The State

Inside Logistics: Organization, Work, Distinctions

Inside Logistics: Organization, Work, Distinctions

Logis­tics can nev­er be under­stood from out­side the ware­house, only by com­ing inside and look­ing at the tech­niques employed, the equip­ment and the orga­ni­za­tion of work does one under­stand if we find our­selves faced with some­thing that belongs to the new econ­o­my, in the real sense of the term, or that resem­bles the sweat­shops of Bangladesh. There is there­fore no orga­ni­za­tion of stan­dard­ized labor with spe­cif­ic fig­ures, because every com­mod­i­ty sec­tor has its speci­fici­ty in indus­tri­al logis­tics, and because in dis­tri­b­u­tion logis­tics, not all goods are sub­ject to the same treat­ment (think only of per­ish­able prod­ucts, the cold chain or dan­ger­ous and tox­ic prod­ucts). Speak­ing in the gener­ic sense of “logis­tics” does not lead us any­where.

Primitive Accumulation and the State-Form: National Debt as an Apparatus of Capture

Primitive Accumulation and the State-Form: National Debt as an Apparatus of Capture

  The moment has come to expose cap­i­tal to the absence of rea­son, for which cap­i­tal pro­vides the fullest devel­op­ment: and this moment comes from cap­i­tal itself, but it is no longer a moment of a “cri­sis” that can be solved in the course of the process. It is a dif­fer­ent kind of moment to which we must give thought.… Read more → 

Disrupting Distribution: Subversion, the Social Factory, and the “State” of Supply Chains

Disrupting Distribution: Subversion, the Social Factory, and the “State” of Supply Chains

  The State of Sup­ply Chains We have entered a time of logis­tics space. Con­tem­po­rary cap­i­tal­ism is orga­nized as a dis­persed but coor­di­nat­ed sys­tem, where com­modi­ties are man­u­fac­tured across vast dis­tances, mul­ti­ple nation­al bor­ders, and com­plex social and tech­no­log­i­cal infra­struc­tures. Geopo­lit­i­cal economies that were pre­vi­ous­ly gov­erned large­ly at the nation­al scale – even though as part of a glob­al sys­tem… Read more → 

State Violence, State Control: Marxist State Theory and the Critique of Political Economy

State Violence, State Control: Marxist State Theory and the Critique of Political Economy

In the wake of the 2008 finan­cial cri­sis, a num­ber of move­ments arose which in dif­fer­ent ways, opposed the sta­tus quo.1 At the time, many of us in our exu­ber­ance thought these events sig­naled the end – or at least the begin­ning of the end – of cap­i­tal­ism. Yet from Lon­don to Oak­land to Madrid to Athens to Cairo, each… Read more → 

Materials for a Revolutionary Theory of the State

Materials for a Revolutionary Theory of the State

“I believe that the sta­tus of the state in cur­rent think­ing on the Left is very prob­lem­at­ic,” Stu­art Hall wrote in 1984, in the midst of Mar­garet Thatcher’s war on the “ene­my with­in.” He reflect­ed on the lega­cy of the post­war peri­od, which saw the exten­sion of pub­lic ser­vices with­in the con­text of a vast expan­sion of the state’s inter­ven­tion in social life. 

The Critique of Politics

The Critique of Politics

Pol­i­tics, and in par­tic­u­lar demo­c­ra­t­ic pol­i­tics, is often viewed with­in polit­i­cal the­o­ry as the area in which human beings come togeth­er in order to make col­lec­tive deci­sions and to become capa­ble of col­lec­tive action. From this per­spec­tive pol­i­tics is seen – in dis­tinc­tion to the econ­o­my, with its pow­er and its inher­ent neces­si­ties – as the sphere of auton­o­my and free­dom. In oppo­si­tion to this per­spec­tive, Marx put for­ward the view that pol­i­tics is itself het­eronomous and has its share of social unfree­dom.

Dear Comrades

Dear Comrades

Part work­ers’ cen­ter and part domes­tic vio­lence resource cen­ter, the Mujeres Unidas y Acti­vas space in East Oak­land is demon­strat­ing what it means to build a Lati­na immi­grant women’s’ orga­ni­za­tion • It’s clear to those of us pay­ing atten­tion that gen­tri­fi­ca­tion is hit­ting the Bay Area par­tic­u­larly hard • The idea of pro­vid­ing imme­di­ate ser­vices to those locked up in jails and pris­ons is some­times seen as a com­pelling and essen­tial way to reach peo­ple inside • As a Guatemalan third-world left fem­i­nist with Marx­ist ten­den­cies, I orga­nize know­ing the ene­my • Sin Bar­ras is a prison abo­li­tion group based in San­ta Cruz, Cal­i­for­nia.

Theses on the Transformation of Democracy and on the Extra-Parliamentary Opposition

Theses on the Transformation of Democracy and on the Extra-Parliamentary Opposition

These the­ses serve as a sup­ple­ment to my book Trans­for­ma­tion of Democ­ra­cy and a cor­rec­tion to some mis­quo­ta­tions made at the remark­able del­e­gates con­fer­ence of the SDS. I am gen­er­al­ly of the opin­ion that rather than inter­pret texts, rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies should change rela­tions. As mea­sured by the state’s actu­al pow­er rela­tions and by the actu­al rela­tions of dom­i­na­tion in soci­ety, the famil­iar expres­sion for the mod­ern bour­geois state – “par­lia­men­tary democ­ra­cy” – rep­re­sents a para­dox.

The Ends of the State

The Ends of the State

It is in no way self-appar­ent that think­ing more about the state, even if one promis­es to do it dif­fer­ent­ly, is the sen­si­ble rem­e­dy for the prob­lem of social move­ments that hurl them­selves repeat­ed­ly against the colon­nades of the Nation­al Assem­bly. If we are to con­front prac­ti­cal prob­lems in the strug­gle to remake the world, we should like to see the sit­u­a­tion right side up. For us, the prob­lem is not how to seize state pow­er but how not to be seized by it – how we might elude being hailed by the ques­tion of pow­er rather than that of social repro­duc­tion, and in turn, elude being forced to fight on ter­rain that is unfa­vor­able.