You might be forgiven for thinking this a non-story, but Pluto’s blog operates in the murky hinterland between propaganda and straight-up news. Richard Seymour, contributor to Pluto’s new edited collection What We Are Fighting For: A Radical Collective Manifesto, is also the man behind his more famous nom de plume, ‘Lenin’. Plugging the new book from the comfort of his online Tomb, Seymour writes:
I have contributed an essay to this collection, What We Are Fighting For, published by Pluto Press. It follows from last year’s conference at the ICA, which sought to deal with some of the political, strategic dilemmas posed by Occupy. It features Peter Hallward, David Graeber, John Holloway, Nina Power, Mark Fisher, Zillah Eisenstein, Dan Hind, Owen Jones, Hilary Wainwright and other excellent contributors. It also features, as I just mentioned, me. I’m in there. Buy it. Buy it or you’re not my friend any more.**(See, this is what happens when you become a member of the petty bourgeois intelligentsia – non-stop hawking of your own wares, all relations subordinated to the cash nexus, all sentimental bonds drowned in the icy waters of egoistic calculation. No, but seriously.)
A Radical Collective Manifesto
Edited by Federico Campagna and Emanuele Campiglio
Visions of a different society run in the interests of the 99%. Leading activist voices answer the question the media loves to ask the protesters.
“Here are the first flowers of spring: the beginning of an epochal dialogue about the human future. Inspired by the Occupy movements across the world, What We Are Fighting For should inspire all of us to join the conversation.” – Mike Davis, author of Planet of Slums and City of Quartz
“This collection provides a rallying point for all those who resist the dogmas of contemporary politics and seek a fresh set of alternatives. What We Are Fighting For is a manifesto full of urgent, articulate responses to the current situation.” – Simon Critchley, Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy at the New School, New York, and author of The Faith of the Faithless (2012).