In recent years, many anticapitalist thinkers have turned their attention to examining the complex logistics involved in the day-to-day reproduction of the capitalist system. An understanding of these logistics, it is hoped, will lead to more effective anticapitalist interventions. This growing current of thought has been dubbed “counterlogistics,” and now it has a reader entitled Short Circuit: A Counterlogistics Reader, with contributions from Jasper Bernes, Max L’Hameunasse, Tiqqun, and Leon de Mattis, among others. A PDF of the reader can be downloaded here. Below is an excerpt from the introduction:
Counterlogistics is not simply a matter of blocking all flows, of stopping movement, of locking things in place where they are. It is a matter of blocking those flows that constitute the material and metaphysical tissue of this world, while simultaneously enhancing our own ethical connections, movement, and friendship. Helping migrants to cross borders and remain undetected, helping information to cross through and within prison walls, destroying surveillance cameras, defending the basis of new worlds seized in opposition to the old—these are as important as blocking rail lines and disrupting commerce.
This book is a collection of critical texts focused on logistics, counterlogistics, and cybernetics. It attempts to combine some disparate groups and tendencies that have all taken a recent turn towards evaluating infrastructure and logistics as a crucial element in the perpetuation of capital and control, and as vulnerable points worthy of study, evaluation, and attack.