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The Rise of Black Counter-Insurgency

Introduction

From May 26 to June 1, 2020, a Black led multi-racial proletarian rebellion burned down police stations, destroyed cop cars, attacked police, redistributed goods, and took revenge for the murder of countless Black and non-Black people by the police. By the first week of June, everything seemed to have changed, everyone seemed to have forgotten that any of this happened, and instead we became good protestors, we became non-violent, and we became reformists. Instead of attacking police, we endured countless marches with no point other than to continue marching. From revolutionary abolitionists, we became reformist abolitionists. What happened? 

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The Eternal Return of Revolt – A conversation with Richard Gilman-Opalsky

We (Ill Will Editions) sat down with Richard Gilman-Opalsky, author of Specters of Revolt, to talk about a “politics against politics”, the continuity of revolt, and the George Floyd rebellion.

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Theses on the #GeorgeFloyd rebellion

“The working class in every country lives its own life, makes its own experiences, seeking always to create forms and realize values which originate directly from its organic opposition to official society.”

CLR James, Grace Lee Boggs, and Cornelius Castoriadis, “Facing Reality”
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Pandemic war diaries – Fog of horror

“And then, all of a sudden, fog came up, it was the purest laundry room, but then they suddenly saw a light.

That must be the lighthouse light, so the shore was not far away. But – it was a bonfire, like this one.

The ship was hurled against the rocks, the wreck went down and with it all the men on board.

After the ship had sunk, the fog disappeared again, as suddenly as it had appeared.

And it never came back…”

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Pandemic War Diaries – #CoronaRiots

Sebastian Lotzer

“I.e., any approach that is serious about the tendency to abolish must inevitably, in its strategic orientation, aim for confrontation, for collision, even if, in its tactical nature, it may initially take different paths because its own forces are too weak, too fragmented, too unorganized.

2014 – The year when we were nowhere | Autonomous activists from Berlin
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On the Black Leadership and Other White Myths – Communiqué from the streets of New York

Ill Will received this communiqué from some black friends in New York. We have republished it exactly as received. -IWE

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Quarantine Letter #10: Irreversible

Friends, 

I began this letter weeks ago. Many letters have come out since I started, and I’ve been humbled by the thoughtfulness and intelligence with which so many comrades all over are trying to think this moment.

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There are no metropolitan revolts, only revolts against the metropolis

In August of 2019, the collective author “consejo nocturno” [nocturnal council] released a chapter of their 2018 book Un habitar más fuerte que la metrópoli on the Artilleria immanente websiteWhile we await the publication of the full work in English, ill-will-editions have taken the initiative to translate the chapter here, offering links to the books it cites in the notes below.

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“Inversion is not a strategy” – A conversation with Jacques Camatte in times of the #coronavirus

A conversation between Gerardo Muñoz and Jacques Camatte in times of the coronavirus.

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Quarantine Letter #8: Shards – Stability is seductive in a world that is falling apart

In March, my friends August and Kora spoke of a “jump-cut” when describing the interruption that COVID-19 has had on many of our lives. [1] I too felt this sense of disorientation in the first days and weeks of the pandemic, as the virus made its way first through my social media feed, before seeping into casual conversations and suddenly coming to structure our daily lives. The “inhuman velocity” of change made it impossible to grasp. Yet while the pace of events was indeed disorienting, it also seemed to present a window for previously radical ideas to take hold in ways we could have never imagined. 

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