To Our Friends (Semiotext(e) / Intervention Series)

The Invisible Committee's The Coming Insurrection was once a phenomenon, celebrated in a few quarters and inveighed opposed to in others, publicized in media that ranged from campus bulletin forums to Fox information. Seven years later, The Invisible Committee follows up their premonitory manifesto with a brand new booklet, To Our Friends.

From The Invisible Committee:

In 2007 we released The Coming rebel in France. It has to be stated variety of assertions by means of the Invisible Committee have for the reason that been proven, beginning with the 1st and so much crucial: the sensational go back of the insurrectionary phenomenon. Who could have guess a kopeck, seven years in the past, at the overthrow of Ben Ali or Mubarak via road motion, at the riot of adolescents in Quebec, at the political awakening of Brazil, at the fires set French-style within the English or Swedish banlieues , at the production of an insurrectionary commune within the very middle of Istanbul, on a circulate of plaza occupations within the usa, or at the uprising that unfold all through Greece in December of 2008?

During the seven years that separate the arriving revolt from To Our acquaintances , the brokers of the Invisible Committee have persevered to struggle, to prepare, to move themselves to the 4 corners of the area, to anywhere the fires have been lit, and to discuss with comrades of each tendency and each state. therefore To Our acquaintances is written on the experiential point, in reference to that normal flow. Its phrases factor from the turmoil and are addressed to people who nonetheless think sufficiently in lifestyles to struggle as a consequence.

To Our pals is a document at the kingdom of the area and of the circulate, an editorial that is primarily strategic and brazenly partisan. Its political ambition is conceited: to supply a shared figuring out of the epoch, even with the intense confusion of the present.

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No longer a go back to earth yet a reinhabiting of earth. What provides insurrections their punch, and their skill to wreck the adversary’s infrastructure in a sustained approach, is strictly their point of self-organization of communal existence. That one of many first reflexes of Occupy Wall road was once to move block the Brooklyn Bridge or that the Oakland Commune besides a number of thousand humans undertook to paralyze the city’s port in the course of the common strike of December 12, 2011, are facts of the intuitive hyperlink among self-organization and blockage. The fragility of the self-organization that hardly took form within the occupations didn't permit those makes an attempt to be driven extra, it seems that. against this, Tahrir and Taksim squares are imperative hubs of motor vehicle stream in Cairo and Istanbul. to dam these flows was once to open up the placement. The career was once instantly a blockade. as a result its skill to throw the reign of normality out of joint in a complete city. At a totally assorted point, one can’t aid yet draw a connection among the truth that the Zapatistas are at present offering to hyperlink jointly twenty-nine protective struggles opposed to mining, street, power-plant, and dam initiatives concerning varied indigenous peoples in every single place Mexico, and the truth that they themselves have spent the previous fifteen years setting up their autonomy vis-à-vis the federal and fiscal powers. three. A 2006 signal published by way of the French move opposed to the “first employment contract,” the CPE, acknowledged: “It’s via flows that this international is maintained. Block every thing! ” This rallying cry, propagated via a minority of a stream that was once itself minoritarian, albeit “victorious,” has loved a profitable run given that then. In 2009, the move opposed to “pwofitasyon,” which paralyzed all of Guadaloupe, used it in a tremendous manner. And we've seen the perform of blocking, in the course of the French circulate opposed to retirement restructuring, develop into the staple tactic of fight, utilized uniformly to a gasoline depot, a mall, a teach station, or a construction website. Now, there's something, absolutely, that finds a undeniable kingdom of the area. the truth that this circulate opposed to the overhaul of retirement situated round the blocking off of refineries isn't really politically negligible. on the finish of the seventies, refineries grew to become the forefront of what have been referred to as “process industries,” “flux” industries. it may be stated that refinery operation has served because the version for the restructuring of so much factories when you consider that that point. additionally, one will not be speak about factories any further, yet approximately websites, creation websites. the adaptation among the manufacturing unit and the location is manufacturing facility is a focus of employees, technical information, basic fabrics, shares, while the positioning is just a node on a map of effective flows. Their basically shared trait being that what comes out of either, in comparison with what went in, has passed through a definite transformation. The refinery is that position the place the relation among hard work and construction used to be first overturned.

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