Category Archives: marxism

Panto Terror reviewed (sandwich)

Screen shot 2013-11-25 at 16.10.41A brief review from Mark Perryman (Philosophy Football) on Socialist Unity where I am sandwiched between words on Arun Kundnani’s book (which I read and think is really good) and Andrew Hussey’s book (which I’ve not yet read):

“Arun Kundnani’s ‘The Muslims are Coming!’ links together the experience of Islamophobia, the framing of extremism/fundamentalism and the ongoing global impact of the west’s so-called ‘War on Terror’. Here the left is grappling with subjects it is more at ease with understanding, though the depth to which it is transformed via that process remains in question. An insight into what that transformation might look like is provided by John Hutnyk’s ‘Pantomime Terror‘ which imaginatively records how popular culture has been affected by a post 9/11 world and on occasion has offered signs of resisting the reactionary, racist, consequences of that process. The urgent necessity for this kind of engagement is established brilliantly by Andrew Hussey’s new book ‘The French Intifada’.”

I regret the reviewers have not noted the critiques of Zizek, Badiou and Buck-Morss in mine, or the importance of Spivak and Adorno to my argument, or the coda on Wagner, but still very good to have. See here. Thanks Mark.

Bad Marxism mini review on goodreads – thanks Malcolm

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Capital lectures in Spring term at Goldsmiths starting January 14

Marx Capital lecture course at Goldsmiths ✪

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Lecture course on Marx’s “Capital” at Goldsmiths: everybody is welcome

Capitalism and Cultural Studies – Prof John Hutnyk:

tuesday evenings from january 14, 2014 – 5pm-8pm Goldsmiths Room RHB 309. Free – all welcome.

No fee (unless, sorry, you are doing this for award) – and that, friends, is Willetts’ fault – though the Labour Party have a share of the blame too).

This course involves a close reading of Karl Marx’s Capital (Volume One).
90 minute lectures, 60 minutes discussion
The connections between cultural studies and critiques of capitalism are considered in an interdisciplinary context (cinema studies, anthropology, musicology, international relations, and philosophy) which reaches from Marx through to Film Studies, from ethnographic approaches to Heidegger, from anarchism and surrealism to German critical theory and poststructuralism/post-colonialism/post-early-for-christmas. Topics covered include: alienation, commodification, production, technology, education, subsumption, anti-imperialism, anti-war movement and complicity. Using a series of illustrative films (documentary and fiction) and key theoretical texts (read alongside the text of Capital), we examine contemporary capitalism as it shifts, changes, lurches through its very late 20th and early 21st century manifestations – we will look at how cultural studies copes with (or does not cope with) class struggle, anti-colonialism, new subjectivities, cultural politics, media, virtual and corporate worlds.
********** The weekly course reading guide is here: Cap and cult studs outline013 *************

The lectures/seminars begin on Tuesday 14th January 2014 between 5 and 8pm and will run for 11 weeks (with a week off in the middle) in the Richard Hoggart Building (Room 309), Goldsmiths College. You are required to bring their own copy of the Penguin, International Publishers/Progress Press of German editions of Karl Marx Capital Vol I. We are reading about 100 pages a week. (Please don’t get tricked into buying the abridged English edition/nonsense!)

Note: The Centre for Cultual Studies at Goldsmiths took a decision to make as many as possible of its lecture series open to the public without fee. Seminars, essays, library access etc remain for sale. Still, here is a chance to explore cultural studies without getting into debt. The classes are MA level, mostly in the day – though in spring the Capital course is early tuesday evening. We usually run 10 week courses. Reading required will be announced in class, but preliminary reading suggestions can also be found by following the links. RHB means main building of Goldsmiths – Richard Hoggart Building. More info on other free events from CCS here: http://hutnyk.wordpress.com/what-is-to-be-done/

Letters of Blood and Fire – Caffentzis in the UK

From PM Press

In Letters of Blood and Fire: Book Launch with George Caffentzis
Tuesday 19 November
7pm
Hydra Books – 34 Old Market
Bristol BS2 0EZ
Organised in collaboration with PM Press and Bristol Radical History Group

Debt | Crisis | Capitalism: a public Lecture
A public lecture on debt, crisis and capitalism with George Caffentzis, David Graeber and Nick Dearden.

Thursday 21 November
6.30pm
ULU – Malet St
London WC1E 7HY
Organised in collaboration with: PM Press and Jubilee Debt Campaign

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In Conversation: George Caffentzis and John Barker
To celebrate the recent release of In Letters of Blood and Fire, George Caffentzis and John Barker will be in conversation to discuss work, machines and crisis.

