Kevin from the Team Colors Collective has joined the Mutual Aid Speakers Bureau, a project of the Institute for Anarchist Studies.
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Between Everyday Resistance and Overt Rebellion: Revolutionary Possibilities!: A conversation between Alexander Riccio and Kevin Van Meter
Alexander Riccio, a labor organizer based in Corvallis, Oregon who co-hosts the podcast LabourWave Revolution Radio, talks with Kevin Van Meter, author of Institute for Anarchist Studies/AK Press book Guerrillas of Desire: Notes on Everyday Resistance and Organizing to Make a Revolution Possible.
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“All revolutions start as the basic refusal of an oppressed person to follow along with the rules of their own subservience. The autonomous Marxist tradition breaks from many understanding of economics and history to say that it is what it calls “Working Class Self-Activity” that brings about crisis.”
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One of the premiere writers and organizers in the Autonomist Marxist tradition, Kevin Van Meter unpacks the currents of “everyday resistance” that have driven working class self-activity for centuries. As the core of all organizing and resistance, everyday resistance has the kernels of revolutionary politics within it as it emerges from the dreams and desire that motivates people to stand up and take back from their oppressors.
This talk was given at Powell’s Books on Hawthorne in Portland, Oregon. Video done by Daniel Vincent and Shane Burley. Van Meter is introduced by Lara Messersmith-Glavin, board member of the Institute of Anarchist Studies, which co-published Guerrillas of Desire with AK Press.
Join the School of History, Philosophy and Religion at Oregon State University for a conversation with Kevin Van Meter, author of Guerrillas of Desire, about revolution, organizing, and everyday resistance.
Kevin Van Meter, author of Guerrillas of Desire: Notes on Everyday Resistance and Organizing to Make a Revolution Possible, addresses the vital political question “What is in Working Class?” in an excerpt from the book just published by the Hampton Institute: A Working-Class Think Tank.
“Drawing on Autonomist Marxism, both in its American and European guises, this excerpt from Guerrillas of Desire: Notes on Everyday Resistance and Organizing to Make a Revolution Possible (AK Press, 2017) offers a conception of the working class that seeks to augment vague definitions of class and reinvigorate class politics in contemporary US revolutionary movements. However, a substantive, broad, and grounded definition is insufficient in-itself. Rather, an expanded and enhanced conception of class will require a process of workers’ inquiry and radical organizing to result in a strengthening of working class power vis-à-vis capitalism and the state-apparatus, or what autonomists call class recomposition. For the working class, as Glaberman and Faber’s note, is already struggling and it is the role of the organizer, the revolutionary, the militant to encounter, record, amplify, and circulate these struggles.”
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