Communization and its Discontents: Contestation, Critique, and Contemporary Struggles
Edited by Benjamin Noys

Can we find alternatives to the failed radical projects of the twentieth century? What are the possible forms of struggle today? How do we fight back against the misery of our crisis-ridden present?

‘Communization’ is the spectre of the immediate struggle to abolish capitalism and the state, which haunts Europe, Northern California and wherever the real abstractions of value that shape our lives are contested. Evolving on the terrain of capitalism new practices of the ‘human strike’, autonomous communes, occupation and insurrection have attacked the alienations of our times. These signs of resistance are scattered and have yet to coalesce, and their future is deliberately precarious and insecure.

Bringing together voices from inside and outside of these currents Communization and Its Discontents treats communization as a problem to be explored rather than a solution. Taking in the new theorizations of communization proposed by Tiqqun and The Invisible Committee, Théorie Communiste, post-autonomists, and others, it offers critical reflections on the possibilities and the limits of these contemporary forms, strategies, and tactics of struggle.

Contributors: Jasper Bernes, John Cunningham, Endnotes, Alexander R. Galloway, Maya Andrea Gonzalez, Anthony Iles, Leon de Mattis, Nicole Pepperell, Théorie Communiste, Alberto Toscano, Marina Vishmidt, and Evan Calder Williams.

“After a year of following these muscular marxists and how their praxis are playing out in the UC and Occupy movements I am grateful for this book. It reads as primer to dominant trends and debates within the theoretically based, action ready, radical left.” – Robby Herbst, Journal of Aesthetics & Protest

Communization and its Discontents: Contestation, Critique, and Contemporary Struggles

Ordering Information

Release date November 30th, 2011. Available from this site for £14.

Also available from AutonomediaLittle Black Cart, and AK Press (in the US).

You can also download it here: Communization and its Discontents.
280 pages, 6 x 9 US: $24 / UK: 16
ISBN 978-1-57027-231-8
Release date November 30th, 2011.