The Resonance Project
“A revolutionary movement doesn’t spread by contamination, but by resonance. Something that builds up in one place resounds with the shock-wave emitted by something that builds up in another. The resounding body resounds in its own way. An insurrection is not like the spread of a plague or a forest fire – a linear process spreading out from nearby place to nearby place, starting from an initial spark. Rather it is something that takes form like music, and its burning hearths manage to impose the rhythm of their own vibration, even if dispersed through time and space. And to grow ever more vast. To the point where a return to normalcy is no longer desirable, or even conceivable.”
History once again appears open before us. The accumulation of capital has led to crises within the productive, reproductive and environmental spheres. The outcomes of these ruptures from the rhythm’s of capitalist management are not yet clear. As states and global institutions struggle to implement another round of capitalist accumulation based upon financial austerity, bio-political discipline and ecological modernisation, flashpoints of resistance are emerging from within the social field. From Greece to Strasbourg, from Oaxaca to Copenhagen, autonomous resistance to capitalist processes emerge and resonate across the globe.
The key questions this blog is interested in are strategic ones. It is clear that the capitalist mode of production must be replaced with one based upon communist principles, however a world free of exploitation will not emerge spontaneously. The key question that must be asked is not whether capitalism needs replacing, but “what must be done” to achieve this. What strategies, tactics and alliances can help spread the communist project? In what ways are our movements entwined with sovereign power and in what forms can this power be resisted, subverted or avoided? How do we respond and maintain relevance to our ever shifting material reality? This blog hopes to be a space where such questions can, at least, be articulated if not answered. Our “answers” can only emerge through the collective inteligence that exists within our movements.