Friday 22 November
doors open 6.30pm for 7pm start
Common House
Unit 5E Pundersons Gardens E2 9QG
Organised in collaboration with: PM Press, Mute Magazine and The Common House
All events are free, however seats are limited so we suggest you arrive early to guarantee entry. Full event details can be found on the PM Press website www.pmpress.org

Marx Capital lecture course at Goldsmiths ✪

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Public Lecture course on Marx’s “Capital” at Goldsmiths: everybody is welcome

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Capitalism and Cultural Studies – Prof John Hutnyk:

tuesday evenings from january 14, 2014 – 5pm-8pm Goldsmiths Room RHB 309. Free – all welcome.

No fee (unless, sorry, you are doing this for award) – and that, friends, is Willetts’ fault – though the Labour Party have a share of the blame too.

This course involves a close reading of Karl Marx’s Capital (Volume One).
90 minute lectures, 60 minutes discussion.

The connections between cultural studies and critiques of capitalism are considered in an interdisciplinary context (cinema studies, anthropology, musicology, international relations, and philosophy) which reaches from Marx through to Film Studies, from ethnographic approaches to Heidegger, from anarchism and surrealism to German critical theory and poststructuralism/post-colonialism/post-early-for-christmas. Topics covered include: alienation, commodification, production, technology, education, subsumption, anti-imperialism, anti-war movement and complicity. Using a series of illustrative films (documentary and fiction) and key theoretical texts (read alongside the text of Capital), we examine contemporary capitalism as it shifts, changes, lurches through its very late 20th and early 21st century manifestations – we will look at how cultural studies copes with (or does not cope with) class struggle, anti-colonialism, new subjectivities, cultural politics, media, virtual and corporate worlds.

The lectures/seminars begin on Tuesday 14th January 2014 between 5 and 8pm and will run for 11 weeks (with a week off in the middle) in the Richard Hoggart Building (Room 309), Goldsmiths College. You are required to bring their own copy of the Penguin, International Publishers/Progress Press or German editions of Karl Marx Capital Vol I. We are reading about 100 pages a week. (Please don’t get tricked into buying the abridged English edition/nonsense!)

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Marx Trot this sunday, 2.30 archway tube…

Marx Trot 2013 – July 7 [word to the wise: bring some tinnies in a bag - and some dosh for dinner in China town, and more beer of course - afraid we don't have an Engels to subsidise us this year.]

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All welcome. A day of revolutionary dawdling, pints, and ending up awash somewhere on Tottenham Court Rd… The annual Marx trot this year will be on July 7. Lal Salaam!

We will again be leaving from Archway tube 2:30 pm, then to Highgate Cemetery Marx’s Grave about 3pm – heading across the Heath to the Lord Southhampton pub which was the old man’s local on Grafton Terrace – then onwards to Engels’ house, then to the pub where the Manifesto was adopted by the Communist League, – now a crappy cocktail bar – and more… All welcome (kids could surely come for the first couple of hours – but warning, its a longish walk across the heath between Highgate and the Grafton Terrace HouseBYO libations for the first part.

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Last year’s trot = http://hutnyk.wordpress.com/2012/07/03/marx-trot-2012-july-7-2/

(and links to previous) here: http://hutnyk.wordpress.com/2011/05/21/marx-trot-29-5-2011/

Pics of the houses: http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/photo/london/index.htm

Other links:

http://www.alphabetthreat.co.uk/pasttense/pdf/communistclub.pdf

The Great Windmill Street venue is where Liebknecht says the Manifesto was adopted by the League of the Just/German Workers Educational Association/Communist League – but some say it was at the White Hart in Dury Lane. In any case Marx lectures on Capital at Great Windmill Street, but see here:http://www.alphabetthreat.co.uk/pasttense/pdf/communistclub.pdf

For Leninists – a diversion on the trot might take in Charing Cross station, and areas near Kings Cross and Pentonville:http://sarahjyoung.com/site/2011/01/16/russians-in-london-lenin/

Dancing the first international! http://history-is-made-at-night.blogspot.co.uk/2009_10_01_archive.html

A pub crawl with Karl http://www.mytimemachine.co.uk/pubcrawl.htm

Marx Trot 2013 – July 7

karl-marx-grave-highgate

All welcome. A day of revolutionary dawdling, pints, and ending up awash somewhere on Tottenham Court Rd… The annual Marx trot this year will be on July 7. Lal Salaam!

We will again be leaving from Archway tube 2:30 pm, then to Highgate Cemetery Marx’s Grave about 3pm – heading across the Heath to the Lord Southhampton pub which was the old man’s local on Grafton Terrace – then onwards to Engels’ house, then to the pub where the Manifesto was adopted by the Communist League, – now a crappy cocktail bar – and more… All welcome (kids could surely come for the first couple of hours – but warning, its a longish walk across the heath between Highgate and the Grafton Terrace HouseBYO libations for the first part.

