Poetry of the Future

“what we now need is a machine for fighting anxiety “

Thanks to the comrade who put me on to this…


“If the first wave provided a machine for fighting misery, and the second wave a machine for fighting boredom, what we now need is a machine for fighting anxiety – and this is something we do not yet have. If we see from within anxiety, we haven’t yet performed the “reversal of perspective” as the Situationists called it – seeing from the standpoint of desire instead of power. Today’s main forms of resistance still arise from the struggle against boredom, and, since boredom’s replacement by anxiety, have ceased to be effective.

Current militant resistance does not and cannot combat anxiety. It often involves deliberate exposure to high-anxiety situations.”


anarchism and communism in the rear view mirror

Ultra-left communism, communization, autonomous marxism, communism, insurrectionary anarchism, anti-state communism etc. So many of the labels and self-identifications thrown around today remind me of Marx’s passage, “And just as they seem to be occupied with revolutionizing themselves and things, creating something that did not exist before, precisely in such epochs of revolutionary crisis they anxiously conjure up the spirits of the past to their service, borrowing from them names, battle slogans, and costumes in order to present this new scene in world history in time-honored disguise and borrowed language.”

I am not sure whether journals like End Notes, Theorie Communiste etc can be called communist. Obviously not.  They see themselves as communization. Costumes are hard to change. Communism as the development agent of capitalism, is what communism will be known as in the 20th century. Hardly an enemy of capital.

Communism and anarchism as 19th and 20th century problematics might be more to the point. Where we go from here is much more difficult to see. What it will be called is only obscured by self labels like communism/ anarchism. All those people who refuse to be labeled might be correct. The C/A label only confuses things. Anytime someone says it, a litany of ‘ifs,’ ‘buts’ and further self clarifications follow. How appropriate considering the blood spilt in these traditions (especially the communist tradition).



Poetry of the future: Native from Everywhere

A graduate without a future in one of my classes said the following when asked if they were a native New Yorker: “I am not a native New Yorker, I am a native from everywhere”.

This person is also an army child. Their parents were in the military and they traveled all over the world.

So much of NYC politics is based around the authenticity of location.  It is paradoxical. Capital of all sorts is highly fluid and yet so much of our understanding of identity is stuck in place and time. Capital bends time and space…

This quote certainly warrants the award of poetry of the future. When someone asks you if you are a native of city X, all our responses should be “I am a native from everywhere.”

Machine Names

These are not just machine names, but subtly different strategies, conceptions, goals, subjectivities…If you think all these machines are the same, you have not lost your mind, and that is the first problem…

We must find each other…

The Anti Capitalist Tactical Machine
The Anti Police Strategy Machine
The Anti State Support Node
Anti Capitalist Rhizomes
Anti State Rhizomes

Counter Intelligence and Destruction Machine
Counter State and Attack Machine
Counter State and Fun Machine
Counter State and Musical Machine
Counter State and Go Association

The Advanced GO Association for Anti Capitalism Machine
GOing Against the State Machine
GOing Against Capital Rhizome