Endnotes is an irregularly published communist theoretical journal produced by a discussion group of the same name based in Britain and the US. The original group was formed in Brighton, UK in 2005 primarily from former members of the journal Aufheben, after a critical exchange between Aufheben and the French journal Théorie Communiste. A founding commitment of the group was to prioritise over publishing and other organisational commitments an open-ended but rigorous and regular debate. This has permitted the group’s discussion to range over a very wide terrain, from political Islam to the psychoanalytic theory of groups, though core themes throughout have been the theory of ‘communisation’ that emerged in the post-68 French ultra-left, and advances in ‘systematic dialectic’ and value-form theory which have occurred in the same period.
The first issue of the Endnotes journal, published in 2008, presented a debate between Troploin and Theorie Communiste on the character and meaning of the 20th Century revolutions, with the intention of initiating a wider discussion in the anglophone world around the theory of communisation. The second issue, published in 2010, presented some distillations of the group’s core debates, including: the compatibility of value-form theory and systematic dialectic with the theory of communisation; ways of theorising and periodising the history of the reproduction of the capitalist class relation; the relation of systematic dialectic to class struggle; the historical tendency of capital to create a surplus population.
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