The Coming Insurrection

The Coming Insurrection

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by The Invisible Committee
     
 

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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 InsurrectionThe Coming Insurrection is an eloquent call to arms arising from the recent waves of social

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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 InsurrectionThe 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 capable of
"spreading 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struggles against immigration control and the "war on terror."Hot-wired to the movement of '77 in Italy, its preferred historical reference point, The Coming Insurrection formulates an ethics that takes as its starting point theft, sabotage, the refusal to work, and the elaboration of collective,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 life forms. 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 Beck Fox News, Glenn Beck Program

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

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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 Statesman

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584350804
Publisher:
Semiotexte/Smart Art
Publication date:
05/15/2009
Series:
Semiotext(e) / Intervention Series, #1
Pages:
136
Sales rank:
501,904
Product dimensions:
4.50(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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 Beck Fox News, Glenn Beck Program

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

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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 Statesman

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The Invisible Committee is a collective and anonymous pen name.

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The Coming Insurrection 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
An_American_PatriotSM More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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/
DanielB911 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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A-NH-Patriot More than 1 year ago
Many might wonder why I would consider this book a blessing and a curse. Let me explain first that I found this book to be the most disgusting, vile, hate filled piece of literature (I use that term very very loosely)that I have ever read and believe me I've read my fair share of tasteless despicable things in my time. Unfortunately because I love the United States and the very principles on which it was found upon I accept the fact that these sorts of manuscripts while be written and published because we as Americans are free to express our beliefs. I say that this book is a blessing and curse for two reasons. The first reason is that because this book is available to everyone irregardless of whether or not you agree with its contents or not, means that our freedoms in this great country have not yet been completely taken away from us. The second is that our first amendment allows everyones opinion and point of view to be heard, whether it is something as evil and disgusting as this book or if its is something that contributes to society and satisfies a persons thirst for true worth while knowledge. Our founders wanted it to be this way. It is not the fault of Glenn Beck or Barnes and Noble that this book exists. They have both in their own way done each and everyone in this country a serve because this book is being peddled to teenage kids who may not see the danger in believing and embracing the ideals in a book such as this. That is the real danger. If not for Glenn Beck many of us would have no idea this book existed, while impressionable young adults and teenagers are reading it under the guise of education. If not for Barnes and Nobles we might all have had a harder time finding a copy of this book so that we would be able to read it and draw our own conclusions. The book itself was interesting. It gives anyone who cares to look a chance to see inside the minds of radical progressives both on the right and on the left who believe and subscribe to the same ideals and principles expressed by those who wrote this book. I for one would rather keep my freedom, while having to be vigilant and aware of books such as this. Its not up to Barnes and Noble to censure the books they sell, that is what is done in China or Russia not here in the United States of America. It is up to parents to be aware of what their kids are reading and encourage discussions about politics, culture, and societies problems. Teach them how to think for themselves, to question things, and they will be very well prepared to resist attempts to by those who would try to tell them what to think. Even though this book is vile, disgusting and evil everyone should read it so that they can understand what real evil and hatred looks like.
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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
ForTheGood More than 1 year ago
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...