Monday — 12.16.13 — Communization — Week 13

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Monday — 12.16.13 — Communization — Week 13

0. About Monday
1. Suggestions for Monday
2. Point of Departure

0. About Monday (Common/s Course)

What: Common(s) Course Meeting / Conversation
When: Monday, December 16 (from 5:15 to 7:15)
Where: 16 Beaver Street, 4th floor
Who: Free and open to all

specifically, by its production. Indeed communist measures must be
differentiated from communism; they are not embryos of communism, rather
they are its production. Communization is not a period of transition, but
rather, revolution itself is the communist production of communism. The
struggle against capital is what differentiates communist measures and

result of doing something. This activity or process is one that is
apparently tautological: communization is the production of communism by
communization: the communist production of communism.

Communization is (nothing less than) a theory of revolution, developed out
of the French ultra-left during the mid-1970s. It poses the necessity for

us with a roadmap to withdraw the community of money? How to understand
processes and discourses of communization, commoning, sharing, and free
cooperation as distinct from one another and more importantly from
relations of hierarchy and exchange?

We will outline our exploration of communization with a set of readings
that introduce different strands of this tradition and debates. We
encourage those who come to choose at least one reading to focus on and
prepare some points, questions, reflection on/around.

1. Suggestions for Monday

What is Communisation?
Leon de Mattis
SIC: International Journal for Communisation (1:2011)

A World Without Money: Communism
Les Amis de 4 Millions de Jeunes Travailleurs
Part 1:
Part 2:

Bring Out Your Dead
Introduction to Endnotes 1

additional reading:
Why Communisation?


Invisible Politics: An Introduction to Contemporary Communisation
John Cunningham

2. Point of Departure

“From the beginning of class society, money and value have been the
symbols of domination. They became the supreme instruments for it in
capitalism. Hence, no equality can come from the use of a means whose very
existence is based on inequality. As long as there will be money, there
will be rich and poor, powerful and dominated, masters and slaves.

“In our opinion, communisation will be the moment when struggle will make
possible, as a means for its continuation, the immediate production of
communism. By communism we mean a collective organisation that has got rid
of all the mediations which, at present, serve society by linking
individuals among them : money, the state, value, classes, etc. …
Communisation is not an aim, it is not a project. It is nothing else than
a path. But in communism the goal is the path, the means is the end.
Revolution is precisely the moment when one gets out of the categories of
the capitalist mode of production. This exit is already prefigured in

massive exit that destroys everything in its passage is an exit.”

– Leon de Mattis, What is Communisation?