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Coming Insurrection, The (Intervention #1)

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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 adeq ...more
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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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John
Mar 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Max Renn
Jul 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Philippe Malzieu
France live in a revolutionary nostalgia. Many people dream of a Great Evening when damned of the earth will remove their chains, the rich person will be hung with butcher's hooks, a new man will appear in a new era. And then there is this old French passion: the Trotskyism. All the media leader are old Trotskyist.There is thus this conviction that a small group determined is sufficient to take the power. This book goes in this direction. It is a genuine handy guide, including stopping a train. ...more
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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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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Ben
Jul 20, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Eric Bauer
Aug 26, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Saleem
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
life changing
Karen
Jun 03, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Myles
Apr 03, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you stapled together four hundred deeply cynical French fortune cookie fortunes, you might end up with something like this tripe, which relies on slogans, speculation, and some oddly translated half-logic that probably sounds better after a few snifters of Calvados.
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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É O'Conghaile
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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Trane
Dec 09, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 or ...more
Cathy
Feb 28, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Ted Heitz
Sep 03, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: geopolitical
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.
Stuart
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally, an excellent short take on hard left radical self-organization. It's french so it still delves into theory far more than it should and only treats praxis as a rhetorical device, but I really liked the idea of assemblies as new modes of communal existence rather than decision-making apparatuses. Absolutely worth a read if you're doing any serious leftwork.
Malcolm
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘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
Camille
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
Les critiques du livre à lire ci-dessous sont éloquentes : entre ceux qui pointent la justesse des arguments et la poésie révolutionnaire du livre, et ceux qui y voient les délires de jeunes "heavy medicated", ou qui clament qu'ils "vomissent" les écrits politiques de gauche, il est évident qu'un livre si clairement orienté politiquement ne peut toucher qu'un public particulier, tout comme il en révulsera un autre. En fin de compte, "L'insurrection qui vient" a déjà trouvé ses lecteurs.
C'est pou
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Dachokie
Jul 29, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
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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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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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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Evelyn Eve
Jul 21, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sociology
This book brings up some rather interesting points, I do admit. It calls out many of the hypocritical and depressing aspects of society and culture, and drives home these points rather well. However, I have to question the intent of the ones rallying the call to arms.

When reading these kinds of matters, you have to ask:

"Who gains from such an uprising?"

The answer is simple:

The ones calling for the rebellion.

Any time people get sick and tired of the current "powers that be" people such as this ar
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Yasemin Şahin
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: di-er
Türkiye'de 27 Mayıs 2013 itibariyle başlayan halk isyanının tam da başladığı haftalarında okuduğum bu kitap beni benden almıştır. 2008 Yılında Paris'te terörist ilan edilen sekiz kişi tarafından kaleme alınmış bu kitap tam bir halk isyanı anatomisi gibidir. Paris, Londra, Atina, Tahrir meydanlarındaki ayaklanmaların hepsini birleştiren ruhun manifestosu gibidir. Tüm gezi direnişi sürecinde kimsenin şimdi ne olacağını bilmediği, en barışçıl söylemleri en içinden gelerek dillendirdiği, kendi dilin ...more
Troy Richter
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
Craig Keen
Sep 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: these
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
Lisa Faye
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-favourites
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.
Valdemar Gomes
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's beautiful insurrectional poetry, a dystopification of current times. Although I've only managed to appreciate most of their pratical solutions as metaphors and basically, by considering this a work of fiction and fiction only. Beautiful but not to be taken seriously.

I agree with this article a lot http://www.anarkismo.net/article/18041
Jacob
Jul 18, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Charles
Apr 30, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, politics
Un lyrisme certes inspirant mais qui s'abstrait crûment de toute grille matérialiste. Beaucoup de jeux de mots, de jeux *sur* les mots, confusion d'un vocabulaire psychanalytique, politique et philosophique.
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"The Invisible Committee" in English. An anonymous French anarchist group.
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