Alice Trumbull Mason, 9 Triangles (1952) Addressing the theory of political organization is an increasingly urgent task. It does not matter how one approaches the question, whether one takes it from above or from below. After the “age of extremes,” the reaction of the 1980s, the neoliberal hangover of the 1990s, the war on terror of the 2000s, the crisis of 2008,
Photo Credit: Isaac Blacksin The Graveyard of Empires. The Fall of Saigon. Historical reductionism is hardly unexpected as a naturalized status quo in Afghanistan slides, precipitously, into the new – however predictable and indeed predicted this new moment may be. No surprise either, then, that the name of George W. Bush went unmentioned on every Sunday
During Israel’s brutal eleven-day assault on Gaza – itself only an escalation of its daily devastation of Palestinian life – I turned to the writings of the Palestinian novelist and militant Ghassan Kanafani. In his short story “Letter from Gaza,” the narrator writes to his friend in California, where he has been accepted for an engineering degree.
In the early 1970s, frequent gas leaks (including highly toxic phosgene) in the newly opened Petrolchimico units intoxicated hundreds of workers in Porto Marghera. Translator’s Introduction The paper “Against Noxiousness,” signed by the Political Committee of the Porto Marghera Workers, was presented 50 years ago, on February 28, 1971, at the Veneto
In February, nineteen-year-old Úrsula Bahillo was murdered, stabbed to death, by her ex-boyfriend Matías Ezequiel Martínez, a police officer. Argentina’s feminist movement, a movement that has grown in opposition to all the forms of violence against women and feminized subjects, was quick to respond with protests around the country and making the lessons
George Grosz, In Memory of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, 1919. Fortunately, an idol of my pantheon was and remains Rosa Luxemburg, as intrepid a lover as she was a revolutionary. Amorous passion and revolution merged within her through the figure of Leo Jogiches. She also demonstrated that politics is not asceticism or shamelessness, both instruments
The COLA strike picket at the base of the UC-Santa Cruz campus in early 2020. Photo Credit: Jane Komori The working class in the United States has not been quiescent during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The field of social struggle has included strikes, walkouts, sickouts, fights against evictions, grassroots-led union drives, and a host of other labor actions
Photo credit: ACTA The following is a short dispatch from the comrades in ACTA, a political collective and partisan media project based in France. They provide an in-depth account of the impressive protests that took place across the Hexagon this weekend against the Loi Sécurité Globale [Global Security Law], a draft bill pushed by the Macron government (with
Alberto Giacometti, Homme qui marche I (1960) In any Capital course, the question of whether the labor theory of value is still valid is a much discussed issue, one that extends to the third volume, as the transformation problem (which I won’t go into at all) shows.  The point of departure for my elaboration is a podcast that is currently popular in Germany
Alberto Giacometti, Homme qui marche I (1960) In any Capital course, the question of whether the labor theory of value is still valid is a much discussed issue, one that extends to the third volume, as the transformation problem (which I won’t go into at all) shows.  The point of departure for my elaboration is a podcast that is currently popular in Germany
Alice Becker-Ho and Guy Debord, Game of War The ancient Greeks had two notions of time: kronos and kairos. The former marked the linear, progressive march of uneventful time. The latter, however, signaled the momentary quality that time can sometimes take: the tempo at which to best tell a good story, when to let the listener hang in suspense, and the instant
Alice Becker-Ho and Guy Debord, Game of War The ancient Greeks had two notions of time: kronos and kairos. The former marked the linear, progressive march of uneventful time. The latter, however, signaled the momentary quality that time can sometimes take: the tempo at which to best tell a good story, when to let the listener hang in suspense, and the instant
Sonia Delaunay, Prismes électriques, 1914 Last year, the largest socialist organization in the United States decided to throw its weight behind Bernie Sanders, with some of its leading members going so far as to argue that in the absence of mass radical movements in this country, a Sanders presidency was the necessary key to kickstarting a socialist advance.
Sonia Delaunay, Prismes électriques, 1914 Last year, the largest socialist organization in the United States decided to throw its weight behind Bernie Sanders, with some of its leading members going so far as to argue that in the absence of mass radical movements in this country, a Sanders presidency was the necessary key to kickstarting a socialist advance.
