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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire #224 - Read: John Holloway, Crack Capitalism (fr) [machine translation]

Date Sat, 09 Mar 2013 22:37:36 +0200


This book by John Holloway is a continuation of his book with the evocative title Change the world without taking power, released in 2002. In today's world, the best way to end the capitalist system is not to reproduce, develop other ways of living, what the author calls "do it." ---- After a more or less conventional system and the global dynamics of capitalism as a means of domination over the life of each, accompanied by a questioning of his right arm, the State as a means of policing the author attacks the traditional means of struggle in the far left (Marxism, anarchism, anti-globalization, autonomy). Indeed, Holloway believes that all militant groups, whatever their form, unconsciously, very often remain trapped in a vision of labor, social organization, the revolution can not overthrow the capitalist system.

Indeed, for him, is the capital which determines the time of conflict and revolution is seen as a future to prepare as many everyday experiences are created without delay "the big night".

For the author, it is then necessary to look and use what is at the moment, whatever the size of the experiment (the creation of a Amap the Zapatista movement through the opening of a squat or library, for example) to build different lifestyles. This is what is called a " gap "in the book. These breccias are multiple forms and are moments or places where there is a will of insubordination against the system, large or small, individual or collective, ephemeral or wishing to register in time. And Holloway, it will be all of these gaps, as different as they are, that may be a way to overthrow capitalism. We can blame this book very theoretical, although he quotes many examples, some complexity and therefore at times some difficulty reading for people unaccustomed to the great debates on Marxism and its currents. This is still a real bombshell dominant ideas. It allows us to ask questions about our own daily practices and activists. It does not provide solutions or certainty in relation to the changing world, or answers, but gives us an opening to an infinity of experiences that are the daily to destroy capitalism.

Vince (Paris AL Northeast)

• John Holloway, Crack Capitalism, 33 theses against capital , 2012, Libertalia Editions, 458 pages, 20 euros.
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