Kevin from Team Colors is giving a talk titled “New Readings of Marx in American Autonomist Marxism (Some Preliminary Thoughts)” during the proceedings of the MARX’S CRITIQUE OF POLITICAL ECONOMY AND THE GLOBAL CRISIS TODAY Conference taking place in New York April 6 and 7, 2017. That conference include lectures by Harry Cleaver, Silvia Federici, George Caffentzis, Peter Bell, Dorthy Kidd, Chris Carlsson, Nick Dyer-Witheford, and others.
For more information on the conference see the schedule here.
By Kevin Van Meter of Team Colors (AK Press, 2017)
Behind the smiling faces of cashiers, wait staff, and workers of all sorts, a war is going on, usually without the knowledge of official political and labor organizations. Guerrillas of Desire begins with a provocation: The Left is wrong. It’s historical and current strategies are too-often based on the assumption that working and poor people are unorganized, acquiescent to systems of domination, or simply uninterested in building a new world. The fact is, as C.L.R. James has noted, they “are rebelling every day in ways of their own invention”: pilfering, sabotaging, faking illnesses, squatting, fleeing, and counter-strategizing. Kevin Van Meter maps these undercurrents, documenting the history of everyday resistance under slavery, in peasant life, and throughout modern capitalism, while showing that it remains an important factor in revolution and something radicals of all stripes must understand.
The Meaning Of “1984” And “Brave New World” In These Trumpian Times
By Kevin Van Meter, Speakout of Truthout | Op-Ed
“Alternative Facts.” “The media is the opposition party.” “National Day of Patriotic Devotion.” Short poignant phrases that very well could have been written by an ailing Eric Arthur Blair in a cottage on the Isle of Jura. It was the winter of 1946 and Blair, who had taken the pen name George Orwell 14 years prior, had sought a temporary reprieve from post-World War II London in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. The work that occupied his mind: 1984. Since the utterance of these short, distressing phrases by members of the Trump regime, sales of 1984 have boomed, as the Guardian pounced: “Sales of George Orwell’s 1984 surge after Kellyanne Conway’s ‘alternative facts’.” Dozens and dozens of subsequent articles on the book have appeared in the days since.
Following the publication of “Freely Disassociating” by Perspectives on Anarchist Theory in June 2015, this new article by Kevin Van Meter of Team Colors advances an argument for anarchism based in commonly produced principles as a way of extending the call to disassociate from radical movements as they are currently composed.
“Insurgent Islands: A Continuing Conversation on Anarchism with Principles,” begins by criticizing current radical movements: “Our increasingly ideological anarchism is defined by theoretical practices: the setting of ones own limitations rather than common horizons; obsession with imaginary relations instead of relations between anarchism’s collective imagination and the ability to collectivize them in the world; and there is not a Yes to many, many No’s reversing the call for ‘One No, Many Yeses.'”
“Insurgent Islands” remains confident in “undercurrents of desire / islands of insurgency,” the “rich, substantive history of revolutionary ideas and practices,” and the possibilities of the revolutionary project. As an intervention, this “is an appeal for experimentation, for developing concrete strategies, and grounding our politics in lived experiences, using mechanisms such as community dialogues, and producing principles.”
The Institute for Anarchist Studies is hosting a conversation between Team Colors member Kevin Van Meter and activist Scott Campbell on anarchism with principles. Much appreciation goes out to the IAS for providing the space to have this discussion.
During a time of ecological crisis, unprecedented inequality and exploitation, the endless imposition of waged and unwaged work, and untold violence against people of color, immigrants, unhoused, women and gender non-conforming peoples, white revolutionaries in the United States have decided to direct their struggles inward. To address this Van Meter suggests we should freely disassociate from radical movements, as they are currently composed.
Van Meter’s “Freely Disassociating: Three Stories on Contemporary Radical Movements” was generously replied to in Campbell’s “Towards an Anarchism with Principles: A Response to ‘Freely Disassociating.’”
To further the conversation on the proposal for anarchism with principles Van Meter replied with “A Response to Scott Campbell.” As argued in the response, “Contemporary radical movements, we both concur, would benefit greatly from acting intentionally, reflecting frequently, responding reasonably, and criticizing thoroughly.”
In the coming weeks a follow up to “Freely Disassociating,” titled “Insurgent Islands: A Continuing Conversation on Anarchism with Principles,” will be circulated as well.
5 October 2015. Grace Lee Boggs, Detroit revolutionary and luminary, passed away today at the age of 100.
Stevie Peace and the Team Colors collective interviewed Grace for our 2010 AK Press collection Uses of a Whirlwind. To honor her passing and to continue her work we are quite pleased to share this interview with you.
Read a copy of the interview here.
During a time of ecological crisis, unprecedented inequality and exploitation, the endless imposition of waged and unwaged work, and untold violence against people of color, immigrants, unhoused, women and gender non-conforming peoples, white revolutionaries in the United States have decided to direct their struggles inward. Kevin from Team Colors shares some of his thoughts about moving on and onward.
Read the essay published by the Institute of Anarchist Studies / Perspectives on Anarchist Theory here.
Craig Hughes, Stevie Peace, and Kevin Van Meter from Team Colors will be hosting a panel at the 2015 Fighting Inequality conference to take place in at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. from May 28th to the 31st 2015. Fighting Inequality is the joint conference of the Working-Class Studies Association and the Labor and Working-Class History Association. And we are quite pleased to be joining an amazing group of scholars and activists. Join us if you can.
Work, Crisis, Apocalypse?!: The Power and Promise of Autonomist Marxism in the US
Sunday, May 31, 2015
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Session 12)