The Coming Insurrection

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Thirty years of "crisis," mass unemployment, and flagging growth, and they still want us to believe in the economy. . . . We have to see that the economy is itself the crisis. It's not that there's not enough work, it's that there is too much of it. —from The Coming Insurrection

The Coming Insurrection is an eloquent call to arms arising from the recent waves of social contestation in France and Europe. Written by the anonymous Invisible Committee in the vein of Guy Debord—and ...

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Thirty years of "crisis," mass unemployment, and flagging growth, and they still want us to believe in the economy. . . . We have to see that the economy is itself the crisis. It's not that there's not enough work, it's that there is too much of it. —from The Coming Insurrection

The Coming Insurrection is an eloquent call to arms arising from the recent waves of social contestation in France and Europe. Written by the anonymous Invisible Committee in the vein of Guy Debord—and with comparable elegance—it has been proclaimed a manual for terrorism by the French government (who recently arrested its alleged authors). One of its members more adequately described the group as "the name given to a collective voice bent on denouncing contemporary cynicism and reality." The Coming Insurrection is a strategic prescription for an emergent war-machine to "spread anarchy and live communism."

Written in the wake of the riots that erupted throughout the Paris suburbs in the fall of 2005 and presaging more recent riots and general strikes in France and Greece, The Coming Insurrection articulates a rejection of the official Left and its reformist agenda, aligning itself instead with the younger, wilder forms of resistance that have emerged in Europe around recent struggles against immigration control and the "war on terror."

Hot-wired to the movement of '77 in Italy, its preferred historical reference point, The Coming Insurrection formulates an ethics that takes as its starting point theft, sabotage, the refusal to work, and the elaboration of collective, self-organized forms-of-life. It is a philosophical statement that addresses the growing number of those—in France, in the United States, and elsewhere—who refuse the idea that theory, politics, and life are separate realms.

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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

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

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"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
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"This is quite possibly the most evil thing I've ever read." Glenn
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"...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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441875464
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 5/14/2010
  • Series: Intervention Series , #1
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

The Invisible Committee is a collective and anonymous penname.
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  • Posted September 7, 2009

    Radically descriptive, but with empty solutions.

    I thought the book did an excellent job of, putting into words, the degradation of today's American, as well as other nation's, political systems and the general break-down of the family, morals, and integrity of society. They did however, and like so much of the modern progressive, extreme left wing socialists, have no real suggestions as to what to do about it, other than completely destroy it and go to some type of anarchist commune situation. The book suggests anarchy, destruction,violence, sabotage,lawlessness and moral abandonment as a means to a better society. Good luck with that one! It's a good book to explain, in detail, the folly of the progressive, socialist anarchists of today.

    22 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2009

    "To Wait Anymore is Madness," A Review of The Coming Insurrection

    by Kristin Schall

    Will a rabid right-wing TV personality and a multi-national corporation help usher in a new era of social insurrection? Certainly not intentionally, but both Glenn Beck and Barnes and Noble have contributed to creating an international audience for a small, blue book loaded with incendiary ideas called The Coming Insurrection. Beck offered the book to FOX News viewers as a voyeuristic look into the "dangerous" world of the far-left. Barnes and Noble made their contribution to the promotional campaign only after fending off an attempt by New York City anarchists to stage an unofficial book release. Their customers were given the chance to pre-order the book. Consequently, before The Coming Insurrection was even released, right and left wing scrutiny had created an international platform for its authors to speak from. Is this, then the manifesto for the 21st century that the left has been waiting for?

    Written in the aftermath of the 2005 riots in France by an anonymous group calling themselves The Invisible Committee, this book immediately caught the attention of French authorities. It is "the principle piece of evidence in an anti-terrorism case in France directed against nine individuals who were arrested on November 11, 2008" for the sabotage of electrical lines on France's railways. This mysterious act followed a mass strike carried out by French railway workers which crippled the country's transportation system. Whether or not this book is connected to the sabotage it offers a thought provoking analysis of the current cultural and political climate...

    For the rest, visit the Socialist WebZine! http://socialistwebzine.blogspot.com/

    14 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 3, 2009

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    The Coming Insurrection

    I find this book repulsive in it's content of social hatred, evil spirited, and soul death intelligence. I, and probably many to come, am very dissatisfied that Barnes and Noble would even consider putting a book such as this on it's shelf. Anyone that reads this book with the intent of learning and displaying it's character, will experience only the downside of life, the devil's laughter, and anguish from the empty, defeatful, results of such desire. I 'pray' for you, that's right, I 'pray to the Almighty God' 'in the USA' in front of 1000s that read this I hope, that your eyes will be opened, and your thoughts will be reversed. Life is hard enough without trying to make it that way. However, if you accept and overlook the hardships of life, learn from it, be happy that you most likely have it better than many, and present a smile and a kind word, the hardship goes away and it will surprise you how life will seem much better. It is my wish that occurs for you...

    7 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 6, 2010

    Highly Recommended - leftest book on how to destroy a free society!

    I am a big advocate of reading apposing points of view. The authors were planning the communist takeover of France. They were caught and sentenced to prison. It explains for example, just how deliberate America's economical and society's problems are actually and carefully planned out. Our educational system has been reprogrammed to turn out leaders who will destroy this country.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Participation!

    This short work answers the questions "What is To Be Undone? And How?" The big complaint is it doesn't answer the question "What is To Be Done?". Enter the link below for more specifics than you care to hear about:

    http://www.zcommunications.org/topics/parecon

    5 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2013

    Absolutely a must-read for everyone in the Western world. A firm

    Absolutely a must-read for everyone in the Western world. A firm analysis of the alienation of modern society and the empty solutions brought to bear on it - this book articulately criticizes governments, corporate entities, reformists and radicals alike. Despite what the Glenn Beck fans of the internet might say about it (likely without actually reading, let alone comprehending, the contents of the book), The Coming Insurrection doesn't pull any punches with their critique of "the far Left", as it were. Every facet of life (and its malcontents) is laid bare in its pages.

    If you have doubts about the desirability or stability of the world we live in - or even if you don't - you should pick up The Coming Insurrection and read it from cover to cover.

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