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Last year’s trot = http://hutnyk.wordpress.com/2012/07/03/marx-trot-2012-july-7-2/

(and links to previous) here: http://hutnyk.wordpress.com/2011/05/21/marx-trot-29-5-2011/

Pics of the houses: http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/photo/london/index.htm

Other links:

http://www.alphabetthreat.co.uk/pasttense/pdf/communistclub.pdf

The Great Windmill Street venue is where Liebknecht says the Manifesto was adopted by the League of the Just/German Workers Educational Association/Communist League – but some say it was at the White Hart in Dury Lane. In any case Marx lectures on Capital at Great Windmill Street, but see here:http://www.alphabetthreat.co.uk/pasttense/pdf/communistclub.pdf

For Leninists – a diversion on the trot might take in Charing Cross station, and areas near Kings Cross and Pentonville:http://sarahjyoung.com/site/2011/01/16/russians-in-london-lenin/

Dancing the first international! http://history-is-made-at-night.blogspot.co.uk/2009_10_01_archive.html

A pub crawl with Karl http://www.mytimemachine.co.uk/pubcrawl.htm

Capital in Manga

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May Day London 2013

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    May Day March & Rally

    Date: 1 May 2013

    Venue: Form up at Clerkenwell Green at 12 noon.

    Join the 2013 May Day march and rally in London. The march will form up at Clerkenwell Green at 12 noon moving off at 1.00 pm. It  will end in a rally at Trafalgar Square.

    Further details are here http://www.londonmayday.org/

     

Communist Horizon – book talk 7pm today (19.3.13)

A book talk by Jodi Dean, author.

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The Communist Horizon charts the re-emergence of communism as a magnet for political energy following the collapse of the Soviet Union and the stalling of the Occupy movement.

Jodi Dean will introduce the book – 45 minutes approx – then answer questions from the audience, followed by wine reception and book signing. Lal salaam.


Event Information

Location: rm309, 3rd floor, Richard Hoggart Building, Goldsmiths
Cost: free
Department: Centre For Cultural Studies
Time: 19 March 2013, 19:00 – 21:00


For Further Details

E-mail: john.hutnyk

- See more at: http://www.gold.ac.uk/calendar/?id=6283#sthash.ly0s3RBo.dpuf

THE CONDITION OF THE WORKING CLASS: 8 May 2013

Film A5 (Goldsmiths) flyerTHE CONDITION OF THE WORKING CLASS (82 mins)
A new documentary feature film by Michael Wayne & Deirdre O’Neill
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SCREENING FOLLOWED BY Q&A WITH DIRECTORS
Goldsmiths RHB Room 144, 6.30pm. Weds 8 May 2013.

Synopsis

Everything changes and yet everything stays the same. 1844: Friedrich Engels writes his book ‘The Condition of the Working Class in England’, a classic denunciation of the appalling living conditions for working people living at the heart of the industrial revolution in Manchester, England.  In 2012: a group of working class people from Manchester and Salford have the job of devising a theatrical show from scratch based on their own experiences and Engels’ book. They have 8 weeks before their first performance. The Condition of the Working Class follows the process from the first rehearsal to first night and situates their struggle to get the show on stage in the context of the daily struggles of working people facing economic crisis and austerity politics.

‘This is not a film, it’s a rehearsal for revolution’ – Film International.

“If you want to see how, fundamentally, the way people see and treat each other in Britain has not changed in over 160 years watch this film. Some things have changed. People have sewers now, £9 JSA a day, are taught to read, but not really to write or speak. We still look up and down at each other in ways we did then, betray ourselves through our accents, our dress  our work – if we can get a job. It might be theatre but it’s not acting. It’s a blow against the mean low money grabbers.”   -   Danny Dorling

See The Trailer for The Condition of the Working Class, a new documentary film directed by Mike Wayne and Deirdre O’Neill
at: http://www.conditionoftheworkingclass.info/about-2

Stiegler special issue out now

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Harry Harootunian 13.2.13

To celebrate the launch of two new Asian-centric programmes in Goldsmiths —the MA Critical Asian Studies and the Bachelor of Arts, International Studies and Chinese—the Goldsmiths Politics Department and the Centre for Cultural Studies present:

Harry Harootunian

“Provincializing Marxism”

13 Feb 2013 4.30 RHB Cinema Goldsmiths

 Harry Harootunian’s trenchant critique of area studies helped established him long ago as the doyen of new Critical Asian Studies approach. This new approach offered a more theoretically informed and reflexive conceptualization  of questions relating to non-Western social and knowledge formations. Critical Asian Studies has, in crucial respects, changed the face of American area studies and through his detailed and erudite studies of Japanese history and probing theoretical analysis, Harootunian has set new standards for scholarship, not just in Japanese studies, but for Asian Studies more generally.

Course Guide for lectures on Marx’s Capital 2013

Lecture course on Marx’s “Capital” at Goldsmiths: everybody is welcome

Capitalism and Cultural Studies – Prof John Hutnyk:

tuesday evenings from january 8, 2013 – 5pm-8pm Goldsmiths Room RHB 309. Free – all welcome.

