Quartermasters of Stadiums and Cemeteries: Normative Insurrectionism and the Under-theorization of Revolutionary Strategy

  • Joshua Moufawad-Paul York University
Keywords: strategy, militarism, pacification, insurrection, Marxism

Abstract

In this article I examine the problematic of revolutionary strategy and how it is under-theorized at the centres of global capitalism, often confused with the theory of organization.  Arguing that the theory of insurrection is often and uncritically accepted as normative, I discuss the necessity of returning to a critical engagement with the theory of strategy in the context of a modern capitalist military.  By examining Karl Liebknecht's examination of militarism, the a priori acceptance of the theory of insurrection by contemporary theorists in both the communist and anarchist traditions (i.e. Jodi Dean and the Invisible Committee), and the counter-tradition of protracted people's war, I demonstrate that the theory of insurrection is philosophically deficient, unable to account for the problems produced by capitalist militarism and pacification.

Author Biography

Joshua Moufawad-Paul, York University

Joshua Moufawad-Paul lives in Toronto and works as adjunct faculty at York University where he received his PhD in philosophy. His first book, The Communist Necessity, was published in 2014.

Published
2016-03-01