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Tiqqun:”The Little Game of the Man of the Old Regime”

“First and foremost what we abhor on the whole is not just the image of some ultimate substance, some indivisible density; it is also and above all (at least for me) bad form.” Roland Barthes, Digressions 1. INITIATION Little subversions make for big conformities. 2. PROVISIONAL DEFINITION The man of the Old Regime is the figure of bourgeois subjectivity at the moment of its liquidation and hollowing out by cybernetic…

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The talk of Giorgio Agamben in Athens: “From the State of Control to a Praxis of Destituent Power”

This is the transcript of a public lecture by Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben delivered to a packed auditorium in Athens on November 16, 2013 and recently published by Chronos e-magazine. A reflection on the destiny of democracy today here in Athens is in some way disturbing, because it obliges us to think the end of democracy in the very place where it was born. As a matter of fact, the…

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“Mind the Dash” a critical analysis of Theory of Bloom & Theory of the Young-Girl

The somewhat recent (2012) translation of Tiqqun’s Preliminary Materials for a Theory of the Young-Girl published by Semiotext(e) seems to be stimulating more conversation than the previous, less achieved, version. (Or at least the discussion is more above-ground and visible, likely due to Ariana Reines’ new translation as well as the wider sweep of Semiotext(e)’s distribution.) At the same time, it feels as though the conversation has barely begun—at least…

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WHAT ARE YOU DOING AFTER THE ORGY? or Does the consumer really behave (well)? by Ahmet Suerdem

“In the middle of the revelries, a man whispers into the woman’s ear: What are you doing after the orgy?” (Baudrillard 1990) In his “Cool Memories” on America, the French writer Jean Baudrillard discusses through his anectodes some of the problems that contemporary societies of mass consumption are facing: In an endless schema of frustration/gratification, is human desire kidnapped and turned into a hostage without exchange? Aren’t we sacrificing something…

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“The Rioter and the Witch” by Olivier Marboeuf

(…) For weeks, the riots filled our screens with their void. What did we see? Fires in the night, enigmatic, faceless youths who disappeared seamlessly into darkness or behind smoke-screens, according to vanishing recipes we know nothing about. Something that refuses to be grasped but traps us in a fascinating anxiety. A possession. Like every magic ritual, a riot is a fleeting moment of perception of the invisible. It corresponds…

Global movement/Theory

“After the Crest, part I.: What to Do while the Dust Is Settling” by Crimethinc

  At the high point, it seems like it will go on forever. You feel invincible, unstoppable. Then the crash comes: court cases, disintegration, depression. Once you go through this several times, the rhythm becomes familiar. It becomes possible to recognize these upheavals as the heartbeat of something greater than any single movement. Over the past six years, cities around the world have seen peaks of struggle: Athens, London, Barcelona,…

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“Life as Totality” by Vagabond Theorist

Perhaps one of the greatest difficulties anarchists face on a day to day level is that of finding reliable comrades with whom to carry out ongoing projects of revolt that are integral to their lives – projects that go beyond the customary formulas that can be found everywhere (Food Not Bombs, Critical Mass, collective businesses…). These formulaic projects develop easily because they require little thought. For the same reason (no…

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When insurrections die – Gilles Dauvé

            Gilles Dauvé’s pamphlet on the on the failures of the Russian, Spanish and German Revolutions, and the rise of fascism in Europe it becomes more and more important in our times where he fascists movements reappear all over Europe and the masses seems unable to overcome the smae old mistakes of the past.Brest-Litovsk, 1917 and 1939“If the Russian Revolution becomes the signal for a…

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“The Anarchist Revelation: Being What We’re Meant to Be” by Paul Cudenec

  An important new book on anarchist thought is now available from Winter Oak Press. The Anarchist Revelation:  Being What We’re Meant to Be  is the latest work by activist and writer Paul Cudenec. Here, he turns his back on contemporary trends of anarchism in a bid to reconnect with the primal force of its root ideology. Cudenec notes the significance of its refusal of the state and its judicial…

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“Contemporary Nihilism” an essay On Innocence Organised / by ADILKNO, the foundation for the Advancement of Illegal Knowledge

