Category Archives: resistance

Laurence Cox: ‘The revolutionary challenge of “the long 1968”’

“The struggles of 1968 remade the landscape of social movements and popular resistance for decades to come. What do these struggles have to tell us today?”

“All Out Against Bolsonaro! An Appeal from Brazil”

“On January 1, 2019, Jair Bolsonaro will assume the presidency of Brazil. His candidacy, his government, and his allies represent the worst in any society: authoritarianism, sexism, racism, homophobia, and xenophobia. Capitalism combined with strong fascist tendencies! We are calling on everyone to resist.”

Two statements that have appeared amidst the gilets jaunes “movement”

“All contemporary anti-capitalist movements must abandon the self-illusion of being intrinsically opposed to capitalism; whatever such movements may emerge, they will constitute themselves in the very struggle to destroy/escape capital.  The heterogeneity of contemporary social movements also condemns all possibility of representation.  The gilets jaunes possess the virtue of self-consciously embracing this condemnation or refusal.  The question then is what is to follow.”

Édouard Louis: “Can the Yellow Vests Speak?”

“This movement must continue, for it embodies something right, urgent, and profoundly radical, because faces and voices that are usually reduced to invisibility are finally visible and audible.”

Jason Brennan: “When the state is unjust, citizens may use justifiable violence.”

“Under what circumstances might active self-defence, including possible violence, be justified, as opposed to the passive resistance of civil disobedience that Americans generally applaud?”

Max Elbaum: “Revolution in the Air: Lessons from the 1960s”

‘Fortunately, there are more and more young people today who, like the generation of 1968, are flocking toward a revolutionary vision and looking for illuminating theory and effective strategy and organization. The task of my generation is to get in behind the new radicals, support them, offer what we’ve learned from our experience in the spirit of “take whatever is useful and leave the rest.”  And let’s see if together we can move history along a little further this time around.’

Michael Braddick: “The people vs tyranny: The secular martyrdom of John Lilburne”

“Lilburne emerged from this world of Reformation politics but expressed his religious conscience in a very different way, based on a sharp distinction between the civil state and the ecclesiastical state.”

Andrew Ryder: “‘The Function of Autonomy’: Félix Guattari and New Revolutionary Prospects”

“Together, they tried to produce a new creative project that would draw from psychoanalytic ideas, but overcome its reference to social normalisation – through the integration of a Marxist social analysis and political commitment to revolution from below.”

“Editorial Note: The Question of Political Revolution”

Introduction to issue No. 1 (Fall 2018) of Socialist Forum

Viewpoint Magazine: “From what Shore does Socialism Arrive?”

“What is necessary then is a political response, based not just on moral commitment, but on an understanding of how migration itself, especially in the caravan’s notable collective and democratic form, is a political challenge to the capitalist state and a refusal to accept the conditions of exploitation offered in the capitalist system. … A political response would thus have to recognize the caravan as both a concrete act of refusal and as a movement of politicization.”