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The Coming Insurrection (Semiotext(e) / Intervention Series) Paperback – May 15, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1584350804 ISBN-10: 1584350806 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Semiotext(e) / Intervention Series (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Semiotext(e); 1 edition (May 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584350806
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584350804
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 4.4 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Any book indirectly responsible formassive raids involving helicoptersand anti-terrorist police, a spleneticFox News broadcast and an impromptubook-reading at a Barnes & Noble bookshopin New York (also attended by thepolice) must have something going for it.And so it is with The Coming Insurrection,the kind of political pamphlet last fashionablein the 17th century (and perhapsfor a period in the 1960s and '70s)." Nina Power Frieze Magazine



"For culture jammers, anarchists and malcontents everywhere, The Coming Insurrection is a bracing tonic -- an elegant and inspiring call to arms." Kono Matsu Adbusters



"I am not calling for a ban on this book. It's important that you read this book. [...] And let me tell you something: Don't dismiss these people. Don't dismiss them." Glenn Beck Fox News, Glenn Beck Program



"This is quite possibly the most evil thing I've ever read." Glenn Beck Fox News, Glenn Beck Program



"...without a doubt the most thought-provoking radical text to be published in the past ten years. It deserves to be read and discussed." Daniel Miller New Statesman

About the Author

The Invisible Committee is a collective and anonymous penname.

Customer Reviews

I found the book incredibly naïve.
James R. Holland
Some things make sense to me but a lot of it seems like the diatribe of a bunch of whiney idealistic twenty somethings who don't really know what they want.
Mac
And it is because of this that I give the book two stars instead of one.
The Drizzle

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65 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Mushroom Hunter on February 21, 2011
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Look all around you today and you can take the news and protesting straight from the pages of this book. It's proof of society gone terribly wrong. Proof that massive entitlement programs only breed contempt.

I could get really philosophical about the book but I won't. It's worth reading, it's very political, very left-wing and very, very frightenng.
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32 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Diziet on March 24, 2011
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I really enjoyed this little book. It's one of those texts that you find yourself saying 'Yes, that IS the way it is!' with almost a shock of recognition. Certainly, at times the language is a little rhetorical, almost poetic, but that's o.k. - at least it means there's some passion there.

So what is in the book? It's divided into a number of sections, the main being seven 'circles' or areas of contention. These rather reminded me of the areas of analysis outlined by David Harvey in his recent and comprehensive 'The Enigma of Capital'.

The first 'circle' is the personal:

'My body belongs to me. I am me, you are you and something's wrong. Mass personalisation. Individualisation of all conditions - life, work and misery.' (P29)

It seems to me that this is related to the ideas in Thomas Frank's 'The Conquest of Cool' but taken further, and taken personally.

The second 'circle' refers to culture in a fairly wide sense, including the media, schools:

'A burst of laughter is the only appropriate response to all the serious "questions" posed by news analysts. To take the most banal: there is no "immigration question". Who still grows up where they were born? Who lives where they grew up? Who works where they live?' (P35)

The third concerns itself with 'work', the fourth with the 'metropolis' - rejecting the town/country split and seeing the whole as 'one single urban cloth' (P52).

The fifth deals with the 'economy' - 'We have to see that the economy is not "in" crisis, the economy is itself the crisis.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful By L. Webb on February 20, 2011
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If you want to understand what may be going on to cause the chaos in the world right now (i.e. Egypt, Yeman, Italy, Mexico, etc) this is a must read. It would seem that the steps and plan is being followed fairly close.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nic LesFlics on February 11, 2013
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It's not often that I would say that a book is full of irrefutable truth, but this resonated with me like nothing else. A must-read for the entire Western world.

If you're inconsolably alienated by your surroundings and/or were one of the people hoping for the world to end on December 21st, 2012, there are things in this book that you need to see.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By gregZ on May 9, 2010
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Short, concise and to the disturbing realistic future that may be at our doorstep if we fail to act immediately. That was an opinion, not an endorsement of the ideas presented in this book.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 3, 2011
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If you're not watching the news, you're missing it. It is happening now - the seeds are in NYC and Chicago. Glimpses of the contents are online, here: [...] and here: [...] and the background story is here: [...] and, finally, there is a summary here: [...]

One should wonder how fast anarchy can spread - and if it will be a factor in the next presidential election and elections to come. It would seem there are two obvious choices, appeasement or surpression. Both are not good. But even the 3rd course of action, some where between appeasement and surpression, is still not necessarily good. Follow the news and make your own decisions.

The real danger is the unification of the anarchist, radical islamist movements, communists, and anyone else or nation who would like to see America's and the Western World's demise. The reflective danger is the radical right - Nazis and other extreme rightist movements whose motives would have nothing to do with preserving the Western way of life.
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104 of 148 people found the following review helpful By D. L. Childress on February 6, 2010
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This small book is a freighting and naive portal into the dissatisfaction many of the young diverse population in a socialized Europe, and in particular France, feels about their lives today and the future. The passion and the lack of sophistication are the main reasons for the appeal found in the many diatribes, sermons, pronouncements and hopes the Invisible Committee wanted to be expose by the light of day.

This book is long on emotion and bereft of any real direction. In fact it would appear that the authors are trusting to foster their absolute plan of anarchy from the whole cloth of group consciousness which will bring about the organization of the insurrection. Hmmmm? While you need a flashlight and a GP device to find your way through many of the disconnections, thoughts and aspirations embraced by this work the overall cohesiveness makes it an insightful look at many of today's young communal warriors. A world without money, possessions, status and human organization is not all they want. They want a reality with no work, no debt, no rules and none of the past failings of this species we call man. They are convinced no one is on their side and thus they are on the side of no one and express this isolation by advocating everything in the name of nothing.

Before you reach a decision about my lucidness; read the book and reach your own conclusions............
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