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L'insurrection qui vient (Semiotext(e) / Intervention Series #1)

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  1,108 ratings  ·  133 reviews
Chaque secteur spécialisé de la connaissance fait à sa manière le constat d'un désastre. Les psychologues attestent d'inquiétants phénomènes de dissolution de la personnalité, d'une généralisation de la dépression qui se double, par points, de passages à l'acte fou. Les sociologues nous disent la crise de tous les rapports sociaux, l'implosion-recomposition des familles et ...more
Paperback, 125 pages
Published March 22nd 2007 by La Fabrique (first published 2007)
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Greg
Five fucking stars. With reservations.

This book says some very unpopular things that happen to be very true. You will most likely disagree with me on this. The book is essentially a stituationist manifesto for the present day. It's a book that has seen the bullshit that the sixties produced, the harmless liberalism, snide little self-righteous products like Adbusters, feel good community programs where priveleged suburbanites descend upon poor neighborhoods and enlighten the savages in some kin
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Max Renn
Some reviewers here have already said it and quite well. This is a situationist tract for the 21st century and it is less a plan or handbook than it is a sort of clear-eyed meditation. Think Hakim Bey's T.A.Z. shorn of its mysticism or the Unabomber manifesto written by someone who believes there is something to be salvaged in humanity.

It is true, there are ideas here that are explored in depth and better elsewhere but i dont think that is this books purpose. This books value is as a "get on the
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John
Finished at last. In review of this inflamatory little tract, let me start off with some background.

The Coming Insurrection has gained traction thanks to two readership groups. It is popular among anarchists as an expression of their thought and methods. It has also gained readership among the American "populist right" as a go-to treatise on "what the enemy thinks." For this we can thank Glen Beck. Say what you will about Beck, but he has actually made deeper discourse about his pet issues poss
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Hadrian
In bad times, one must write manifestos.

This is less than an active handbook for active resistance than an indictment, a prosecution, a rant. It has unreserved cynicism for not just the Negri-Imperial style of economic/political power, but also the easy comforting hedonism of the 1960s, and the 'organic' 'we can still enjoy the fruits of modern industry and extraction and not feel guilty about it' capitalism.

Being as picky as I am, I'd like more citations than fancy rousing slogans, more action
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Tim Pendry
A remarkable book - the best recent expression to date of the 'rage against the machine' that has been emerging for some time at the margins of European life.

This is an intellectual version of a rage that is usually focused on direct action. The bulk of the book appears, despite its claims to come from 'The Invisible Committee', to be drafted primarily by one highly creative and rather witty voice but the impulse here is precisely that fuelling riots in Athens on the one side and the laying of
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Eric Bauer
An utter piece of trash. A bunch of people with no lives pushing for the cause of socialism or communism (it's hard to tell at times) based on no facts and terrible logic and sweeping generalizations. This is the book that is supposedly inspiring widespread violent protests in Greece, France, and London, and may possibly have an impact in some circles here in America in the near future.
Karen
All you have to do is look at what is happening in Greece to see what is wrong with the ranting of this text. Socialism plus a call to arms; if you believe in this "stuff" then it and you are scary.
Cathy
There are those among us whose goal is to disrupt and decompose civilization as we know it. What would they replace it with? Well, communes. Communes with no real leaders or government -- just a bunch of people doing their own thing. First of all, these deluded young people who think this might be a good idea don't really understand anything about human nature, the purpose of government, or society in general. They are angry hopeless youths who don't care about anything or anyone. How did they g ...more
Lesliemae
I read this work as an academic exercise in manifesto composition. The exercise was simply to read the manifesto and emulate its style with regard to something that resonates with your own experience. As the Invisible Committee was made up, obviously, of more than one individual writing - we needed to be in a group of at least three writers, writing simultaneously (once launched with a topic) that we then cobbled together into our manifesto.

This was our final product:


We're sipping scummy pints
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Ben
This essay is more a poetic indictment of post-industrial civilization than an advocation of a coherent political program. As poetic indictment of contemporary living it's very elegant and astute; as political program -- insofar as its rather romantic elaboration of communes could be said to constitute one -- it's suggestive at best, naive at worst. (Anyone remember running into all those books from the '70s detailing the train wrecks that became of many a 1960s' commune??)

If it's true that the
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Ted Heitz
Thankfully, this falls short on inspiration. Unfortunately, it is a seed being planted worldwide in misdirected youth. Premise is a new call to action to intentionally invoke crises that the "left" control in a way where they come out in power. Communism run rampant. Read if you're already established and strong willed as an American. It's a peek in the mind of the enemy at best.
Éamon
This book, this treatise, does what other political treatises try to do, but more effectively and without so much of the atroprop.

The invisible comittee very fluently translates our world and recent history into words which may reach not just the ones who already know about these conditions and coming insurrection, but also to those who may wonder a bit at what is happening around them and what they can do to help hasten the fall of the authority.

While I didn't understand a lot of the references
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Dachokie
Cowardly Rebels without a Cause ..., April 12, 2010

The best thing about the book is that it is brief and somewhat entertaining. The worst thing about the book is that there will inevitably be a handful (or more) that will worship every word of every disorganized chapter ... an follow through with its instruction.

Essentially, this is a call to anarchy by who? A group of disgruntled STUDENTS so distraught with the way of the world that they feel the need to convince others (of lesser "intellect")
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Jesse Schexnayder
This is the self-destructing blueprint of Anonymous and Occupy Wall Street. The media has presented these protestors as the "best" of America, but many of these oh-so-earnest activists, railing against the evils of Wall St., don't seem to realize that they're being played.

