Massimo De Angelis — Foxes in Tokyo: Eight principles

Intervention presented at the panel “on the theory of contemporary capitalism for the anti-capitalist movement”, Tokyo, anti-G8 Forum, 30 June 2008


My parents were farmers, migrated into the city after WWII. They thought, supported by scores of popular stories and beliefs, that foxes were very smart animals. A way of thinking the question of the “theory of contemporary capitalism for the anti-capitalist movement” must be thought of like the problem of chicken for the fox: for the fox, the problem is how to outsmart the owner of the chicken; for anti-capitalists, it is how to outsmart the owners of capital and the politicians who, with their policies, try to enforce and reproduce capital vis-à-vis struggles. In other words, the question of theory is a question of how we problematise and conceptually frame strategy. Here I offer eight general principles that can help us to do so in the shaping of our theoretical understanding. I have no claim these principles are exhaustive, just a quite important starting point. <Download full PDF article>

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