This is a call, an invitation, an offering, a proposal. On something we’ve been trying, continuing with rather stubbornly, against what many forces around us nudges us toward. We hope this discussion on “living communism” can be a space to share experiences and ideas, to brainstorm, to encourage and inspire each other. If it simply becomes another place, another event, to critique, deconstruct, problematize, to contemplate and ponder, it will be yet another missed opportunity.
for us, communism is not simply an ideology, discourse, or method of analysis, but a set of relations, a mode of being; something not measured by our list of publications, but rather our daily lives.
These dinners are part of a strategy to resist what our lives have and will become if we don’t get organized: atomized and dispersed; individualized and isolated; precarious and vulnerable: defeated. This means initiating and following-through with a set of practices and relations; being consistent and reliable; establishing the material foundation for a new form of life.
Above: Birmingham police injured by rocks thrown by protesters, May 7, 1963 (AP Photo) “My dream has become a nightmare,” Martin Luther King said in 1967, as a government he’d hoped could end racism and poverty instead escalated towards genocide in Vietnam. Protesters in America would need to flirt with guerilla warfare before that particular nightmare […]
“Franny is listening to a program on wolves. I say to her, Would you like to be a wolf? She answers haughtily, How stupid, you can’t be one wolf, you’re always eight or nine, six or seven.” -Deleuze & Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus (1980) 1. After an absence of 70 years, the wolf is back. […]
While Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio wooed Manhattan liberals with his Duarte Square “Transition Tent”, the city’s dispossessed know that progress will never appear as an option on a public ballot. As fantastic as the end of Stop-and-Frisk, universal Pre-K, the decriminalization of marijuana, or whatever else the former pro-Sandinista had in mind, these are likely […]
To be present together, in this miserable city, to gather, out in the cold, to demonstrate, outside of this horrific building, against this attempt, to correct all those who reject the laws of the metropole; to be a nuisance, to cause a scene, to disrupt, or prevent, or block this non-life which flows all around […]
Saturday, December 21st 2013, 8PM The Base 1302 Myrtle Avenue, NY 11221 $3 Suggested Donation Join us Saturday at the Base for a winter solstice communal dinner and potluck. We’ll cook a simple vegan meal, but encourage others to bring some foodstuffs as well: fruits, vegetables to cook or eat raw, breads and cheeses, wines […]
Discussion/présentation avec un camarade de New York du collectif “Year Zero/Group Affect” sur les suites du mouvement Occupy Wall Street. Jeudi 12 – 19h30 Le collectif “New York Year Zero” est né suite au mouvement d’Occupy Wall Street à New York pour s’organiser et se retrouver face à la dispersion, la dépression et le retour à la normale, […]
Those brave enough to prick their pins in the inflated arrogance of these murders must be prepared for the absurd, howling reaction of the collaborationists: Brutalizing and criminalizing with the ultimate intent of silencing the voices and deadening the nerves that cry out.
Please join us for a day of creating and distributing non-digital agitation/propaganda.
This is a chance to give ourselves the time and space to eat and talk and find each other; to directly counter the dispersal and isolation that seem more and more to define our everyday lives. We want to move more towards collectively sustaining ourselves outside of our individual relations with the marketplace and state—we want to achieve greater material autonomy collectively.
by L. Raymond Most people I know who actively work for social justice make an effort to ignore Chris Hedges. When he puked up a nasty little screed demonizing militancy in the Occupy movement last year, Hedges – in the words of Occupy Wall Street organizer Amin Husain – “almost derailed us”  (Sadly, Amin was wrong about the “almost” part). […]
All are invited to an open communal dinner and potluck at the Base this Saturday, October 26th at 7 PM. We’ll be cooking a simple vegan meal, but encourage others to bring food as well: fruits, vegetables to cook or eat raw, breads and cheeses, wines and juices, sweets–whatever you want to bring, cook, share with others. [...]
At the stroke of midnight, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) workers shut down the West Coast’s largest urban rail system, crippling essential infrastructure throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. But already, union leaders from SEIU, ATU, and AFSCME are seeking to control the strike’s natural momentum, limit its impact, and dictate its message. We as […]