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Destituent power as living communism

“To destitute is not primarily to attack the institution, but to attack the need we have of it.” This statement, from the Invisible Committee’s text Now (2016), is at the heart of an essay by Spencer Beswick that we share below.

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The Invisible Committee: Communiqué N°0

The political and moral significance of thinking comes out only in those rare moments in history when “Things fall apart; the center cannot hold / Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,” when “The best lack all conviction, while the worst / Are full of passionate intensity.” At these moments, thinking ceases to be a marginal affair in political matters. When everybody is swept away unthinkingly by what everybody else does and believes in, those who think are drawn out of hiding because their refusal to join is conspicuous and thereby becomes a kind of action.

Hannah Arendt, “Thinking and Moral Considerations”
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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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#GiletsJaunes #ActXVIII : Ultimatum

Here is a translation of a new article from Lundi matin, a website close to the Invisible Committee, famed authors of  The Coming Insurrection. After four months of full-on revolt in France, the promised insurrection seems closer than ever to fruition…

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“Paris is not an actor, but a battlefield”: Interview with Eric Hazan

Eric Hazan interviewed about the Gilets Jaunes protests. We want to stress that we disagree with Eric Hazan’s view, saying about the far right: “Because even if the enemies of my enemies are not really friends, they are so at least a little bit.” We also disagree with his view of the police. In our view the police is a problem as an institution. Not just a few units like the BAC. Still its an interesting interview, with one more view about the events on the French territory. We are glad that antifascists on the French territory also don’t share that view and kick the fascists out of the Gilets Jaunes demonstrations again and again.

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#France on the brink: “Either we topple the system or it will crush us!” Translated statement from French radicals

Things are rapidly hotting up in France. The Gilets Jaunes or Yellow Vests (Yellow Jackets, EIE) movement, which started as a protest of hard-up working people against spiralling petrol prices, has transformed itself into a full-on uprising against the neoliberal regime of President Emmanuel Macron.

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The #Tarnac Verdicts: Unraveling the logic of anti-terrorism

After Ten Years, the “Tarnac Affair” Concludes in France. In 2008, the state of France accused the Tarnac Ten of terrorism, charging that they had formed “a group of the ultraleft, of the autonomous type, maintaining links with international extremist movements.” 1 After a decade-long ordeal, the remaining defendants received their final verdict on April 12, 2018.

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The Invisible Commitee: Now – Full Book

Now is the phantom chapter to the Invisible Committee‘s previous book, To Our Friends: a new critique from the anonymous collective that establishes their opposition to the world of capital and its law of labor, addresses current anti-terrorist rhetoric and the ferocious repression that comes with it, and clarifies the end of social democracy and the growing rumors of the need for a coming “civil war.” Now emerges at a time when the Invisible Committee’s contestation has found echoes throughout the West, with a collapse of trust in the police, an inept weariness on the part of the political system, a growing urgency for opposition, a return of the theme of the Commune, a vanishing distinction between radicals and citizens, and a widespread refusal on the part of the citizen to be governed. As farcical political elections continue to unfold worldwide like a line of tumbling dominoes, and governments increasingly struggle to reclaim a legitimacy that has already slipped out of their grasp, Now clarifies the Invisible Committee’s attitude toward all such elections and their outcome: one of utter indifference. Now proposes a “destituent process” that charts out a different path to be taken, a path of outright refusal that simply ignores elections altogether. It is a path that calls for taking over the world and not taking power, for exploring new forms of life and not a new constitution, and for desertion and silence as alternatives to proclamations and crashes. It is also a call for an unprecedented communism—a communism stronger than nation and country.

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An Apology for Communism: The Invisible Committee’s Now

What follows is a fourth and final exercise in the sharing of ideas, of visions (for the first, click here, the second, here and the third here).  The most recent essay by the invisible committee, Now, continues a reflection-intervention that began with The Coming Insurrection and To Our Friends, and offers a powerful critique of contemporary politics, along with a defense of “autonomy”. What is proposed here then is again a partial translation, summary and critical commentary on their reading of communism.

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