Delio Vasquez

is a PhD candidate in the History of Consciousness at the University of California-Santa Cruz where he studies criminality, political theory, and philosophy. He is an educator, an activist, and was born in the Bronx.

Consumption, Crime, and Communes: Making Political Meaning Out of Riots

Consumption, Crime, and Communes: Making Political Meaning Out of Riots

While Clover’s effort to his­tor­i­cal­ly sit­u­ate and draw our atten­tion to the riot as a form of anti-cap­i­tal­ist strug­gle out­side of the work­place is cer­tain­ly valu­able, his insis­tence on inter­pret­ing its polit­i­cal val­ue pri­mar­i­ly through its rela­tion­ship to the utopi­an keeps his analy­sis from account­ing for the func­tion and mean­ing that riots have for most of the peo­ple who par­tic­i­pate in them, to say noth­ing of whether or not riot is real­ly best under­stood through its rela­tion­ship to con­sump­tion and cir­cu­la­tion.