Spread Anarchy, Live Communism

The Invisible Committee

“Spread Anarchy, Live Communism” was a talk first delivered in NYC in 2011.  For a deeper and more precise exploration of the themes here, the reader is referred to their book, To Our Friends. Nonetheless, having read both, we continue to find aspects of this earlier text useful. Hence we see a sense in circulating it. April 2015

When we are looking for an enemy, we often start by projecting ourselves on an abstract scene, in which the world has disappeared. Let us ask ourselves the same question, but starting from the neighborhood where we live, from the company where we work, from the professional sector we are familiar with. Then the answer is clear; then the front lines can be distinctly seen, and who is on what side can easily be determined. This is because the question of the confrontation, the properly political question, only makes sense in a given world, in a substantial world. For those who are nowhere, cybernetic philosophers or metropolitan hipsters, the political question never makes sense.