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The Coming Insurrection (Semiotext(e) / Intervention Series) Paperback – May 15, 2009
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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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If you want to know where the world's headed read it find out you can tell a lot of what they're talking about is happening now or has already happenedPublished 3 months ago by Rivet headbanger
It is very important to keep ones finger on the pulse of the world and that means listening to good and bad alike. We are a global community and what happens abroad happens here.Published 9 months ago by Southwest by southwest
Ok ... A little hard to understand as the writer is referring to European insurrection, but Ai guess it's all the same.....kinda distrrbing.Published 10 months ago by Kathleen Ann Thomas