With the emergence of a privileged mediocrity, the innocent life became accessible to the masses. No longer was joe average part of a class striving to historical ends, e.g. revolution or fascism; enter a cold era, now devoid of passion. While outside, storms raged and change rapidly followed change, one’s own life was left to grind to a halt. Time, regardless of history, fashion, politics, sex and the media, was…

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“The Walls of the City” by C.G. from Diavolo in Corpo, a magazine of anarchist social critique from Italy

Prison is only apparently the exception to the rule: crime given vent to or innocence punished is in fact the totality of society where everyone punishes each other for the offense of being there and where anyone who thinks is pierced by this question at least once a day: “Why have they put me here? What have I done?” and the terribly obsessive desire for escape is just like that…

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“Discussion paper for a new Breakout into the Frosts of Freedom” by Reformgroup

        breakout print – PDF breakout read – PDF   This text was written as a discussion text for the Autonomous Congress in Hamburg in October 2009, the first in 15 years. ..[http://autonomerkongress.blogsport.de]  The time to always assure ourselves of our own certainties has to come to an end   To some our words might sound harsh. This happens easily if it´s the people you love that are…

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Social violence and anti-social violence: Emma Goldman

“To analyze the psychology of political violence is not only extremely difficult, but also very dangerous. If such acts are treated with understanding, one is immediately accused of eulogizing them. If, on the other hand, human sympathy is expressed with the Attentäter, one risks being considered a possible accomplice. Yet it is only intelligence and sympathy that can bring us closer to the source of human suffering, and teach us…

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“An Anarchy of Every day Life” by Jeff Shantz from Philosophers for Change

Contemporary anarchism offers a mid-range movement organized somewhere between the levels of everyday life, to which it is closest, and insurrection. Rooted in the former they seek to move towards the latter.  Anarchists look to the aspects of people’s daily lives that both suggest life without rule by external authorities and which might provide a foundation for anarchist social relations more broadly.  This commitment forms a strong and persistent current…

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Debord, “Theses on Cultural Revolution,” Internationale Situationniste #1

1 The traditional goal of aesthetics is to produce, by means of art, impressions of certain past elements of life in circumstances where those elements are lacking or absent, in such a way that those elements escape the disorder of appearances subject to the ravages of time. The degree of aesthetic success is thus measured by a beauty that is inseparable from duration, and that even goes so far as…

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“Between Pridicates, War: Theses on Contemporary Struggle” by The Institute For Experimental Freedom

“To great writers, finished works weigh lighter than those fragments on which they labor their entire lives” W. Benjamin   –> The Institute for Experimental Freedom is proud to announce the release of Between Predicates, War: Theses on Contemporary Struggle. Almost two years in the making, Between Predicates, War is a fragmented collection of theses on our tumultuous situation. From Egypt to the US, Greece to the UK, contemporary struggle announces a revolt…

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“Michel Foucault: Free Lectures on Truth, Discourse & The Self” from Open Culture

Michel Foucault (1926-1984) was an enormously influential French philosopher who wrote, among other things, historical analyses of psychiatry, medicine, the prison system, and the function of sexuality in social organizations. He spent some time during the last years of his life at UC Berkeley, delivering several lectures in English. And happily they were recorded for posterity: Four Lectures on Truth and Subjectivity (1980) Six Lectures on Discourse and Truth (1983)…

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«Mήπως είσαι αναρχικός;» Η απάντηση μπορεί να σε εκπλήξει- David Graeber

Πιθανώς να έχεις ήδη ακούσει ένα-δυο πράγματα για τους αναρχικούς και τι υποτίθεται ότι πιστεύουν. Το πιθανότερο είναι πως ότι έχεις ακούσει είναι ανοησίες. Πολλοί άνθρωποι πιστεύουν ότι οι αναρχικοί είναι υποστηρικτές της βίας, του χάους και της καταστροφής ή πως είναι τρελαμένοι μηδενιστές που απλά θέλουν να τινάξουν τα πάντα στον αέρα. Στη πραγματικότητα τίποτα δεν απέχει περισσότερο από την αλήθεια. Οι αναρχικοί είναι απλά άνθρωποι που πιστεύουν ότι…

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8 Reasons Young Americans Don’t Fight Back: How the US Crushed Youth Resistance

Traditionally, young people have energized democratic movements. So it is a major coup for the ruling elite to have created societal institutions that have subdued young Americans and broken their spirit of resistance to domination. Young Americans—even more so than older Americans—appear to have acquiesced to the idea that the corporatocracy can completely screw them and that they are helpless to do anything about it. A 2010 Gallup poll asked…

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“Rape Happens”: The ‘normalcy’ of violence—sexual violence being the most perverted—is India’s lot. One girl’s nightmare focuses the light.