Image credit: Valery Sharifulin / TASS Following the presidential election on August 9, 2020 and the “re-election” of Aleksandr Lukashenko, a popular uprising is taking place in Belarus. The brutal reaction by the repressive apparatus has incited terror on the streets as well as a firm rebuke from the population. Street battles on the first three nights after
Image credit: Valery Sharifulin / TASS Following the presidential election on August 9, 2020 and the “re-election” of Aleksandr Lukashenko, a popular uprising is taking place in Belarus. The brutal reaction by the repressive apparatus has incited terror on the streets as well as a firm rebuke from the population. Street battles on the first three nights after
Masterplan, Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates In the 1909 short story “The Machine Stops,” EM Forster imagined a future where the atmosphere had become poisonous, leaving little life at the surface apart from a few ferns. Humans had all moved to a network of vast subterranean cities—the Machine—where they lived physically isolated from each other
Masterplan, Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates In the 1909 short story “The Machine Stops,” EM Forster imagined a future where the atmosphere had become poisonous, leaving little life at the surface apart from a few ferns. Humans had all moved to a network of vast subterranean cities—the Machine—where they lived physically isolated from each other
Now is not the time to focus on whiteness. And yet, if our movement hopes to abolish white domination, we must at least ask what whiteness means. We should be clear on its history and effects on our social existence. Neither endless introspection among white people, nor corporate handbooks on diversity, nor a purely moral recognition of white supremacy’s evils
Now is not the time to focus on whiteness. And yet, if our movement hopes to abolish white domination, we must at least ask what whiteness means. We should be clear on its history and effects on our social existence. Neither endless introspection among white people, nor corporate handbooks on diversity, nor a purely moral recognition of white supremacy’s evils
Interviewer’s Introduction Over a quiet Khartoum, whose order prevails?1 Demonstrations against Omar al-Bashir’s regime began in Sudan’s smaller cities in mid-December 2018. “The proximate cause was rising prices, though the government (if not the state) was weakened after three decades in power, the last of which was dually characterized
Interviewer’s Introduction Over a quiet Khartoum, whose order prevails?1 Demonstrations against Omar al-Bashir’s regime began in Sudan’s smaller cities in mid-December 2018. The proximate cause was rising prices, though the government (if not the state) was weak after three decades in power, the last of which was dually characterized by grueling
The Floyd rebellion is changing the world before our very eyes. What type of change and to what degree it will shift the balance of forces between rulers and ruled, haves and the have-nots remains to be seen. What is clear is that there is an active and open political contest to shape the outcome. For the moment, the right wing and the Republicans have been relatively
The Floyd rebellion is changing the world before our very eyes. What type of change and to what degree it will shift the balance of forces between rulers and ruled, haves and the have-nots remains to be seen. What is clear is that there is an active and open political contest to shape the outcome. For the moment, the right wing and the Republicans have been relatively
The front page of the Philadelphia Free Press, “an independent revolutionary newspaper,” declares two police officers “wanted by the people” for the killing of Harold Brown (May 25, 1970). When police kill unarmed Black people, you often hear pleas to lock up the cops in prison. But it rarely happens. Within the space of a couple weeks, however, after the killing
Before it was even built, Barclays Center in Brooklyn was a matter of contention: it was opposed by grassroots groups, which correctly feared that it would end up further driving the racist gentrification of an area already undergoing rapid change. These groups further denounced the $1.6 billion in public funds swallowed up by the project, and Barclays was
The 1992 rebellions of Los Angeles introduced the world to a slogan: “no justice, no peace.” It originated some years earlier, possibly during protests against the murder of Michael Griffith by a white racist mob in Howard Beach, Queens, and has been repeated since at every demonstration against police violence.  This popular slogan, however, is quite
A page from a 1945 Italian Communist Party pamphlet, with the caption: “The red guards of Fiat greet Gramsci.” (Image provided by Paul Saba) In April 1920, Italy was in crisis. The previous month at the Fiat auto factory in Turin, management had set back the clock hands of the factory for daylight saving’s time, without asking permission from the democratic workers’
Robert Delaunay, Rythme, 1934 The future looks bleak. Here in the United States, nursing homes are reborn as temples of death, city governments clear trenches for anonymous corpses, farmers destroy tens of millions of pounds of unsold food, unemployment approaches Great Depression levels, the President encourages us to ingest poison, and politicians
However much upheaval the global COVID-19 pandemic has generated, a great deal more is coming. The economic disaster is already the object of frantic analysis, much of which tells us we can expect a bottom that matches or exceeds the Great Depression of the 1930s, at least as measured by conventional economic indicators like GDP, unemployment, and bankruptcies.
Käthe Kollwitz, The Volunteers (plate 2) from War, 1921-22. Which Crisis? Each day in 2020 brings more shocking news than the last. The unprecedented surge in unemployment has already produced a mountain of unpaid debts and rents, and this is only the beginning. Businesses are shuttering at a clip, investor confidence has fallen off a cliff, and stock markets
Käthe Kollwitz, The Mothers (plate 6) from War, 1921-22. Striking for life  On Monday March 29th, General Electric factory workers staged a protest against the thousands of layoffs announced by the company’s management, demanding the reconversion of production and asking a simple question: “If GE trusts us to build, maintain, and test engines which
The coronavirus pandemic has forced us to rethink the politics of health in the broadest sense. In particular, we have had to confront again that vexed relationship between the state, the dominant social relations and public health. Concepts that may have seemed obscure and or to have fallen out of one academic fashion, such as biopolitics or “naked life”,
Tina Modotti, Untitled (“1st of May Manifestation – Labor Day – Taken from a balcony of the National Palace,” 1927) The surprising trajectory of the Bernie Sanders campaign has revived discussions of socialist politics. And renewed interest in socialist politics has brought a renewed interest in Marxist theory, specifically about the state. This isn’t
Richard Diebenkorn, Large Bright Blue, 1980. The materials below, from 1972, are accompanied by a new introduction written by Andrew Anastasi and Matteo Mandarini, also on Viewpoint. Introductory Presentation Tronti: I have chosen this subject, from among the many objects of study in this research project, not because it generally should be privileged
Mural by Brigadas Ramona Parra. “It’s not 30 pesos, it’s 30 years” At the beginning of October 2019, a $0.04 increase in the subway fare went into effect in the city of Santiago. A few days later, high school students began organizing days of direct action, calling on people to evade paying the ticket as a sign of protest against the measure imposed by the government.
