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The Coming Insurrection

by: The Invisible Committee

Publisher: Semiotexte (2007)

$13.95

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Glen Beck and the French government agree - this is a "left wing terrorism manual." Actually, this is no bomb-making guide, but rather an incendiary polemic set in the context of consecutive youth riots in France and the December insurrection in Greece. Civilization is ending - let's make it a choice rather than a fact.

Thirtyyearsof"crisis,"massunemployment,andflagginggrowth,andtheystillwantustobelieveintheeconomy....Wehavetoseethattheeconomyisitselfthecrisis.It’snotthatthere’snotenoughwork,it’sthatthereistoomuchofit.�fromTheComingInsurrectionTheComingInsurrectionisaneloquentcalltoarmsarisingfromtherecentwavesofsocialcontestationinFranceandEurope.WrittenbytheanonymousInvisibleCommitteeintheveinofGuyDebord�andwithcomparableelegance�ithasbeenproclaimedamanualforterrorismbytheFrenchgovernmentwhorecentlyarresteditsallegedauthors.Oneofitsmembersmoreadequatelydescribedthegroupas"thenamegiventoacollectivevoicebentondenouncingcontemporarycynicismandreality."TheComingInsurrectionisastrategicprescriptionforanemergentwarmachineto"spreadanarchyandlivecommunism."WritteninthewakeoftheriotsthateruptedthroughouttheParissuburbsinthefallof2005andpresagingmorerecentriotsandgeneralstrikesinFranceandGreece,TheComingInsurrectionarticulatesarejectionoftheofficialLeftanditsreformistagenda,aligningitselfinsteadwiththeyounger,wilderformsofresistancethathaveemergedinEuropearoundrecentstrugglesagainstimmigrationcontrolandthe"waronterror."Hotwiredtothemovementof’77inItaly,itspreferredhistoricalreferencepoint,TheComingInsurrectionformulatesanethicsthattakesasitsstartingpointtheft,sabotage,therefusaltowork,andtheelaborationofcollective,selforganizedformsoflife.Itisaphilosophicalstatementthataddressesthegrowingnumberofthose�inFrance,intheUnitedStates,andelsewhere�whorefusetheideathattheory,politics,andlifeareseparaterealms.InterventionseriesDistributedforSemiotexte