Category Archives: revolution

Lorissa Rinehart: “A Graphic Novel Looks at the Limits of Freedom in Revolutionary Cuba”

“In Goodbye, My Havana, the Cuban revolution’s prescribed limits of freedom are most evident in the relegation of women and LGBTQ individuals to the periphery, where their rights quickly erode and their personhood is more easily dismissed. The benefit of hindsight shows Castro’s regime working inward from there. Once it had stripped the most vulnerable of their rights, it was easier to impose a system of authoritarianism on the remainder of the populace.”

lundi matin: “The gilets jaunes: Insurrection at the end times of capital”

‘Rather than expressing the revolution of capital, it seems more accurate to speak of a movement which acts, in the first place, as a resistance to this revolution of capital (3) and acts as an “analyser” of the crisis of the reproduction of capitalist social relations.’

Raoul Vaneigem: “The State is Nothing – Let’s be Everything”

The society to come has no choice but to recover and develop history’s projects of self-organization, which, from the Paris Commune to the anarchist collectives of revolutionary Spain, rooted their quest for harmony in the autonomy of individuals, with the happiness of all standing in solidarity with the happiness of each.”

George Lawson: “The New – Old – Age of Revolutions”

“Things look different now. Both the time and space of the age of revolutions have been extended: backwards to the Seven Years War (1756-63), a conflagration that spread from Europe to Central America, and from West Africa to southeast Asia, and forwards, reaching all the way to the 1848 revolutions, which ranged from the Baltic to the Mediterranean and from the Americas to Ukraine. In its most maximalist interpretation, therefore, the age of revolutions is a nearly century-long crisis that encompassed most of the world’s regions.”

Luis Hessel: “Women and a revolution betrayed: Nicaragua”

‘During the revolution we knew situations that we disapproved of, but we were not aware of the damage they would eventually cause by not correcting them in time. The “defence” of the Revolution, the early and fierce attack of the US, the economic and military blockade, the formation of the counterrevolution, the emotional commitment and the personal and collective cost that was necessary to pay to achieve Somoza’s departure, as well as many other factors, affected the lack of criticism or its limits of those who had already committed abuses since the beginning of the Revolution.’

Alex Press: “The Conscience of a Revolutionary: Victor Serge’s commitment to the individual as collective hero”

Serge is committed “to the individual seen as a collective hero and the product of generations of struggle. … If people, not just revolutions, are centuries in the making, bearing the traces of prior social relations, of political domination and uprisings, it’s important to chronicle them as flesh and blood.”

Hannah Ohlén Järvinen & Johan Örestig: “Revolution as accelerated modernity: Hannah Arendt and Anselm Jappe on radical social transformation”

“Though their approaches are very different, Hannah Arendt and Anselm Jappe take similar positions on the ambiguities of modernity and revolution. They not only analyse the contradictions of ‘modernity’, but show that the modern situation undermines the conditions for its existence, pointing towards its own revolutionary transformation.”

James C. Scott interviewed

On revolution and resistance

 

Jacques Rancière interviewed on “The singularity of rebellion and autonomy”

“The only real inheritance which we have today is the inheritance left by momentary movements. There is no inheritance of the parties of the Left, nor of the revolutionary parties that barely get a few percentages points in elections. … The ephemeral is what breaks the course of time of domination and what leaves an inheritance.”

“Will Sudan’s revolution succeed?”

“We’ve been ruled by military dictatorships for over 50 years. We cannot accept another one.”