No fee (unless, sorry, you are doing this for award - and that, friends, is Willetts’ fault – though the Labour Party have a share of the blame too).

****** weekly course reading guide is here: Cap and cult studs outline013********

This course involves a close reading of Karl Marx’s Capital (Volume One).
90 minute lectures, 60 minutes discussion
The connections between cultural studies and critiques of capitalism are considered in an interdisciplinary context (cinema studies, anthropology, musicology, international relations, and philosophy) which reaches from Marx through to Film Studies, from ethnographic approaches to Heidegger, from anarchism and surrealism to German critical theory and poststructuralism/post-colonialism/post-early-for-christmas. Topics covered include: alienation, commodification, production, technology, education, subsumption, anti-imperialism, anti-war movement and complicity. Using a series of illustrative films (documentary and fiction) and key theoretical texts (read alongside the text of Capital), we examine contemporary capitalism as it shifts, changes, lurches through its very late 20th and early 21st century manifestations – we will look at how cultural studies copes with (or does not cope with) class struggle, anti-colonialism, new subjectivities, cultural politics, media, virtual and corporate worlds.
****** weekly course reading guide is here: Cap and cult studs outline013********

The lectures/seminars begin on Tuesday 8th January 2011 between 5 and 8pm and will run for 11 weeks (with a week off in the middle) in the Richard Hoggart Building (Room 309), Goldsmiths College. You are required to bring their own copy of the Penguin, International Publishers/Progress Press or German editions of Karl Marx Capital Vol I. We are reading about 100 pages a week. (Please don’t get tricked into buying the abridged English edition/nonsense!)

Rosa Translate Funds…

A project to translate the collected works of Rosa Luxemburg into English. The editorial board is currently fundraising for the translations: http://toledotranslationfund.org/project/the-complete-works-of-rosa-luxemburg/

Marx Reloaded Film, with the director 20.11.12

Co-sponsored by the Centre for Cultural Studies:

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///Film Screening: Tuesday 20th November, 7pm 
MARX RELOADED.
Director Jason Barker will be present for the discussion.
Ian Gulland Lecture Theatre
Goldsmiths College, New Cross, London Borough of Lewisham, London SE14, UK
Entrance is Free

Marx Reloaded is a 2011 German documentary film written and directed by the British writer and theorist Jason Barker. Featuring interviews with several well-known philosophers, the film aims to examine the relevance of Karl Marx’s ideas in relation to the global economic and financial crisis of 2008–09. A Q&A with the director will follow.

Heartfield

One hundred and fifty years ago, on 1 December 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Proclamation that Emancipated America’s slaves, in the middle of the war between the Union and the slaveholding Confederacy.

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One hundred and fifty years ago the British government made plans to wage war against Lincoln and support Jefferson’s Davis’ Slaveholders’ rebellion.

The British workers stopped Prime Minister Palmerston in his tracks.


Though their employers rallied to the cause of the slaveholders, and tried to win the weavers over too, Lancashire opposed secession.Though the weavers of Lancashire were suffering from the war, they rallied to support Lincoln and the Union.

British socialists launched the Union Emancipation Society that led the opposition to the war, rallying monster meetings across the county and the country to support Lincoln and emancipation. Karl Marx, John Bright and Manchester’s trade unionists joined in a struggle for freedom in America.

Back then, everyone knew that it was the working class that had stopped the British plutocracy from joining the confederate cause.

President Lincoln thanked the Lancashire workers for their great sacrifice. Gladstone owned up to having been taught a lesson by the labouring class that had earned its right to speak. Karl Marx credited the workers with changing the course of history.

Since then, scholars have baulked at the terrible truth that freedom in America had been helped by Karl Marx and the British working class. Revisionist historians worked hard to cover up the real record. Instead, we were told, the Lancashire weavers were supporters of secession!

But new research shows that the Lancashire workers were indeed overwhelmingly opposed to secession, and rallied in support of the Union. Drawn from the archives of the Union Emancipation Society and contemporary reports British Workers & the US Civil War explains how Karl Marx and the Lancashire weavers joined Abraham Lincoln’s fight against slavery, 150 years ago.

You can buy British Workers & the US Civil War direct, for just £4, post free in the UK (outside, add £2).

Send your name, address, and a cheque payable to James Heartfield, at 17 Giesbach Road, London, N19 3DA, or pay by paypal at www.heartfield.org

 

Workers Inquiry refs and what not.