The goal, as stated here, is some idyllic fantasy world composed of spiritually gentrified communes. It is communism, of course, but the not the old, flawed, stale varieties with its police brutality and bureaucratic buffoonery
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Richard Kelly
Well, this book has a bad reputation with law abiding people and it has a good reputation with... the others. It kinda deserves neither.

The book itself is writting poorly more like someone who feels they are better than everyone else. It just feels somewhat pompous. But this is not the kind of book you read for its literary merits.

The information could be dangerous in a way. It talks about how to think during urban warfare, why you should try to overthrow a government, why you should form polit
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Lyn
Pozoruhodný text. A zároveň nevměstnatelný do rozmezí jedné až pěti hvězdiček nebo do krátké a líbivé věty, o čem že to vlastně je. Programově anonymní esej, který popisuje nesmiřitelné problémy „současného světa“ a zároveň akční pamflet, který má ukázat cestu ven... Velmi přístupné převyprávění společenské situace, makroekonomických vztahů a městských nepokojů nového milénia. Velmi radikální, velmi politické, velmi kritické.

Hned na úvod se sluší přiznat, že mi tu chybí pevná půda pod nohama – n
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Trane
I love a good revolutionary polemic and The Coming Insurrection certainly fits the bill with its fierce rejection of mainstream Left political solutions and its cry for revolutionary anarcho-communalist insurrection. There are several incisive critiques leveled in this text —though they don't really break much new ground if you've mixed a bit of the anarchist canon in with your Adorno, Marcuse, Foucault, Debord, and etc. The Coming Insurrection is at its best when critiquing the way in which org ...more
Julian
Pretty weak and unsubstantial, in the end. I've been pretty critical of the "event" that this book seems to have become, before having read it, and now that I've read it I'm pretty confused as to what all the fuss is about. I'd be interested in talking with sensible people who actually liked this book though. It also wasn't as good as Call, in my mind, which was both shorter and written years before, which doesn't seem to bode well for the theoretical/intellectual future of the Invisible Committ ...more
Craig Keen
I really like this book. It is better than "four stars" would indicate. Perhaps it would have been fairer to give it five stars. I think the only reason I would not do that is that the prescription for a new world seems to be still subordinate to the world as it stands, even if it is a disruptive one. However, the analysis of our world strikes me as very faithful to the world I live in. The hope for na anarchic mode of intimate sociality is also really right, I think. This is a very quick and ho ...more
josh
DOWN WITH CAPITALISM! DOWN WITH INDIVIDUALISM! DOWN WITH REASONABLE COGNITION! POLITICS AND LIFE ARE NOT SEPARATE REALMS! ONLY WITH THE RISE OF COMMUNISM CAN WE SURVIVE!

This has to be the most insulting book I have ever come across (did MIT actually publish this?). It is truly nothing but a graceless, laughable diatribe that, in a horrendous fashion, outlines the pseudo-philosophy of "The Invisible Committee" (lol), which mostly involves them trying to convince the reader that an anti-capitalist
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Malcolm
‘The Invisible Committee’, many of whom attained a larger than expected public profile as ‘the Tarnac 9’ when the French Government charged plotting to blow up train lines, mount a powerful argument to stop waiting for social change for the better and start making it. One of the things commentators on this manifesto are prone to say is that this book was a key part of the evidence in the unsuccessful prosecution of the Tarnac 9 (this statement is also made at the outset of this edition); all thi ...more
Lisa Faye
This book is a long, revolutionary poem. I suggest you read it aloud.

I generally only give five stars to books that really challenge or outright change my thoughts on a subject. This book has challenged, and with more thought may change, my thinking about negative growth, pacifism, and the environmental movement - to name a few. There is plenty to critique here, but I think that the discussions this book starts are crucial.
Jacob
This book left me pretty creeped out. It's hard to believe there are really people this delusional. I also find it hard to trust anyone who thinks socialism and scamming the government are the answers to all the world's problems.
Joshua Lee
I puked on this book. I hid it behind my bed because I'm borrowing it from my roommate.
Troy Friendimension
This book is so emotionally explosive. It furthered my insights into the tradition of the French hating work, which is such a rich tradition and makes for very powerful and interesting literature. I feel that this text offers no final solution to capitalism, that it is more of a romanticism amongst the ruins and it is beautiful in that sense. The phrase "flee all milieus!" really resonated with. I feel that escaping the system is more of a romantic project than dismantling it or attempting to br ...more
Yoel
white radicals' wet dream
Debarun
"It’s no longer in Paris that the most daring and consistent actions are carried out. To put it bluntly, Paris now stands out only as a target for raids, as a pure terrain to be pillaged and ravaged. Brief and brutal incursions from the outside strike at the metropolitan flows at their point of maximum density. Rage streaks across this desert of fake abundance, then vanishes. A day will come when this capital and its horrible concretion of power will lie in majestic ruins, but it will be at the ...more
Darran Mclaughlin
I don't think this book would be getting tallked about if it wasn't for external circumstances (i.e. the French riots of a few years ago, the Greek riots and the government crackdown on some student types that were living in a commune in the French countryside because they are thought to be the masterminds behind this book).



The book itself is fairly typical anarchist/revolutionary rhetoric that doesn't seem to say anything that has not been said before. It doesn't seem to offer anything other t
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Subvert
I bought this pamphlet earlier this year in order to figure out a bit more about insurrectionary anarchism. I expected to mostly disagree with it, but it's good to challenge yourself with different viewpoints. I remember reading the last page with the short description of how the world would look like after the "events", it seemed very much like an anarchist's wet-dream; a silly unrealistic utopia. Now I've finished it I actually liked and agreed with it more than I expected, but I do have serio ...more
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