Category Archives: Nota Bene

Julia Lovell: “Maoism marches on: The revolutionary idea that still shapes the world”

“The west has assumed that Maoism, like Soviet communism, has been left in the dust: no European rebels these days carry a Little Red Book. But the ideology is resurgent in China and remains hugely influential elsewhere.”

“Voices of Bakur” (film)

“‘Voices of Bakur‘ looks at the Kurdish movement in Bakur, Northern Kurdistan. It focuses on the period of 2015-2016, when more than a dozen Kurdish towns within the southeastern borders of Turkey declared autonomy from the Turkish state.”

Marilyn La Jeunesse: “The History of Las Soldaderas, the Women Who Made the Mexican Revolution Possible”

“For the revolutionaries, the war was an opportunity to overthrow the outdated class system put in place by the Spanish elite. These revolutionaries saw it as a time for Mexico to reward the people who worked the land, not the other way around: a war for the mestizos; a war for the indigenous; and a war for the poor. But neither side could have endured for nearly 10 years without the dedication of Las Soldaderas.”

“The gilets jaunes: A question of time”

“A reflection on the re-appropriation of time as the revolution within the yellow vests insurrection.”

Loren Balhorn: “The World Revolution That Wasn’t”

“The Comintern was founded on this day in 1919 to carry revolution around the world. We are only now recovering from the legacy of its failure.”

Temps Critiques: “The envy of the French Revolution of the Yellow Vests”

“Spontaneously, the reference to the French Revolution constituted for the Yellow Vests the only historical reference, because only it carries the collective memory of a social and political upheaval with which they can identify.”

Enzo Traverso: “Understanding the Gilets Jaunes”

“A self-organized movement deprived of any tradition and historical memory learns from its experience and its own mistakes; it does not accept lessons from outside and has its own times of apprenticeship. Unfortunately, I am not sure they have much time.”

Samuel Hayat: “The Gilets Jaunes and the Democratic Question”

“A new emancipatory politics, which remains to be invented, should be based on making the ensemble of relations of domination visible, without hierarchy and by remaining open and responsive to new antagonisms which will inevitably come to light. As it is, the Gilets Jaunes movement, anchored in a citizenist conception of politics, does not seem to be taking this path toward the visibilization of these antagonisms, even as it opens up new democratic possibilities. A renewal of an emancipatory politics must therefore think both with and against this movement, for democracy and against oligarchy, but also for the expression of conflict and against consensus – whether it be technocratic or citizenist.”

Jacques Rancière on the Gilets Jaunes Protests

“Significantly, these ‘apolitical’ people adopted the form of action of the outraged youth of the ‘squares’ movements, a form that the rebellious students had themselves borrowed from striking workers: occupation.”

Étienne Chouard: “The Constituent Yellow Vests Appeal to All Humanity”

“From my point of view, Yellow Vests are doing what the whole society should do. They are the ones who start because they are the exploited, they are the ones who earn the least, who have the most difficulty in living, and the others who earn just a little more, who know well that soon they will be in the same precariousness, in my opinion, if all goes well logically, the non-Yellow Vests will soon join the Yellow Vests because they know that they are also threatened with downgrading and that these extreme difficulties in life throw Yellow Vests out of their homes and bring them outside.”