Talk for Future Tense: I want to focus primarily on the development of workplace or workers inquiry. First of all reference is to Engels The Condition of the Working Class in Manchester, then the huge chapter ‘The Working Day’ in Marx’s Capital, volume one, right through to very late in Marx’s life when he penned 100 questions for a ‘Workers Inquiry’ wanting to generalize the Factory Inspections of England to France, and beyond? Then trace this perhaps to  the Bolsheviks, and Lenin of 1902, the so-called Factory Exposures, to Mao in Hunan, and many other examples. Even that called a parallel sociology, owing debts to Adorno as well as Kracauer’s 1920s work on the Salaried Masses, through to the Italian post-war Marxist Operaist tradition starting with Panzieri in the journal Quaderni Rossi (Wright 2002:21) and the Workerism of Italian autonomia, on up to Negri and Hardt (though of course with reservations (Hutnyk 2004)). I am also tempted to explore, alongside this, from outside the labour movement, how the collection of oral histories and questionnaires of the ‘poverty-stricken’ came to be known as co-research, and how the term Inquiry has much wider appeal among contemporary activists. Journals like Ephemera, The Commune, Common Sense, Capital and Class, Aufheben, Riff Raff, all have interesting things to say about Workers Inquiries. There is a ton of stuff to read.

It is of course standard to say, as I think we must, that everyone can trace this work back to the figure of the Factory Inspector Leonard Horner as described by Marx in his chapter on ‘The Working Day’ in Capital.

Towards the very end of his life, Marx declared as much in a short notice in La Revue Socialiste April, 20, 1980, that called for a official Inquiry:

The blackguardly features of capitalist exploitation which were exposed by the official investigation organized by the English government and the legislation which was necessitated there as a result of these revelations (legal limitation of the working day to 10 hours, the law concerning female and child labor, etc.), have forced the French bourgeoisie to tremble even more before the dangers which an impartial and systematic investigation might represent. In the hope that maybe we shall induce a republican government to follow the example of the monarchical government of England by likewise organizing a far reaching investigation into facts and crimes of capitalist exploitation, we shall attempt to initiate an inquiry of this kind with those poor resources which are at our disposal. We hope to meet in this work with the support of all workers in town and country who understand that they alone can describe with full knowledge the misfortunes form which they suffer and that only they, and not saviors sent by providence, can energetically apply the healing remedies for the social ills which they are prey. We also rely upon socialists of all schools who, being wishful for social reform, must wish for an exact and positive knowledge of the conditions in which the working class — the class to whom the future belongs -works and moves.

http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1880/04/20.htm

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Recommend reading:

Wright, 2000 Storming Heaven, London: Pluto.

Kolinko 1999 Hotlines: Call Centre Communismhttp://www.nadir.org/nadir/initiativ/kolinko/lebuk/e_lebuk.htm

Dowling, Emma, R. Nunes & B. Trott (eds) special issue on Affective Labour in Ephemera http://www.ephemeraweb.org/journal/7-1/7-1index.htm

Shukaitus, Stevphen and David Graeber 2007 Constituent Imagination: Militant Investigations, Collective Theorization AK Press.

Palgin, Trevor and Thompson, A.C 2006 Torture Taxi: On the Trail of the CIA’s Rendition Flights, Hoboken: Melville House Publishing.

Otterman, Michael 2007 American Torture: From the Cold War to Abu Ghraib and Beyond, London: Pluto Press.

Kracauer, Siegfried 1930 The Salaried Masses London: Verso 1998

Hardt, Michael and Negri, Antonio 1994 The Labour of Dionysius University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis.

Negri, Antonio 1991 Marx Beyond Marx: Lessons in the Grundrisse Autonomedia, New York

Negri, Antonio 1999 Insurgencies: Constituent Power and the Modern State Massechusetts: University of Minnesota Press

Negri, Antonio 1988 Revolution Retrieved London: Red Notes

Negri, Antonio 2005 Books for Burning: Between Civil War and Democracy in 1970s Italy London: Verso


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Additional stuff

http://libcom.org/library/2-quaderni-rossi-workers-enquiry

http://thecommune.co.uk/2011/05/16/the-workers%E2%80%99-inquiry-what%E2%80%99s-the-point/

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Some crucial things from the Aut-op-sy list, which I was on for the first few years, but could not keep up:

Aufheben A range of articles from the British journal

http://lists.village.virginia.edu/~spoons/aut_html/auf1edit.htm

Franco Barchiesi, Flexibility in Manufacturing — Organization and Subjectivity

http://lists.village.virginia.edu/~spoons/aut_html/flex.html

George Caffentzis, A Reply to Aufheben magazine’s review of Midnight Oil

gopher://lists.village.virginia.edu/00/pubs/listservs/spoons/aut-op-sy.archive/papers/caff.aufheben

Massimo De Angelis, The Autonomy of the Economy and Globalization

http://lists.village.virginia.edu/~spoons/aut_html/glob.html

Echanges et Mouvement, Presentation Pamphlet

http://lists.village.virginia.edu/~spoons/aut_html/echanges.html

Dan Krasivyj, For the Recomposition of Social Labour

http://lists.village.virginia.edu/~spoons/aut_html/kras.recomp.html

Steve Wright, The Limits of Negri’s Class Analysis

http://lists.village.virginia.edu/~spoons/aut_html/opsoc.html

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A bunch of stuff from Generation Online – which again I was on from (near) the start but simply could not cope with the avalanch os stuff. Very huge, adn somewhat unweildy, site – but lots of good things: http://www.generation-online.org/index.htm

