Wednesday, 26 March 2014

To read

Marx's Capital 

Scaling the wall: what to do if you get stuck while reading Marx’s Capital.

David Harvey -Companion to Marx' Capital.

Reading capital politically - Harry Cleaver
Study guide for Capital - Harry Cleaver

and other Harry Cleaver:-

Majorly important:
Libertarian Marxism's Relation to Anarchism - Wayne Price.
Karl Marx: Economist or Revolutionary?
Marx's crisis theory as a theory of class struggle - Harry Cleaver
Karl Marx and the state.
The problem with work: feminism, marxism, antiwork politics and postwork imaginaries - Kathi Weeks
Sex, Race and Class
(Selma James

Of lesser importance:

From operaismo to autonomist Marxism
Work is still the central issue - Harry Cleaver
The refusal of work - Workers Committee of Porto Marghera

The Contradictions of the Green Revolution - Harry Cleaver
Theses on Secular Crisis in Capitalism
Nature, Neoliberalism and Sustainable Development: Between Charybdis and Scylla
Introduction to Antonio Negri's Marx beyond Marx
The Inversion of Class Perspective in Marxian Theory: From Valorization to Self-valorization
Response to Sergio Fiedler's Attack on Autonomous Marxism
On Schoolwork and the Struggle Against It - Harry Cleaver
Kropotkin, Self-valorization And The Crisis Of Marxism
Organizing for workers' power - Adriano Sofri
Our operaismo - Mario Tronti
Clock time and life-time saving
What is communisation?


Deleuze, Marx and Politics
A cavalier history of surrealism - Raoul Vaneigem

Witch-hunts and the transition to capitalism?

        Reproduction and immigration - Mariarosa Dalla Costa


Communist measures - Leon Mattis

Spontaneity, mediation, rupture

Terrain for an encounter: social anarchism and communisation

Communization and the abolition of gender
The conjuncture: a concept necessary to the theory of communisation

On the dialectical method - Amadeo Bordiga

In the Social Factory?: Immaterial Labour, Precariousness and Cultural Work

Observations on The Communist Manifesto - Raoul Vaneigem

Toward the human community - La Guerre Sociale

A world without money: communism - Les Amis de 4 Millions de Jeunes Travailleurs

Wages against housework - Silvia Federici

Is capitalism a market society?
Caliban and the witch - Silvia Federici

"The elimination of capitalist work or abstract labor can only mean the elimination of concrete useful labor, insofar as this is an activity imposed as a form of social control."

" Because useful labor is in this way the producer of value / control as well as use-value, it cannot be "liberated." It must be smashed in its present forms in order to smash value itself. "

" the state cannot be seized and used as is but must be destroyed. So, too, with useful labor as it exists in its concrete forms under capital."

"To speak of postcapitalist "useful labor" is as problematic as to speak of the postcapitalist state -- its transformation must be both qualitative and quantitative."

 We have seen that it is the tendency under capital to constantly extend work. The quantitative as well as qualitative (division of labor) extension of useful labor as a means of social control underlies abstract labor and thus value. But we have also seen this extension to have been achieved only in the face of working-class opposition. We can postulate that, in postcapitalist society, the victory of these struggles will certainly mean the quantitative reduction of useful labor as an essential element of its qualitative transformation -- "the general reduction of the necessary labor of society to a minimum."

" Conversely, the perpetuation and expansion of useful labor in contemporary socialist society, like the perpetuation of the state, is one sure sign that capital has not been destroyed. "

"Those who attack "alienated" work or who speak of the "degradation" of work under capitalism do grasp the way capital transforms useful labor into a mode of domination"

" Unfortunately, they miss the dialectical relation between the quantitative expansion of work as social control and its qualitative transformation. As we have seen, capital is, above all, quantitative in its expansion. It shapes quality as part of that expansion. To speak of the overthrow of capitalist work we must take both aspects into account. The only way to achieve "unalienated" work -- or work as an activity which is not a function of domination -- is through the elimination of the element of compulsion which has been inseparable from its quantitative expansion."

In effect "zerowork" means the conversion of "useful labor" into one element of what Marx calls "the full development of activity itself." Capitalist development, he wrote, has created the material elements to permit, after the revolution, "the development of the rich individuality which is all sided in its production as in its consumption, and whose labour also therefore appears no longer as labour, but as the full development of activity itself."

"What does "activity itself" mean? In what kind of a situation is work not work? Marx had little to say on this subject, largely out of principle. He rejected the utopian socialist project of outlining in advance the nature of postcapitalist society. He clearly felt that it would be invented in the process of revolution by the mass of workers on the basis of their possibilities and desires and not on the basis of some intellectual's fancy. "

"Thus, although he rejected utopian speculation, we can surmise that within the revolutionary process Marx would have warmly embraced the slogan "All Power to the Imagination."

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