Join us for a wide-ranging discussion as we get into Endnotes’s epic history of the worker’s movement, from its roots in the 19th century and the proletarianization of the peasantry, to the “communizing turn.” We are discussing the preface and the first part of the essay.
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Endnotes are back on their journalistic kick, tracing the history and contours of the Ferguson uprising circa 2014. Connecting it to its immediate history of police killings and the social movement that mobilized around them, to the more distant history of the civil rights movement, as well as the material history of the construction of cities like Baltimore and St. Louis. The key theoretical concepts that we focus in on are the “composition problem,” as well as the theory of “surplus populations.”
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.