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Exodus and Counter-Economics, Part 1: Escape Routes

“Capital’s continual restructuration is its response to working class sabotage,” wrote Antonio Negri in Capitalist Domination and Working Class Sabotage (1977). This is the clearest elucidation of the autonomist proposition: that capitalism’s development, from the introduction of new technologies that shape production to the dynamics of the core-periphery relationship, emerges from the ability of the working class to successfully confound – up to a certain degree, at least – the operations that restrain them. 1,484 more words

Introducing the Autonomist-Market Anarchist Encounter

The Market and the State

Few things are as repugnant to the socialist and the anarchist as that most flummoxing of movement – the anarcho-capitalists. What the socialists and the anarchists have always been against, they proudly wear of a badge of honor. 2,944 more words

Caliban and the Witch

“Indeed, in a system where life is subordinated to the production of profit,the accumulation of labor-power can only be achieved with the maximum of violence so that, in Maria Mies’ words, violence itself becomes the most productive force.” 7 more words

Notes on Federici's C&W

In feudalism, peasants were in direct contact with the products of their labor. Or, everything that they produced was not yet monetized and therefore, everything they made for their own subsistence went directly to them to use for it what they will , and everything that the lord required from them went directly to the lord. 1,056 more words

Class Composition, Affective Composition of Labor, Migration

I’ve been reading through a few of Jason Read’s old blog posts and came across one from 2011 on “The Affective Composition of Labor.” In it, he has a really clear definition of class composition, which clarifies the stakes of the project of ‘autonomous marxism’ for me. 569 more words

Migration

Labor, Automation, and Refusal

Marxism has, and had for a quite a long time, a problem with the question of work. This is not to say that Marxism can be confused with the insistence of its antagonist, capitalism, over the relations of labor and production – nowhere in Marx’s own writings do we find the glorification of work elevated to the despotic cult of personality, as we currently see from policies recommended by the left and the right, from the popular media, from psychiatric practice and prison ‘reform’ programs, and even from the worker his or herself. 4,754 more words