Nonfiction. Political Science. Criticism and Theory. Following on the prior anthology REVOLUTIONARY WRITING, this volume of essays in and about contemporary radical political theory is organized in three main parts. The first section centers on current debates about the concept of Primitive Accumulation, with contributions by the Midnight Notes Collective, Massimo De AngelNonfiction. Political Science. Criticism and Theory. Following on the prior anthology REVOLUTIONARY WRITING, this volume of essays in and about contemporary radical political theory is organized in three main parts. The first section centers on current debates about the concept of Primitive Accumulation, with contributions by the Midnight Notes Collective, Massimo De Angelis, Werner Bonefeld, Paul Zarembka and Mariarosa Dalla Costa. The middle section examines aspects of subversion in everyday life, with essays by Stevphen Shukaitis, the Leeds May Day Group, Harry Cleaver, and Sergio Tischler. The concluding section has case studies in national contexts--the United States, Mexico and Argentina--from George Caffentzis, Patrick Cunninghame, and Ana Cecelia Dinerstein, and a final essay by Nick Dyer-Witheford on the concept of "The Multitude."...
|Title||:||Subverting the Present, Imagining the Future: Class, Struggle, Commons|
|Number of Pages||:||280 Pages|
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Subverting the Present, Imagining the Future: Class, Struggle, Commons Reviews
It's been a couple weeks since I've read this book and I'm just now getting around to reviewing it, so this review will be general. The book is broken down into 3 sections. The first section deals with the Marxist notions of Accumulation vs. Primitive Accumulation. The differences between Accumulation and Primitive/Original Accumulation seem so subtle, so couched in the poetic-theoretic prose of each essayists individual perspective that they are difficult to follow without being well versed in the history of Marxist thought and aware of the contemporary topics/issues of this particular field. The rebuttals, counterarguments, and clarifications made by subsequent essayists to prior essayists, to me, seemed to muddle a definitive viewpoint that transcends the dialectic, so to speak.The second section of the collection dealt with the history of social movements of the 20th century from an anti-capitalist perspective, which I enjoyed. Topics such as the Russian Revolution (and it's counter-revolutionary takeover), to movements in Latin America (i.e. Zapatistas). Along the way lessons are fleshed out with an emphasis on anti-capitalism, decentralization, and resistance. The ideas of Hardt and Negri are introduced somewhere along here (relations between The Multitude and Empire), though their critical analysis does not appear until the third section. This section was a welcome break from the seemingly nit-picky ~90 page first section.The third section of essays focuses upon the state of current struggles, with emphasis on the US during the "War on Terror", Other Anti-capitalism in Mexico, as well as a solid critique of Hardt and Negri, who I have not read, but have added to my list.There was something about the book that I found a little incoherent, but a number of essays were quite enjoyable and illuminating. A solid three-point-five stars, but not quite enough to push it to four.