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and from Nate: (links not live – cut and paste into your browser)

Basic list of primary materialsRed Notes, Brief Chronology and Glossary (Working Class Autonomy and the Crisis, iii-x)

http://groups.google.com/group/operaismo/files

François Matheron, “Operaismo”

http://www.generation-online.org/t/toperaismo.htm

Zerowork, definition of Class Composition

http://users.resist.ca/~jon.beasley-murray/aut_01.html

Panzieri
The Capitalist Use of Machinery: Marx Versus the Objectivists. 1961 (http://www.reocities.com/cordobakaf/panzieri.html)

Surplus value and planning’; The Labour Process & Class Strategies. 1964. (http://www.reocities.com/cordobakaf/surplus_value.html)

Tronti, material republished in Workers and Capital [starting page in brackets]
Social Capital. 1963.
(http://www.reocities.com/cordobakaf/tronti_social_capital.html)
[p64 Spanish / p60 Italian]

Lenin In England. 1964.
(http://www.reocities.com/cordobakaf/tronti_england.html)
[p93 Spanish / p89 Italian]

Class and Party. 1964.
(http://leggiamotronti.blogsome.com/2006/03/03/class-and-party-3/)
[p93 Spanish / ???? Italian]

The Strategy of the Refusal. 1966?
(http://www.reocities.com/cordobakaf/tronti_refusal.html)
[p244 Spanish / p234 Italian]

Struggle Against Labor. 1966?
(http://www.reocities.com/cordobakaf/tronti_struggle.html)
[p262 Spanish / p259 Italian]

Workers and Captial. 1966?
(http://www.reocities.com/cordobakaf/tronti_workers_capital.html)
[p275 Spanish / p267 Italian]

Romano Alquati. The Network of Struggles in Italy.

http://libcom.org/library/network-of-struggles-italy-romano-alquati

Guido Baldi. Theses on the Mass Workers and Social Capital. 1972.

http://www.reocities.com/cordobakaf/baldi.html

Sergio Bologna. Money and Crisis: Marx as Correspondent of the New York Daily Tribune, 1856-57.

http://www.wildcat-www.de/en/material/cs13bolo.htm

Optional additional primary materials

Panzieri, Socialist uses of workers’ inquiry

http://www.generation-online.org/t/tpanzieri.htm

Negri;

Labor in the Constitution. 1964 (Labor of Dionysus 53-136)

Keynes and the Capitalist Theory of the State. 1967 (Labor of Dionysus 23-50)

Marx on Cycle and Crisis. 1968 (Revolution Retrieved 43-90)

Crisis of the Planner State: Communism and Revolutionary Organization. 1971 (Revolution Retrieved 91-148, Books for Burning 1-50)

Workers Party Against Work. 1973 (Books for Burning 51-117)

Communist State Theory. 1974 (Labor of Dionysus 138-176)

Proletarians and the State. 1975 (Books for Burning 118-179)

The State and Public Spending. 1975 (Labor of Dionysus 179-213)

Towards a Critique of the Material Constitution. 1977. (Books for Burning, 180-230.)

Domination and Sabotage. 1977. (Books for Burning 231-290. The first half, pages 231-258, are online at http://www.reocities.com/cordobakaf/negri_sabotage.html)

Crisis of the Crisis State. 1980 (http://www.reocities.com/cordobakaf/crisisa.html)

Archaeology and Project: The Mass Worker and the Social Worker. 1982 (http://www.reocities.com/cordobakaf/massworker.html)

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Files uploaded to the google group

http://groups.google.com/group/operaismo/files

- Brief Chronology and Glossary (iii-x)
- Potere Operaio, Italy 1973: Workers Struggles and the Capitalist Crisis and Red Notes, A Note on Potere Operaio (23-32)
- Negri, One Step Forward Two Steps Back (55-59)
- Negri, The Workers’ Party of Mirafiori (61-65)

From Red Notes, Working Class Autonomy and the Crisis, paper copy only:
Interview with Tronti (21-22)
- Negri, Reformism and Restructuration (33-37)
- A Note on the “Social” Worker (37-38)
- Negri, Theses on the Crisis (39-54)

Secondary Sources:

Steve Wright, Storming Heaven: Class Composition and Struggle in Italian Autonomist Marxism
Excerpts online here:

http://libcom.org/library/the-workerists-and-the-unions-in-italys-hot-autumn

http://libcom.org/library/classe-operaia-the-birth-of-italian-workerism

http://libcom.org/library/historiography-mass-worker-steve-wright

Interview with Steve Wright

http://www.wildcat-www.de/en/wildcat/70/w70_steve_en.htm

Sergio Bologna’s review of Storming Heaven

http://www.generation-online.org/t/stormingheaven.htm

Cleaver, Reading Capital Politically

http://www.eco.utexas.edu/~hmcleave/357krcp.html

(Especially the introduction, the section titled The Italian New Left – http://www.eco.utexas.edu/~hmcleave/rcp1.html)