Wanda Pimentel, Sem título, 1974. Introduction This is part of a conversation with Rafaela Pimental, a member of Territorio Doméstico [Domestic Territory], an autonomous group of migrant women based in Madrid who have been collectively and horizontally working together for over a decade. TD has been a crucial site for making the issue of care visible based
Marx, Feminism, Rupture With the expression “a Marxist feminism of rupture,” I refer to the fruitful and critical encounter between Marxism and radical feminism debated and developed throughout the 1970s. This discussion opened with the 1972 publication (in both Italian and English) of The Power of Women and the Subversion of the Community by Mariarosa
Raising the Banner (Geli Korzhev, 1960) Our global situation is one characterized by the increasing politicization of social movements, a flood of young people towards politics, and a sharpening awareness of the traps of political institutions within the status quo. My claim, then, will seem somewhat paradoxical. I propose that our situation should be
From the series Quijote y los Perros by Walter Solón, c. 1972–75. Regarding recent events in Bolivia, some things are simple: Was it a coup? Yes. On Sunday, November 10, the commander-in-chief of Bolivia’s armed forces, General Williams Kaliman, publically told Evo Morales, a constitutionally elected president, that he ought to resign for the good of the
Ben Shahn, TV Antennae (1953). The following interview with Ferruccio Gambino was conducted over a series of meetings in Padua in April and May 2019. It includes discussions that, apart from serving as a point of entry into Gambino’s important body of work and political trajectory, illustrate the depth of his commitment to militant inquiry. The scope of the
Edward Burtynsky, Lithium Mines #1, Salt Flats, Atacama Desert, Chile What would it mean to implement a Green New Deal? The question is not, what balance of forces would we need (as though we were playing some kind of board game). Not, what policies would we need – we already have truck-loads of plans and proposals. But what would the result of a Green New Deal be?
A protestor’s sign reads: “They don’t care for us, we care for ourselves.” In August, women in Mexico took to the streets to protest rape and feminicide. They denounced the state and the atmosphere of impunity that allows gender-based violence to continue unabated – not least of all, at the hands of police. Tobias Boos spoke to organizer Alejandra Santillana
How should we evaluate the strength and composition of the left-wing opposition in Bolsonaro’s Brazil? Not even a year into the Bolsonaro experience, it is still early to try to map the country’s varied fronts of resistance. But what follows provides at least some initial elements, touching on education, political scandal, the labor movement, feminist and
Graffiti with the movement hashtag: #SaudiWomenDemandtheOverthrowfGuardianship In July 2016, a number of Saudi women’s rights activists launched a campaign advocating for the end of the male guardianship system. This system describes a set of laws in Saudi Arabia that position women as life-long minors, with all their life choices determined by a male
Doris Salcedo, Chairs installation, 2003. “But what do they want?” was the question since the first Feminist Conference in June 2018 held in Lausanne and its call for a Women*’s / Feminist strike to be held a year later. On the 14th of June 2019, exactly 28 years after the first-ever women*’s strike in Switzerland, more than half a million women* and supportive
Part of the Bakken oil region, false color image, NASA’s Terra satellite, April 2, 2013 Climate scientists are beginning to sound like radicals. The 2018 IPCC report concluded that “unprecedented changes across all aspects of society” would be needed to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. In its devastating report on the dire state of the planet’s ecosystems,
Doris Salcedo, Untitled (1987). Editor’s Introduction: A Feminist Wave to Change Everything | Cinzia Arruzza With six million people on strike in Spain, general strikes or work stoppages called by labor organizations in Italy, Argentina, and Chile, mass demonstrations in a number of countries including Turkey and Mexico, and a significant growth of mobilizations
Doris Salcedo, La Casa Viuda III (1994). On October 7, 2018, the national assembly of Non Una Di Meno (NUDM) declared a “state of permanent agitation” leading up to March 8. This phrase has been used in order to describe the steps leading to the third global feminist strike (a chain of demonstrations against the misogynist and racist policies of the Italian right-wing