"It really is a strange war that we’ve entered into, and that requires the production of worlds and languages, the opening of places, the building of homes, in the midst of a disaster."
"I believe that our present war is about building the Party, or rather; it’s about giving this deserted fiction a new content. We talk, we lick each other, we make a film, a party, a riot, we meet a friend, we share a meal, a bed, we love, in other words, we build the Party. Fictions are serious things; we need fiction to believe in the reality we’re living.""In the art of war, it is sometimes better to produce places and friendships than weapons and shields.""Wander the roads… If you weren’t so lost, you wouldn’t be so destined for encounters."
The coming insurrection"It’s useless to wait — for a breakthrough, for the revolution, the nuclear apocalypse or a social movement. To go on waiting is madness. The catastrophe is not coming, it is here. We are already situated within the collapse of a civilization. It is within this reality that we must choose sides."
"making that which is unconditional in relationships the armor of a political solidarity"
"a wild, massive experimentation with new arrangements, new fidelities."
"“Becoming autonomous,” could just as easily mean learning to fi in the street, to occupy empty houses, to cease working, to love each other madly, and to shoplift."
NOW“Despite that, it has never ceased to inform the world. If it continues to haunt it, it is because it does not proceed from any ideological fixation, but from a fundamental, immemorial, lived experience: that of community, which revokes so many economic axioms, as well as beautiful constructions of civilisation. There is never community as an entity, but only as an experience. It is that of the continuity with beings and with the world. In love, friendship, we have the experience of this continuity.” (127)
To our friends"Things and beings don’t occupy a geometric position, but affect it and are affected by it. Places are irreducibly loaded—with stories, impressions, emotions. A commune engages the world from its own place.
To remain stuck on the offensive plane is eventually to run out of cogent ideas and to make the abundance of means insipid. To stop moving theoretically is a sure way of being caught off guard by the movements of capital and of losing the ability to apprehend life as it’s lived where we are. To give up on constructing worlds with our hands is to resign oneself to a ghostly existence."
"the commune regards itself first of all as a concrete, situated rupture with the overall order of the world. e commune inhabits its territory—that is, it shapes it just as much as the territory offers it a dwelling place and a shelter. It forms the necessary ties there, it thrives on its memory, it finds a meaning, a language, in the land."
"thee commune addresses needs with a view to annihilating the being of need within us. Where a lack is felt, its elementary gesture is to nd the means to make it disappear as o en as it may present itself. ere are those “in need of a house”? One doesn’t just build one for them; one sets up a workshop where anyone can quickly build a house for themselves. A place is needed for meeting, hanging-out, or partying? One is occupied or built and also made available to those"
"who “don’t belong to the commune.” e question, as you can see, is not that of abundance, but of the disappearance of need, that is, participation in a collective power that can dispel the feeling of confronting the world alone."
"Only the fact of sensing that what one is doing, what one is living through, participates in a spirit, a force, a richness shared in common will enable us to be done with economy, that is, with calculation, measurement, with evaluation, with all that pe y accountant’s mentality which is everywhere the mark of resentment, in love as well as in the workshops."
"Every commune creates a political territory that extends out and rami es as it grows. It is in this movement that it marks out the paths leading to other communes, that it forms the lines and links making up our party."
"Our strength won’t come from our naming of the enemy, but from the effort made to enter one another’s geography."