Harry Cleaver’s reading guide to autonomist marxism, section Four: The Theory of the Mass Worker and the Social Factory

Steve Wright, “The Limits of Negri’s Class Analysis: Italian Autonomist Theory in the Seventies”

http://libcom.org/library/limits-negri-class-analysis-steve-wright

Steve Wright, “A Party of Autonomy?”

http://libcom.org/library/party-autonomy-steve-wright

Steve Wright, Operaismo, Autonomia, Settantasette in Translation: Then, Now, the Future.

http://info.interactivist.net/node/3781

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Historical context

Red Notes, “Italy 1977-8 – ‘Living with an Earthquake’”

http://libcom.org/library/italy-1977-8-living-earthquake-red-notes

Robert Lumley, States of Emergency: Cultures of Revolt in Italy from 1968 to 1978

Nanni Balestini, The Unseen

Review of Red Notes, Working Class Autonomy and the Crisis

http://pubs.socialistreviewindex.org.uk/isj92/fuller.htm

Lotta Continua: Take Over the City. 1973.

http://reocities.com/cordobakaf/lotta.html

Wicked Messengers: Politics in the First Person: the autonomous workers movement in Italy. 1974,

http://reocities.com/cordobakaf/rising_free.html

Bruno Ramirez: Self-Reduction of Prices. 1975.

http://reocities.com/cordobakaf/self_reduction.html

Sergio Bologna. The Tribe of Moles. 1977.

http://www.elkilombo.org/documents/tribeofmoles.html

Patrick Cuninghame. For an Analysis of Autonomia -An Interview with Sergio Bologna

http://www.elkilombo.org/documents/analysisautonomia.html

No Past? No! – Interview with Sergio Bologna

http://www.16beavergroup.org/mtarchive/archives/000944.php

Marco Revelli: Defeat at Fiat. 1980.

http://www.reocities.com/cordobakaf/revelli.html

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Analysis outside of Italy

Kolinko, Class Composition

http://nadir.org/nadir/initiativ/kolinko/engl/e_klazu.htm

Paolo Carpignano: U.S. Class Composition in the Sixties

http://www.eco.utexas.edu/~hmcleave/357Lcarpignano.html

Christian Marazzi: Money in the World Crisis

http://libcom.org/library/money-world-crisis-christian-marazzi-zerowork

Mario Montano: Notes On The International Crisis

http://libcom.org/library/notes-international-crisis-mario-montano-zerowork

Class Composition and Developing a New Working Class Strategy.

http://www.reocities.com/CapitolHill/3843/monty5.html

Excerpt from Toward the New Commons: Working Class Strategies and the Zapatistas by Monty Neill, with George Caffentzis and Johnny Machete

http://www.reocities.com/CapitolHill/3843/mngcjm.html

Sergio Bologna: CLASS COMPOSITION AND THE THEORY OF THE PARTY AT THE ORIGINS OF THE WORKERS’ COUNCIL MOVEMENT

http://www.reocities.com/cordobakaf/bologna.html

Sergio Bologna. NAZISM AND THE WORKING CLASS – 1933-93

http://libcom.org/library/nazism-and-working-class-sergio-bologna

Guido De Masi and Giacomo Marramao : COUNCILS AND STATE IN WEIMAR GERMANY

http://www.reocities.com/cordobakaf/councils.html

Gabriella M. Bonacchi: THE COUNCIL ‘COMMUNISTS BETWEEN THE NEW DEAL AND FASCISM

http://www.reocities.com/cordobakaf/bonacchi.html

Ed Emery. No Politics Without Inquiry!

http://www.wildcat-www.de/en/material/cs18inqu.htm

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More recent

Steve Wright, Confronting the crisis of ‘fordism’: Italian debates around social transition

http://libcom.org/library/confronting-crisis-fordism-steve-wright

Steve Wright, “There and back again: mapping the pathways within autonomist Marxism”

http://libcom.org/library/there-and-back-again-mapping-the-pathways-within-autonomist-marxism-steve-wright

Steve Wright, “Cattivi Maestri: Some Reflections on the Legacy of Guido Bianchini, Luciano Ferrari Bravo and Primo Moroni”

http://libcom.org/history/cattivi-maestri-some-reflections-legacy-guido-bianchini-luciano-ferrari-bravo-primo-moro

