A Novel Form of Protest

The Leaning Tower of Pisa occupied by students, November 24, 2010

«It could be interesting to look closely at the classics the students chose to put on their shields. Let’s look at the frontline.
Boccaccio’s Decameron, which is about people sharing stories while waiting for the plague to end.
Asimov’s The Naked Sun, which is the description of a world where humans no longer touch each other.
Melville’s Moby Dick, which is an epic tale of obsession.
Cervantes’ Don Quixote, ie the story of a proud, noble man led astray by an obsolete ideology (the chivalrous one).
Petronius’ Satyricon, that is, the description of a greedy, decadent power.
Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer, that is, a piece of «auto-fiction», a scandalous mix of autobiography and fiction.
Lenin’s What Is To Be Done?, which deals with the problem of organization.
Deleuze & Guattari’s A Thousand Plateaux, that is, the theme of nomadism, the nomadic war machine.
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New Whatever Singularities

I think I may have found Claire Fontaine’s cousin!

Wu Ming.  They were initially a group that used the Luther Blissett nom de plome to write an anarcho-syndicalist novel and manifesto, later creating a new collective identity to continue their work.

Here’s a funny video introduction:

For more background info, check out the wiki page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wu_Ming

They have written a ton of stuff (http://www.wumingfoundation.com/italiano/downloads.shtml).  A recent critique of summit protests has been making the rounds (also published as the preface to the Verso Revolution series book on Luther- http://www.wumingfoundation.com/english/wumingblog/?p=1014

Of personal interest appear to be their satire of primitivism Guerra agli Umani (War on the Humans).  Too bad it’s only in Italian and French.