets: On the Structure of Antagonism and the Cosmo-Geological Field – By Frédéric Neyrat

“After the ‘fuori e contro’ (‘outside and against’) of the operaïst years, the ‘dentro e contro’ (‘inside and against’) of the struggle inside the Italian Communist Party, Mario Tronti’s compass, since Politics at Dusk, indicates a new fighting position: ‘aldilà e contro’ (‘beyond and against’).” 

This is how the journal Lundi Matin introduced their publication of a recent text by Mario Tronti, entitled “Desperate Hopes.” [1] The hypothesis I wish to test out in this article is that what is here presented as successive biographical elements relating to Tronti’s political-intellectual journey — outside and against, inside and against, beyond and against — could also be understood as the description of a structure of antagonism, perhaps even the very structure of political antagonism as such, which is distributed topologically into an underneath, a within, and an outside-of. 

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Vitrina Dystópica: ‘Legitimate Defense’

A dispatch from the Chilean collective Vitrina Dystópica on the concept of “legitimate defense,” that civilizing principle through which neoliberal capital authorizes its predatory “total war” against the specters of the October 19 revolt.

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Toward a Politics of Body-Barricades

The following text is composed of impressions, intuitions, and quotes, many taken out of context, stolen, as are the images and photographs. This constellation of fragments strives to outline a politics of body-barricades [corpo-barricadas]. [1] What interests us here is the in-between, which is at the same time union and distance, the thin black line of the hyphen, for it is this that brings corporalities and barricades into play. As a series of fragments, it is not necessary that each premise follow one another; the order is not logical, but compositional. Emphasis is placed on the uniqueness of each piece of text, the way in which it connects to the others, how it slots into them. A series of points and lines: a constellation. Like all compositional texts, its aim is not to convince, nor is it a dialogue. Rather, it is hoped that these fragments will challenge the singularity that reads it, and that the words written here become, in this way, singular.

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The Production of the Dominant Dialogy

The following is an excerpt from Grégoire Chamayou’s The Ungovernable Society. A Genealogy of Authoritarian Liberalism, appearing with Polity Press this spring. 

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Missed Insurrections – By Shemon

An unfortunate consequence of the right wing’s spectacle on January 6th is that masses of people, including radicals, will associate insurrection only with the far right. While no revolutionary can possibly believe that what took place was an insurrection, the media and the Democratic Party have made the case that it was exactly that. At this moment, so-called American citizens are called forth to defend our so-called democracy against so-called fascism. But insurrection does not exclusively belong to the right. While the Black Radical Tradition in the academy and in activist circles has separated itself from its revolutionary predecessors, the flame of insurrection cannot be extinguished for those who know where to look: the George Floyd Rebellion of 2020. And yet, while the Rebellion harbored insurrectionary potential, it failed to produce even one insurrectionary moment. If we are going to defeat racial capitalism and the racial state, we must attempt to recover insurrection and understand why the insurrectionary potential of the George Floyd Rebellion stopped short. That is, we must ask, why, in spite of all the riots, the Rebellion never made the leap to become a revolution? 

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Personal Modification is not Revolution – By Lea Melandri

Preface

Italian autonomist feminism emerged in the late 1960s and 1970s, in large part as a response to the failures of 1968 and the New Left. In critical dialogue with Operaismo, thinkers of the movement worked to problematize a Marxist orthodoxy that had neglected the role played by gendered labor in the reproduction of capitalism. By classifying domestic work as reproductive labor — itself the site of the constitution of gender, made invisible by way of the wage relation — and launching initiatives such as Wages for Housework, the Italian feminists such as Silvia Federici and Mariarosa Dalla Costa along with their international cohorts became best known for redefining materialism through a feminist lens, transforming the dynamic of workerism as a practice, and emphasizing political autonomy over aims of equality. Italian feminists interrogated difference rather than championing common ground between the sexes, setting them apart from many feminist initiatives elsewhere.

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The Invisible Committee: Beautiful Like an Impure Insurrection

The following text appeared in 2019 as the “Preface” to an anthology of the Invisible Committee’s major works published in Italy. 

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Manifesto for the abolition of the police

That the social function of the police is to maintain a certain world order, or a certain regime of domination, is an open secret. What continues to be less understood, however, is the lie upon which their existence depends, the greatest anthropological lie: that without their exercise of “legitimate” violence we would be incapable of giving each other common rules of life and would kill each other at the first opportunity. To put an end to the police is first and foremost to put an end to this infantilism. This is the aim of the following manifesto, published anonymously in France during the first phase of the George Floyd uprising in the U.S.

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The Trickster Insurrection

The following article—released simultaneously in Italian and English—argues that revolt today depends not on the substantial identities once attributed to sovereign subjects but on acts of profanation, ways of “practicing ourselves as Tricksters—border dissolvers, desecrators, parodies, masks without a nucleus.” Taking Todd Phillips’ Joker as a case study, Pelilli reads contemporary insurrection as an event that collapses the Western divide between essence and appearance. In these moments, we see the resurgence of an age-old mythological figure: the Trickster.

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