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If I were to write a review of the book it would simply be: it is a good book, you should read it hell, you can even downloaded it for free, so there is no excuse not to. This is intended instead as a series of provocations for further reflection. I think that it might be useful to situate the book alongside previous waves of translation and adaption. There is a crucial difference, however, and that is the fact that the case of the first two this translation was primarily academic. While Autonomia existed for a long time as a para-academic field, traveling through reading groups and issues of Semiotext e until the publication of Empire, which made it part of mainstream academia, for better or worse , it was still the case that actions such as auto-reduction, the strategy of refusal, and pirate radio were read about rather than enacted.

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Theory Edit In communist political theory, communization is the process of abolishing ownership of the means of production , which, in societies dominated by the capitalist mode of production , are owned by individual capitalists, states , or other collective bodies. In other programs, such as those of some left communists e. Peter Kropotkin , communization means the abolition of property itself along with any state-like institutions claiming to represent a given subset of humanity.

In these accounts humanity as a whole, directly or indirectly, would take over the task of the production of goods for use and not for exchange. People would then have free access to those goods rather than exchanging labor for money, and distribution would take place according to the maxim " from each according to his ability, to each according to his need.

In State and Revolution , Vladimir Lenin referred to the lower phase, organized around the principle " To each according to his contribution ", as "socialism", with the higher phase as "complete communism", or "full communism", as Joseph Stalin would later put it.

Thus both Lenin and Stalin gave grounds for thinking of communization not as a transition from capitalism to communism, but as a transition from socialism to communism, a transition that would take place after the working class had seized power, and which may last a long time in the s Stalin conceived of "full communism" as still a long way off [4].

It appears that within so-called "communist" regimes the demand for "communization" was associated with an impatience with the "period of transition" and a desire to break with the remaining capitalist forms e. Late 20th century Edit The association of the term communization with a self-identified " ultra-left " was cemented in France in the s, where it came to describe not a transition to a higher phase of communism but a vision of communist revolution itself.

There would not be first a period of insurrection and then later, thanks to this insurrection, the transformation of social reality. The insurrectional process derives its force from communisation itself. It also reversed the supposed "pragmatism" of the Leninist focus on the state, arguing that the final goal of the " withering away of the state " could hardly be advanced by the seizure of state power and the establishment of a "revolutionary" bureaucracy, but that the most practical means to achieve this goal would rather be the abolition of the capitalist relations money, capital, wages on which state power depends.

Thus La Banquise writes: "one can foresee that a movement of communisation that destroys the State, undermines the social base of the enemy, and spreads under the effect of the irresistible appeal arousing the birth of new social relations between men, will bond together the revolutionary camp far better than any power which, while waiting to conquer the world before communising it, would behave no differently than Early 21st century Edit In the late s a close but not identical sense of "communization" was developed by the French post-situationist group Tiqqun.

Together these collectives have recently collaborated to produce Sic — an international journal of communisation issue number one was published in

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Theory Edit In communist political theory, communization is the process of abolishing ownership of the means of production , which, in societies dominated by the capitalist mode of production , are owned by individual capitalists, states , or other collective bodies. In other programs, such as those of some left communists e. Peter Kropotkin , communization means the abolition of property itself along with any state-like institutions claiming to represent a given subset of humanity. In these accounts humanity as a whole, directly or indirectly, would take over the task of the production of goods for use and not for exchange. People would then have free access to those goods rather than exchanging labor for money, and distribution would take place according to the maxim " from each according to his ability, to each according to his need. In State and Revolution , Vladimir Lenin referred to the lower phase, organized around the principle " To each according to his contribution ", as "socialism", with the higher phase as "complete communism", or "full communism", as Joseph Stalin would later put it. Thus both Lenin and Stalin gave grounds for thinking of communization not as a transition from capitalism to communism, but as a transition from socialism to communism, a transition that would take place after the working class had seized power, and which may last a long time in the s Stalin conceived of "full communism" as still a long way off [4].

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