“Didi has always made us proud. Aisa kabhi nahin hua ki hamein unki wajah se kuchh sunna pada. Woh hamare parivar ka garv hai (We never had to hear anything on account of her. She is our family’s pride),” say the two brothers (18 and 20 years old respectively) of the girl whose rape and brutalisation a fortnight ago has stirred the whole nation. They were seated outside her ICU…

Events/Theory/Void Network News

“Koυλτούρα / Αντικουλτούρα / Υποκουλτούρα” (προδημοσίευση από την μπροσούρα: Aντίσταση! Στρατηγική της Σύγχρονης Αντικαθεστωτικής Κουλτούρας)” // Resistance! Strategy of ContemporaryCounter-Culture / a Greek translation on a Crimethinc text by Void Network

Κουλτούρες σε Αντίσταση Υποκουλτούρες Αντίστασης This text is a Greek translation of the chapter “Culture and Subculture” from the last part of the Crimethinc Ex.Workers collective book WORK  (Capitalism.Economics.Resistance)  The complete translation of all the last chapter of the book will be published in April 2013 in Athens by Void Network and Voidness publications titled “Resistance / Strategies of Contemporary Counter Culture) and will be distributed as a free pamphlet…

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“Wrong to work! Two perspectives on the abolition of work” by Joseph Kay

ALL MUST WORK! declares the cabinet of millionaires. ‘Workers not shirkers!’, they implore. ‘Strivers not skivers!’ The divide-and-rule rhetoric trying to pit those in work against those without is as relentless as it is transparent. But what’s so good about work anyway? Junge Linke’s short piece nicely skewers how attempts to mobilise resentment of claimants and the unemployed undermine even those in work who aren’t claiming benefits. What I’d like to focus…

Theory/Void Network News

Void Network presents “THE CONDITION OF CRISIS AND THE SYMPTOMS OF SOCIAL CHANGE: FIVE FLIGHTS OF THOUGHT ON THE POST OF THE GREEK POST-POLITY ERA by Leandros Kyriakopoulos

                  Abstract: It is widely known that Greece faces one of the most precarious and transformative periods of its modern history. Greek society has come to learn, in a baleful manner, that crisis is the sequence of its former political inefficiencies and a slump that must be overcome. The pressure of this awareness leads people to deface previously established social convictions about…

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“Anarchism” from Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature, by John Clark

        The anarchist tradition has been sharply divided in its relationship to religion, spirituality and nature. On the one hand, the mainstream of Western anarchism has in general been atheist, anti-religious and anti-clerical, and has looked upon religion as a supernaturalist negation of the natural world. On the other hand, there is a long history of anarchistic thought and practice having strong spiritual or religious dimensions, and…

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“Modernity and Biospheric Meltdown: Rethinking Exits, Austerities and Biopolitics by Gene Ray

  In setting out the agenda for this conference, Yannis Stavrakakis calls for a critical and postcolonial reflection on the Greek crisis. He asks us to think about the current politics of debt and austerity within the historical force-fields of “Heterodox Modernity”: “A global crisis provides the opportunity for the enforcement of one more project of ‘modernizing’ Greek culture under circumstances of a quasi-state of emergency.” The terms constellated in…

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“The Privatisation of Stress”, by Mark Fisher from Soundings magazine

                      Ivor Southwood tells the story of how, at a time when he was living in a condition of underemployment – relying on short-term contracts given to him at the last minute by employment agencies – he one morning made the mistake of going to the supermarket.1 When he returned home he found that an agency had left him a…

