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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 the collective pen-name for a small group of French post-Situationist intellectuals and academics.



The Invisible Committee is a collective and anonymous penname.

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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: 4.5 x 0.4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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I would follow this book by "The Conspiracy" by Pau Nizan: an introduction by Sartre and a letter praising the book by Walter
Benjamin. "The Conspiracy," written about 5 upper middle class French "would be" revolutionaries, describes their estrangement and detachment from the real world, in a way that might have given the authors of "The Coming Insurrection," something to think about. However, "The Coming Insurrection" was a poignant, if not a totally impossible exhortation to create a blank slate for Western Civilization to star anew, since it is the previous generation that has so miserable failed the present.
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By Mac on August 29, 2013
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I bought this book after Glenn Beck recommended it. 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. It's a short read and not that expensive so it doesn't require much investment from the reader. Overall it seems like a reflection of a generation inheriting a system that they don't want.
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In no way endorse ideas presented herein. Very short and disturbing account of what will befall the civilized world if we continue living with blinders and paying more attention to electronic toys and playing the PC game than continued learning, reading and understanding the political climate.
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This is truly a book to get you thinking. Our society needs to reevaluate the role of citizenship and leadership. Exactly what are our leaders doing in their decision making? Is it always in our best interests? Why are there behavioral modificationists in the top strata of our leadership? This book evaluates issues and gets us thinking about our society in a sobering fashion!
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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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