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Guillotines, Vengeance and Revolutionary Optimism

This post was originally published on this site

This year on May Day in Toronto, anarchists and radicals brought a replica guillotine to a rally at Queen’s Park, leading to outrage in the mainstream media and government calls for a police investigation.

In light of this, and in a context where guillotine memes and other gestures towards political violence are becoming more popular, we spoke with an author of the article Against the Logic of the Guillotine published on the CrimethInc website. We discuss the ideas in the article, and tease out some of the philosophical tensions that underpin it.

Music: L’Interrogatorio di Sante Caserio and Sante Caserio by From the Depths