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BONUS EPISODE: Theses on the Council Concept

This essay from the New Institute for Social Research explores the concept of the council, originating out of the “council communist” tendency, which is closely related to communisation. A lot of this essay is given over to a form of “social fiction,” wherein the author tries to imagine how the council, as a relational process, would be the form of complex social organisation in a post-revolutionary future. We enter into the topic via the concept of the “mega-machine,” taken from the Deleuze and Guattari’s book “Anti-Oedipus.” And we spend some time ourselves imagining how a post-revolutionary communist utopia might appear.

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BONUS EPISODE: Crisis and Immiseration: Critical Theory Today

Before we get into volume 5 of the Endnotes journal, we are going to take some time to read a few assorted essays to round out our understanding of the communisation current. In this episode, we are reading a contribution by John Clegg and Aaron Benanav, two members of the collective, to a collection on the Frankfurt School. The essay covers familiar territory, focusing on surplus populations, capitalist crisis, and worker’s identity; but there are a few turns of phrase that articulate these familiar Endnotes talking points really well, and could potentially make the essay good reading material for people who want a deeper understanding of the matter.

Read the essay here: https://cominsitu.files.wordpress.com/2018/12/BenanavandClegg-CrisisandImmiseration-SAGEHandbook.pdf

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Episode 4.8: An Identical Abject-Subject?

Wrapping up Endnotes 4 with this follow-up and clarification to the standout essay from Endnotes 2, “Misery and Debt.” The function of this essay is to clarify that the “surplus population” should NOT be misunderstood as containing any hopeful elements of an organizational, revolutionary subject.

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Episode 4.7: Its Own Peculiar Decor

This intake to Endnotes 4 is an analysis of urbanism, from the Debordian perspective that capitalism has successfully managed to collapse space in the form of the suburb, the greenfield, the urban metropole. This essay begins with that analysis, but takes it further afield by analyzing the history of housing and urban development in the United States, how it plays into processes of racialisation as well as the eradication of the worker’s identity.

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Episode 4.6: Gather us From Among the Nations

In this episode we talk about Hegel, we discuss Endnotes’s essay on the wave of riots that swept through Eastern Europe in early 2014, and we focus in again on the “composition problem.” One of the key theoretical points made in the essay under review is that the problem of a lack of demands is identical to the “composition problem,” but that the former can be seen in a positive light–a movement’s lack of demands leaves it open to the possibility of full-on communist insurrection. We continue to puzzle over what communization might mean, and get even deeper into its logos.

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Episode 4.5: The Rise and Fall of the Worker’s Movement, 1883-1982 (pt 3)

Wrapping up our long episode on this long history on the history of the worker’s movement, as well as discussing the stonks kerfuffle in the news. We reflect on internet culture and its possibilities for a future mode of consciousness; the Endnotes corpus thus far; and a lot more!

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Episode 4.4: The Rise and Fall of the Worker’s Movement, 1883-1982 (pt 2)

Our second episode on the long essay in Endnotes 4 on the history of the worker’s movement. Join us for another discussion that runs the gamut, from discussing billionaires, neo-feudalism, the Avatar remakes, to the early decades of the worker’s movement.

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