By Benjamin Noys (editor)
Will we locate possible choices to the failed radical initiatives of the twentieth-century? What are the prospective sorts of fight this present day? How can we struggle again opposed to the distress of our crisis-ridden current? "Communization" is the spectre of the fast fight to abolish capitalism and the country, which haunts Europe, Southern California, and anywhere the true abstractions of worth that form our lives are contested. Evolving at the terrain of capitalism new practices of the "human strike," independent communes, career, and rebellion have attacked the alienations of our occasions. those indicators of resistance are scattered and feature but to coalesce, and their destiny is intentionally precarious and insecure. Bringing jointly voices from inside and out of those currents Communization and Its Discontents treats Communization as an issue to be explored instead of an answer. Taking within the new theorisations of Communization proposed by means of Tiqqun and The Invisible Committee, Th???©orie Communiste, post-autonomists, and others, it bargains serious reflections at the percentages and the boundaries of those modern varieties, techniques, and strategies of fight. participants comprise: Alberto Toscano, Nicole Pepperell, Anthony Iles, Marina Vishmidt, Evan Calder Williams, Jason E Smith, Th???©orie Communiste, Endnotes, Jasper Bernes, John Cunningham, George Ciccariello-Maher, and Alexander Galloway.
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The end of the workers’ movement and the concomitant bankruptcy of self-organization and autonomy as a revolutionary perspective. Because the perspective of revolution is no longer a matter of the affirmation of the class, it can no longer be a matter of selforganization. To abolish capital is at the same time to negate oneself as a worker and not to self-organize as such: it’s a movement of the abolition of enterprises, of factories, of the product, of exchange (whatever its form). 43 Communization and its Discontents For the proletariat, to act as a class is currently, on the one hand, to have no other horizon than capital and the categories of its reproduction, and on the other, for the same reason, it is to be in contradiction with and to put into question its own reproduction as a class.
To say that the proletariat only exists as a class in and against capital, that it produces its entire being, its organization, its reality and its constitution as a class in capital and against it, is to say that it is the class of surplus-value 45 Communization and its Discontents producing labor. What has disappeared in the current cycle of struggles, following the restructuring of the 1970s and 1980s, is not this objective existence of the class, but is rather the confirmation of a proletarian identity in the reproduction of capital.
This is the content of the revolution to come that these struggles signal – in this cycle of struggles – each time that the very fact of acting as a class appears as an external constraint, a limit to overcome. Within itself, to struggle as a class has become the problem – it has become its own limit. Hence the struggle of the proletariat as a class signals and produces the revolution as its own supersession, as communization. Communization and its Discontents a) Crisis, restructuring, cycle of struggle: on the struggle of the proletariat as a class as its own limit The principal result of the capitalist production process has always been the renewal of the capitalist relation between labor and its conditions: in other words it is a process of self-presupposition.