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Episode 4.1: Editorial / State of the Pod

After a month of bonus episodes, we are getting into volume 4 of the Endnotes journal, “Unity in Separation.” At the same time, we are sharing some exciting updates to the show and spend some time thinking about the future of this podcast.

The piece we are discussing is just a short editorial introducing the book and re-iterating the critical analysis of capitalism’s death-throes from the previous volume.

Read the essay here: https://endnotes.org.uk/issues/4/en/endnotes-editorial-4

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BONUS EPISODE: Mapping the European Commie-scene with Ben Noys

Professor and editor of Communization and its Discontents Benjamin Noys joins Uriah for a discussion on today’s episode of the pod. We’ve read a few essays on the pod, and for this discussion we take Endnotes’s critical appraisal of Tiqqun / The Invisible Committee as our starting point. We cover the political and cultural context in the UK at the time of the group’s splinter from the journal Aufheben; we cover the intellectual milieu in France and Italy at the same time, before getting into the precise differences between the anarchist and the Marxist tendencies of communization theory. In the end, we assess the contemporary legacy of these two different publications, and their impact on anti-capitalist struggle.

We have a lot more interviews lined up in the New Year, and we will finally have a way for fans of the show to support us on Patreon. Subscribe to the YouTube channel, where I release videos (nearly) daily: https://www.youtube.com/c/theinvertedform

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Check out Ben’s writing here: https://chi.academia.edu/BenjaminNoys

Download the reader, where you’ll find his introduction as well as Endnotes’s contribution: https://libcom.org/library/communization-its-discontents-contestation-critique-contemporary-struggles

BONUS EPISODE: The Gender Distinction in Communisation Theory

Another bonus episode before we get into volume 4 in the new year, continuing the discussion from last week, and the discussion that started from The Logic of Gender essay in Endnotes 3. This time we are reading P. Valentine’s 2012 contribution to the LIES Journal, coming out of Oakland / elsewhere. This is a critical intervention to the communisation tendency, especially the conversations happening around gender. An outsider perspective that directs its critique inward, toward the movement in a confrontational and polemical manner–much different from Endnotes’ tendency to direct its critique outward, toward easy targets like the police and the state.

Read the essay here.

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BONUS EPISODE: Communization and the Abolition of Gender

Reading another essay from the Communization and its Discontents reader, edited by Benjamin Noys. This one is by Maya Andrea Gonzalez, “revolutionary Marxist feminist” and a member of the Endnotes collective. She is also the author of the essay from vol. 3 The Logic of Gender. In this work from a few years prior, Gonzalez traces a materialist history of gender relations under capitalism, connecting them to the communizer’s theory of revolution as an im-mediated practise of abolishing social relations, the most fundamental being the gender divide. Like Endnotes and many other communization groups following in the wake of TC, a point of disunity is taken to be a principle of overcoming: in this case, it is the disunity of the gender, and the bifurcation of human activity into productive and reproductive spheres, that will provide for the abolishment of capital.

Read the essay here.

Watch on YouTube.

BONUS EPISODE: Tending the Revolutionary Garden with Jasper Bernes

In this bonus episode, Uriah sits down with Jasper Bernes to discuss his essay from vol. 3 on logistics and its follow up, focusing on questions of agriculture and technology. We discuss Marx’s concept of the metabolic rift, permaculture, planning and logistics, reparations, and more. Leave a comment, hopefully we will have more guests on the show coming up soon.

Listen on YouTube.

Read The Belly of the Revolution here.

Listen to our episode on the logistics essay here.

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BONUS EPISODE: What are we to do?

This is a first in a series of bonus episodes that we will be putting out before diving into volume 4 of the journal. We are reading the essay authored by the Endnotes collective, included in the reader “Communization and its Discontents,” edited by Benjamin Noys and published by AK Press in 2012. The text largely a critical reflection on The Invisible Committee’s book, The Coming Insurrection, which represents a distinct brand of communisation theory. As opposed to Endnotes’s communist communisation, The Invisibile Committee / Tiqqun represent an anarchist-insurrectionist tendency that has not aged nearly as well as Endnotes’s writing.

Read the essay here.

Listen on YouTube.

Episode 3.7: Spontaneity, Mediation, Rupture

Wrapping up volume 3 of Endnotes with a meditation on the relationship between the nature of anti-capitalist struggle, the role of militants in realizing that struggle, and what struggle can hope to accomplish. This essay further advances a definition of communisation, and develops the collective’s vision for the conditions of possibility of a communist revolution. It ends on a very intriguing cliffhanger, too, arguing that class consciousness is not a sufficient basis for revolution, but that capital is really the one thing we all have in common.

Read the essay here.

Listen on YouTube.