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Spain’s 15M: The passion of rebellion

We are all dead, and we spoiled the world before we died. There is nothing left. Nothing but dreams.  Ursula K. Le Guin, The Lathe of Heaven Spain’s 15M was a dream, it was the feeling that the world could be changed, it was the spaces and the times of assemblies, in which new worlds were create…

The 10th anniversary of 15M

What is the strength of the weak? … the strength of the weak passes through the activation of bodies and the interweaving of ties, through the autonomous choice about times and spaces, for the value of equality and plurality. It is from here that the weak have always been capable of challenging th…

Red Shadows

In the early hours of the 28th of April, French police descended upon the residences of 10 exiled Italian political militants of the 1970s. Seven were immediately arrested, an eighth would later turn himself in, and the whereabouts of two others remain unknown. All were exiled in France and protecte…

Giorgio Agamben: On the government of the faceless and the deathless

The Face and Death [Il volto e la morte – text published in the “Neue Zürcher Zeitung“, April 30th, 2021 and in Quodlibet] It seems that in the new planetary order that is gaining form two things, apparently unrelated to each other, are destined to be completely removed: the face and death. W…

John Holloway: We have no answers; we have questions. Urgent ones

From Roarmag (01/05/2021) … We do not know how to stop the planetary destruction caused by capital — but by asking the right questions we can find our way forward together. We live in a failed system. It is becoming clearer every day that the present organization of society is a disaster, that c…

Amedeo Bertolo: The Utopian Function in the Anarchist Imaginary

Painting by Jacek Yerka Utopia lies at the horizon. When I draw nearer by two steps, it retreats two steps. If I proceed ten steps forward, it swiftly slips ten steps ahead. No matter how far I go, I can never reach it. What, then, is the purpose of utopia? It is to cause us to advance. Fernando Bir…

Remembering the IWW

For this May Day, we turn to a page of working class and anarcho-syndicalist history, that of the Industrial Workers of the World Union; not however as a dead past, but as a permanent possibility for thinking revolt and revolution in the present. The Wobblies (1979), by Stewart Bird and Deborah Shaf…

Raoul Vaneigem: Revolutionary Theses

The new world takes shape in the wonderment that children teach to those who rediscover their own childhoods. It is up to us to learn to be reborn in the rebirth of the world. Raoul Vaneigem In a recent text that can almost be read as a manifesto, we share a short reflection by Raoul Vaniegem on our…

Amedeo Bertolo: The subversive weed

In the 1970s, Amedeo Bertolo engaged with newly emergent political concepts and movements which seemed both to recuperate older anarchist thought and practice, as well as to leave anarchism behind. For Bertolo, the concern was not to dismiss the new in the name of an older purity, but to confront th…

The Paris Commune: Franco “Bifo” Berardi

A second interview from the Planetary Commune project, an interview with “Bifo” on the Paris Commune of 1871 and its present resonances. Niccolò Cuppini: We would like to take advantage of the 150the anniversary of the Paris Commune to open a reflection on the Commune without any celebratory or…

The Paris Commune: Antonio Negri

An interview with Antonio Negri by Niccolò Cuppini, as part of the Planetary Commune project. (The interview is also available in spanish and french). However much we may hesitate before Negri’s Marxism – his almost exclusive attention to Marxist theorisations of the Paris Commune, his use of t…

Lautréamont: Poetic-political resonances

Jusqu’à nos temps, la poésie fit une route fausse; s’élevant jusqu’au ciel ou rampant jusqu’à terre, elle a méconnu les principes de son existence, et a été, non sans raison, constamment bafouée par les honnêtes gens. Elle n’a pas été modeste … qualité la plus belle qui doive…

Capitalism is the pandemic: María Galindo

María Galindo shared this text with the media collective Lavaca (13/02/2021) and the magazine MU (both attached to the Universidad de Lavaca, argentina) , a text without prophetic ambitions, but which rather tries to think about the post-pandemic from a position of uncertainty. The result is a di…

The Paris Commune: The Animated Engravings of a Revolution

In an extraordinary cinematographic labour, Raphaël Meyssan adapted the three volumes of his eponymous graphic novel, for which he had collected hundreds of engravings in newspapers and books of the time. From this patient quest for archives – eight years of research – the graphic artist and di…

The Paris Commune: Walt Whitman

To a Foil’d European Revolutionaire Courage yet, my brother or my sister! Keep on—Liberty is to be subserv’d whatever occurs; That is nothing that is quell’d by one or two failures, or any number of failures, Or by the indifference or ingratitude of the people, or by any unfaithfulness, Or t…

Syria: Remembering a revolution

We are no less than the Paris commune workers: they resisted for 70 days and we are still going on for a year and a half. Omar Aziz, 2012 The “Arab Spring” as revolution risks falling into oblivion, reduced to State centred and geo-political interpretations of civil and proxy wars. If the latter…

The Paris Commune: William Morris

The revolution itself will raise those for whom the revolution must be made. From William Morris … Why We Celebrate the Commune of Paris (Source: “Why We Celebrate the Commune of Paris Commonweal, Vol 3, No. 62, 19 March 1887, p. 89-90; Transcribed: by Ted Crawford.) The ‘moons and the day…

For Nawal El Saadawi (1931-2021)

Writing: such has been my crime ever since I was a small child. To this day writing remains my crime. Now, although I am out of prison, I continue to live inside a prison of another sort, one without steel bars. For the technology of oppression and might without justice has become more advanced, and…

The Paris Commune: In film

The Paris Commune of 1871 will have a life well beyond the historical events that mark the moment, politically, but also in various forms of artistic-political expression. The examples are many (music, poetry, literature, and so on), but in this post, we wish only to share Peter Watkins’ brilliant…

The Paris Commune: Louise Michel

Anarchy is not a new idea; writers long before Saint-Just believed that a person who makes himself a leader commits a crime. Louise Michel It is not possible to read Louise Michel’s memoires without being swept away by the passion with which she wrote them. The year’s that separate her words, th…

The Paris Commune: Mikhail Bakunin

I am a supporter of the Paris Commune, which for all the bloodletting it suffered at the hands of monarchical and clerical reaction, has nonetheless grown more enduring and more powerful in the hearts and minds of Europe’s proletariat. I am its supporter, above all, because it was a bold, clearly…

The Paris Commune: Karl Marx

The work of Karl Marx on the Paris Commune of 1871 remains central for the understanding of the Commune as a “revolution”. We share below a text known as The Third Address of May 30th, 1871, part of a collection of addresses to the General Council of the International, published under the title…

The Paris Commune: Peter Kropotkin

The revolution of 1871 was above all a popular one. It was made by the people themselves, it sprang spontaneously from the midst of the mass, and it was among the great masses of the people that it found its defenders, its heroes, its martyrs. It is just because it was so thoroughly “low” that t…

The Paris Commune: Errico Malatesta

Writing of the Paris Commune in 1900, Errico Malatesta sought to disarm the myth of the Commune as a revolution – it was neither a socialist nor an anarchist revolution – and bring to the fore what in fact it was, a largely spontaneous, patriotic movement opposed to government concessions to the…

The Paris Commune: Voltairine de Cleyre

The Paris Commune of 1871 was not a revolution of the many against the tyranny of state and capital, but an uprising of a minority that confusedly took control of Paris, then left the foundations of power in place, only to be crushed by it. For Voltairine de Cleyre, if there is a lesson to be taken…


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