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What is Tiqqun's theory of the Commune?

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Or is it the Invisible Committee? Shit is so 2009, what do current insurrectionaries mean by it now?
asked Jun 12, 2012 by anonymous
One of the things that has deterred me from investigating Tiqqun's views more has been their use of specialized jargon that mystifies and obfuscates their views.  There has been some theory on language that an increasingly specialized language protects these views from entropy, but I'd have to disagree.

The changing face of an academia and off-academia (like off-broadway) will re-interpret "commune" and "communization" just as they re-interpreted the terms for their own use.  In order for these terms to be used by anarchists, we have to remove them somewhat from the academic discourse and place them within a more assessable jargon where it can be applied without a great deal of confusion.

I could posit that "communization" is a negative project and "commune" is the irl social network that works to achieve this negative project.  This would make the definition more applicable to descriptions of the Oakland Commune or the Atlanta Commune as they seems to use it.

Long story short: Communes are larger social forms, a TAZ, that share in the development of social cohesion around attack.  So informal networks of individuals, affinity groups and collectives that meet in assembly, share in culture, scene and a sense of community, perhaps also with overlapping networks that share necessities in a limited way, skills in a limited way and so on.  Organic blobs of individuals coming together and breaking apart, perhaps moving from tight affinities with some to loose affinities with others.  This sounds almost like an answer, but since I don't have the language to answer this question in a more direct way, I'll leave it as a comment.



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I have not read everything they've written but so far I haven't come across anything by them that specifically theorizes about 'the commune.' I don't want to say they haven't said anything about it, but I haven't read it. They do however talk about 'terrible communities,' and communism as an immediate material practice. And you are at least vaguely on the right track in implying a connection with contemporary north american insurrectionists.

(Tiqqun is a magazine.  I think The Invisible Committee is the group of people who wrote the book The Coming Insurrection. I think most of them were also involved in making Tiqqun.)

For information about communization the main thing to read is Communization and its Discontents by Benjamin Noys.

hpwombat, if you coined the term off-academia then I pronounce you wittiest person of the month, seriously that is a good term
answered Sep 5, 2012 by asker (7,680 points)
Don't they have an actual commune somewhere?  I have heard of it, but don't know anything about it.  I would be super curious to hear about it though.

edited to make comment
Some of the people involved in writing Tiqqun lived in a farmhouse in a village called Tarnac until they were arrested. I don't think the current status of this house is really public knowledge and it's probably just as well that it isn't.


Also here is an uncommonly good vice.com article about tarnac and the commune: http://www.vice.com/read/vive-le-tarnac-nine-407-v17n4