an inventory of traces

an inventory of traces: revolutionary social forces is a blog collecting my political writing. I will also use it as a space to write reflections on my daily community organizing work, in order to establish an archive of DTES organizing in this 21st century.

The title come from Gramsci, quoted by Edward Said in a Ann McClintock collection:

“The starting point of critical elaboration is the consciousness of what one really is, and is ‘knowing thyself’ as a product of the historical process to date which has deposited in you an infinity of traces, without leaving an inventory. It is important therefore to make an inventory.” (Antonio Gramsci, Prison Notebooks)

This blog develops from my first blog, Against Exceptionalism which was launched mostly to publish statements and ruminations on Fire This Time. The theme of that blog felt restrictive, and I hope launching this new one will free me to write more freely. Although I’ve wrote a number of articles before 2007, most were written when I was a member of Fire This Time (FTT), and are not worth archiving b/c they are mostly quite dogmatic and uninteresting.

traces is divided in two:

1) collected articles, which are of more finished and careful form, are often published elsewhere and include links to other sites and all the articles from my first blog; and
2) blog posts, which are… well… blog posts. I’ve never been very good at making blog posts b/c I got very anxious about writing while I was in a leftist cult (FTT); and my post-cult loss of confidence didn’t help much either.

I intend this blog to be demonstrative of my political thinking, which I strive to be a path of challenging dogmas and certainties, to move towards understanding the rich tensions, contradictions, mutual dialectics, syntheses of social forces.

I hope this blog can be a connection between my thinking work and the social lives and acts of others… a hub I badly need.

Solidarity and love,

Ivan

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