Events/Theory/Void Network News

THE SOCIAL HORIZON OF POST-ANARCHISM a conversation of Saul Newman with Tasos Sagris-Void Network // Ο ΚΟΙΝΩΝΙΚΟΣ ΟΡΙΖΟΝΤΑΣ ΤΟΥ ΜΕΤΑ-ΑΝΑΡΧΙΣΜΟΥ- μια συνομιλία του Saul Newman με τον Τάσο Σαγρή /Κενό Δίκτυο

               Some days after the international conference “Post- Anarchism and the Insurrections” organized by antiauthoritarian magazine Babylonia and the theoretical platform Post Anarchist Forum in Nosotros Free Social Space (Exarchia, Athens Greece) the writer Tasos Sagris meets Saul Newman, one of the most influential writers and academics from the Post Anarchist theoretical current   THE SOCIAL HORIZON OF POST ANARCHISM ( a conversation of  Tasos…

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The Minimum Definition of Intelligence (Theses on the Construction of One’s Own Self-theory) by For Ourselves

      This booklet is for people who are dissatisfied with their lives. If you are happy with your present existence, we have no argument with you. However, if you are tired of waiting for your life to change… Tired of waiting for authentic community, love and adventure… Tired of waiting for the end of money and forced work… Tired of looking for new pastimes to pass the time……

Theory/Void Network News

ΑΠΕΡΓΙΑ ΕΠ’ΑΟΡΙΣΤΟΝ / “Ιnfinite Strike” Greek translation

Το Κενό Δίκτυο [ http://voidnetwork.blogspot.com ] , σε συνεργασία με την κολεκτίβα “The Institute for Experimental Freedom” από τις Η.Π.Α. και τους Γάλλους συγγραφείς αυτής της μπροσούρας παρουσιάζουν την μετάφραση και την έκδοση στα Ελληνικά του κειμένου: “La Grève Infinie” (“Απεργία Επ’Αόριστον”).                                            Το κείμενο αυτό γράφτηκε στις 27 Οκτωβρίου 2010 εν μέσω γεγονότων απεργιών και αποκλεισμών στην Γαλλία. Μοιράστηκε σε όλη την Γαλλία και είναι διαθέσιμο στα Γαλλικά :…

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THE TWILIGHT OF VANGUARDISM by David Graeber

THE TWILIGHT OF VANGUARDISM by David Graeber (from NYC indymedia, www.nyc.indymedia.org) 2003 Revolutionary thinkers have been saying that the age of vanguardism is over for most of a century now. Outside of a handful of tiny sectarian groups, it’s almost impossible to find a radical intellectuals seriously believe that their role should be to determine the correct historical analysis of the world situation, so as to lead the masses along…

Global movement/Theory

Eros Effect: People Power and The People’s Uprisisngs / an introductive video and an essay by George Katsiaficas

Eros Effect: People Power and People’s Uprisings an introductive video by George Katsiaficas* From 1968 to the East Asian Uprisings of the 1980s and 1990s (Gwangju, South Korea in particular) a new type of popular uprising has appeared. Often dubbed “people power” these protests reveal how thousands of ordinary people, acting together in the streets, exhibit an intelligence far greater than elites which today rule over nation-states and international economic…

Theory/Void Network News

VOID THEORY>> Notes about Corpses by Tasos Sagris (a dialogue with Vinqo Denken)

vinqo denken from http://destroyathens.blogspot.com/ wrote: To be done with the judgement of DOG Part one SCRATCH N SNIFF The history of performance/performance art and all other possible mutations of this word (structure) are actually non-existent as far as the reality/history of our own KULTUR is concerned. And this is because there is no history that has had it’s own autonomous development. There have been no diversions. There have been no…

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Void Network- An interview with anarchist writer Peter Geldeloos from U.S.A

Peter Gelderloos is at the right side and left is the Void Network translator during the event “Anarchy in the USA”- March 2007 Peter Gelderloos is an influential young American anarchist writer. He traveled during 2007 for six months in all Europe and he made many efforts (through publications of pamphlets, lectures and organizing) to help the antifascist and anti-homophobic movement in Eastern Europe and Balkans. His ability to build…

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