Wildcat, The Renascence of Operaismo

http://www.wildcat-www.de/en/wildcat/64_65/w64opera_en.htm

Dan Krasivyj. For the Recomposition of Social Labour

Feruccio Gambino: A Critique of the Fordism of the Regulation School

http://www.wildcat-www.de/en/zirkular/28/z28e_gam.htm

Riccardo Bellofiore: Lavori in corso

http://www.reocities.com/cordobakaf/bello.html

Nick Dyer-Witheford
Cyber-Marx: Cycles and Circuits of Struggle in High Technology Capitalism (1999)

http://www.fims.uwo.ca/people/faculty/dyerwitheford/

George Caffentzis: Immeasurable Value?: An Essay on Marx’s Legacy
http://www.commoner.org.uk/10caffentzis.pdf

 

Also here, here and here

May Day London 2012

MAYDAY-FLYER-A5-2012

May Day has been celebrated in London since the 1880s. The Committee has ensured this key day of international solidarity is marked every May 1st. Despite often being ignored by the mass media, the celebrations have maintained the traditions of unity and solidarity in London.

The London May Day has been a unique bringing together of trade unionists, workers from the many international communities in London, pensioners, anti-globalisation organisations, students, political bodies and many others in a show of working class unity (see our supporters list). The whole theme of May Day is unity and solidarity – across the city, across the country, across the world. Three constant calls have been made – trade union rights, human rights, international solidarity. We have been proud that a vital and major part of the March are workers from the different international communities in London – a practical expression of working class solidarity. Along with the solid support of trade union organisations, these have been the bed rocks of LMDOC

We continue the demand, adopted by the whole trade union movement in the 1970s, for May 1st to be a public holiday. The Labour Government of the time imposed the divisive decision to make the nearest Monday a Bank Holiday. This created many difficulties and separated Britain from virtually every other European country that celebrates May Day on 1st May. The anti-union laws of the Tories further pressured the movement and made participation in May Day difficult. But in the last 5 years May Day has been growing.

We have held a major march each year, whether going to Wapping in the mid-80s, supporting Sky Chef workers or Rover & Ford workers in 2001 and 2002. LMDOC also responded quickly to the fascist bombings in Brixton, Brick Lane and Soho in 1999 by involving those communities in the March, showing in a clear practical way the solidarity of the organised trade union movement, an important message to the right.

In 2001 we tied up with key sections of the anti-capitalist globalisation movement who had been campaigning on May Day. The common concerns about exploitation around the world, the role of multinationals and the advocates of aggressive free trade agendas meant there was the basis for unity – the basis of May Day. In 2001 and 2002 this swelled the ranks of the demonstration and introduced new aspects of May Day. Each year May Day in London has sought to unite with different campaigns and activities to keep the action very relevant to current challenges and expand those getting involved in May Day. A key victory of 2002 was getting use of Trafalgar Square on working days and the encouragement of the Mayor to make the Square a focus of activity for Londoners, as it has been since it was created.

2004 saw the Rally followed by an anti-racist festival with ARA; a joint May Day with the TUC in 2008 against the antiunion laws; each year focussing on key issues for workers – in London and across the world.

Anderston talk 14.3.2012 (north of the river I’m afraid)

The Raya-esque IMHO are putting on this event:

Karl Marx and the Present Moment: Beyond “Resistance” and Toward Human Emancipation

A talk and discussion: with Kevin B Anderson, author of Marx at the Margins

2 p.m. Saturday 14 April 2012 at The Lucas Arms, 245a Grays Inn Road, King’s Cross, London, WC1 (5 minutes from Kings Cross Tube)

MEETING SPONSORED BY THE HOBGOBLIN ONLINE
The Arab revolutions and the Occupy movement have placed both revolution and anti-capitalism at the forefront of global social consciousness. While many are again evoking Marx, the legacy of decades of postmodernism and postmodernized postcolonial thought has left us, at best, with a politics of resistance rather than one of full human emancipation. This talk will explore Marx’s thought in light of this legacy. It will be argued that his multidimensional dialectical vision encompassed both “totalities” like capitalism and the specificities of nation, ethnicity, gender, and anti-colonial resistance. Moreover, his philosophical dialectic, rooted in Hegel, theorized precisely this type of “concrete totality.” And finally, his critique of capital was accompanied by an always implicit — and sometimes explicit — vision of a radically humanist future beyond the exploitative, alienating, and reified world of the capital relation.

Kevin Anderson’s most recent books are Foucault and the Iranian Revolution; Gender and the Seductions of Islamism(with Janet Afary, 2005), Marx at the Margins: On Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Non-Western Societies(2010), and The Dunayevskaya-Marcuse-Fromm Correspondence, 1954-1978: Dialogues on Hegel, Marx, and Critical Theory(coedited with Russell Rockwell, 2012). He is also the author of Lenin, Hegel, and Western Marxism: A Critical Study(1995) and the coeditor (with Peter Hudis) of The Rosa Luxemburg Reader(2004)

http://www.thehobgoblin.co.uk/

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