By John Holloway
It is a new, up to date version of John Holloway's acclaimed consultant to the politics of revolution and protest. The wave of political demonstrations for the reason that Seattle have crystallised a brand new development in left-wing politics. glossy protest events are grounding their activities in either Marxism and Anarchism, scuffling with for radical social swap in phrases that experience not anything to do with the taking of kingdom strength. this is often in transparent competition to the conventional Marxist thought of revolution which centres on taking country energy. during this ebook, John Holloway asks how we will be able to reformulate our knowing of revolution because the fight opposed to energy, now not for energy. After a century of failed makes an attempt via progressive and reformist activities to result in radical social switch, the concept that of revolution itself is in concern. John Holloway opens up the theoretical debate, reposing a few of the uncomplicated techniques of Marxism in a serious improvement of the subversive Marxist culture represented by way of Adorno, Bloch and Lukacs, among others, and level-headed in a rethinking of Marx's notion of 'fetishisation'-- how doing is reworked into being.
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It is value. It is capital, accumulated value. That which the capitalists ‘own’ – capital – has pushed the capitalists aside. They are capitalists only to the extent that they are loyal servants of capital. The very significance of ownership falls into the background. Capital acquires a dynamic of its own and the leading members of society are quite simply its most loyal servants, its most servile courtiers. This is true not only of capitalists themselves, but also of politicians, civil servants, professors, and so on.
It is capital, accumulated value. That which the capitalists ‘own’ – capital – has pushed the capitalists aside. They are capitalists only to the extent that they are loyal servants of capital. The very significance of ownership falls into the background. Capital acquires a dynamic of its own and the leading members of society are quite simply its most loyal servants, its most servile courtiers. This is true not only of capitalists themselves, but also of politicians, civil servants, professors, and so on.
Likewise, the separation of existence from constitution is a real illusion, a real process in which existence never ceases to depend on constitution. The definition of the done as private property is the negation of the sociality of doing, but this too is a real illusion, a real process in which private property never ceases to depend on the sociality of doing. The rupture of doing does not mean that doing ceases to be social, simply that it becomes indirectly social. 32 Change the World Without Taking Power Capital is based not on the ownership of people but on the ownership of the done and, on that basis, of the repeated buying of people’s power-to-do.