The Friends of the Classless Society intake to Endnotes 5 is a straight-up piece of social fiction, discussing in great detail how a communist utopia would function. It is quite satisfying on an immediate level to read such a detailed piece of utopian social imagining, and our discussion in this episode ranges quite widely.
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How does the revolutionary insert themselves into the capitalist totality? What kind of totality is capitalism, anyway? It has a definite beginning, but is it possible that it is logically determined to stretch into infinity? How do we extricate ourselves from this totality? As a totality based on a particular mode of production, capitalism can be located in its physical residue—infrastructure in the form of technology and architecture. Is technology neutral in the class struggle? We enter into all of this and more via a discussion on contemporary COVID politics and some reflections on the past summer, and what might come of the second summer of the Pandemic Age.
We read and discuss the first proper essay in the fifth volume of the Endnotes journal, “The Passions and the Interests.” This essay, “We Unhappy Few,” breaks the fourth wall and reflects on the experience of the Endnotes as a collective. The major innovation in terms of theory is the introduction of Wilfred Bion’s theories of group psychology, which bring in a whole new theoretical palette to the journal’s theorization so far. The essay is long and, surprisingly, quite optimistic.
Read the essay here: https://endnotes.org.uk/file_hosting/EN5_We_Unhappy_Few.pdf
In this episode, we are reading and discussing two essays from the Berlin communiser group Friends of the Classless Society. We spend a fair amount of time recounting a history of 20th century revolution that we are all familiar with at this point; we also discuss Adorno and his idea of a “classless class society,” as well as some of his ideas on culture.
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On Communisation and Its Theorists: https://endnotes.org.uk/other_texts/en/friends-of-the-classless-society-on-communisation-and-its-theorists
28 Theses on Class Society: https://kosmoprolet.org/en/28-theses-class-society
Breaking from the format of the show for a bit, in this episode we are not discussing a primary text, but rather reflecting on the past year of pandemic life, what possibilities remain open to us, and how it relates to this project in particular.