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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #273 - Invisible Committee: So it is "Now" (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Mon, 5 Jun 2017 08:58:37 +0300


The new book of the Invisible Committee testifies to a reflection in motion. It is not so much the insurrection that comes but the happiness of missing it and trying again. A poetics of the revolution that covers absolutely simplistic, a little arrogance and some contradictions. ---- From a virtuoso and sharp pen (but reserved as usual for academics), the authors of Now put a long time in this book their vision of a world where everything would have imploded, dismissal becoming the final gesture, the revolutionary pichenette that would sweep The ghostly ruins of capitalism. ---- This apocalyptic description affects the whole of society and its institutions, including and largely those who think to fight: organizations, militants and militants ... Even the riot, though glorified, is questioned. The lack of nuance in the critical analysis of the really existing world serves as a radicality to the detriment of the quality of the analysis.

Work

The end of work and of workers is announced between the disappearance of the workers' bastions, the precariousness of the employees and the technological progress. In the impulse, it is the collective struggles of the wage-earning system that become impossible ... The announcement of the death of the proletariat has that of practice that it avoids asking the question of being, or not. A very slight and franco-centric analysis, leaving aside the growth of the proletariat on the scale of the planet and neglecting the truth of the figures: 80 % of employees in France are on permanent contracts . In a few scattered lines the authors attack Marxism, but a few literary pirouettes are not enough to convince us. From this point of view, we will expect a more serious work before letting us convince ourselves that for Marxists capitalism would consist in " selling what is produced ".
Deserting and dismissing work deprives the authors of the slightest reflection on the reduction of working time socially necessary to the production of goods useful to needs, opposing a Marxism that is reduced to a " how to produce ", a revolution that thinks the " How to live ". How to produce remaining a blind point without answer. Hardly sketched, an answer which, under post-modern words, brings back to the taste of the day what the workers have always done:
The wig (that is, the use by the employee of time or tools to work personal work) ... The end of the work makes it possible to refer ultimately the general strike to the ray of the myths for the greatest satisfaction Shareholders whose capital is still not completely fragmented. If there are some " sincere people " among them, the book massively criticizes all those who organize themselves and any revolutionary organization. The criticism is interesting because it just touches on many points.
But it is on the critique of Night Standing that analysis reveals its weakness. Standing night is first praised as the exceptional experience of political reappropriation by the individual, Before being reduced to a bureaucracy of the microphone and to the impotence of the assembly. For us as libertarian communists, the assembly is at the basis of self-organization, but it is also necessary that something social brings together the assembled people: a place of work, a place of life, discrimination suffered together, A precise struggle. A self-organization of society where the individual entering the collective does not lose his autonomy but finds the effectiveness of the action by taking the time necessary for the decisions shared.
And what applies to society also applies to the revolutionary organization we are building. It is precisely because the individuals in the pile of Night standing were bound by nothing that nothing could emerge from these endless assemblies.
After cleansing the complex question of democracy in the emancipation movement, the Invisible Committee offers us an answer: the " vertical " spontaneity that comes from the decision of individuals who will magically express " the intelligence of The situation ". The destitution of democracy remains the blind spot of the talk and practices of "autonomous" activists who substitute for the " Leninist " authoritarianism of any collective structure the authority of their individuality without convincing their legitimacy. By magic, " the intelligence of the situation ". The destitution of democracy remains the blind spot of the talk and practices of the "autonomous" activists who substitute for the " Leninist " authoritarianism of any collective structure the authority of their individuality without convincing on their legitimacy. By magic, " the intelligence of the situation ". The destitution of democracy remains the blind spot of the talk and practices of "autonomous" activists who substitute for the " Leninist " authoritarianism of any collective structure the authority of their individuality without convincing their legitimacy.

The riot

Since a tag is more effective than all the critical literature of capital, the riot remains at the strategic heart of the Invisible Committee, but some inflections are heard. First, the authors point out that, according to the cities, the SO of the CGT are not always enemies and they wish that the absence of direct confrontations with the " headed processions" continues . Let us salute here what is said even if we note that this is not accompanied by self-criticism on what has been done ... This inflection echoes the clearly divergent positions expressed on the site Monday morning or on Paris-luttes.info on the Union organizations. The issue is important because the calls to fight SOs considered as cops is full of dangers for the social movement.
Beyond this tactical aspect, The book also evokes the loss of soul of the riot in its outrageous militarization and in its media complacency. It is even admitted that the riot can not win against repression. However, there is no alternative proposal. There was no general strike, no demonstration, no riot or repeated riot... But what: " The procession repeating itself, it was no longer a gesture in a situation, but a subject mirroring the media, in particular alternatives. It was then time to desert this desertion in the process of freezing and parodying. And continue to move. To move towards what ? We'll wait for the next book.
Another debate shakes the autonomous movement and the echo here is perceptible. It is the veiled criticism of an illusory desertion of those who build an alternative economic life. The authors rightly point out that in capitalism no management is innocent but they are careful not to be as arrogant as it is to other political currents: "To organize revolutionarily under the cover of a whole maquis of structures Legal exchanges between them is possible, but perilous. This can provide, among other things, an ideal cover for international conspiracy relations. The threat still remains, however, to fall back into the economic rut ... to no longer perceive the meaning of the conspiracy. Deserters are therefore no more protected from reformism than the proletarians, and the latter are no longer the objective supporters of capital.

Jean-Yves (AL 93-Center)

http://www.alternativelibertaire.org/?Comite-invisible-C-est-donc-Maintenant
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