Kevin Van Meter
Reading Struggles is the website of Organizer, Autonomist, and Author of Guerrillas of Desires and the forthcoming title Reading Struggles, amongst other things.
Autonomists begin with a workers’ inquiry by “reading struggles,” recording everyday resistance and overt rebellions, as the working class creates new relationships and new subjectivities, escapes capitalist command (even temporarily), and is recomposed (and often decomposed) vis-à-vis its struggle with capitalism and the state apparatus.
Kevin Van Meter’s eloquent and provocative book Guerillas of Desire gave me a whole new way to think about organizing.
Few have approached radical theory with the rigor and skill of Kevin Van Meter. Empowering, lucid, and inspiring, Guerrillas of Desire provides an exhaustive (and much needed) retooling of anarchism that will align the dreams of ‘becoming revolutionaries’ with the reality of everyday resistance.
Beautifully written, Guerrillas of Desire shows the power of the refusal of work of those
capitalism has subjugated…
editor at LABOR NOTES
author of AGAINST THE FASCIST CREEP
author of CALIBAN AND THE WITCH
Kevin Van Meter is an autonomist and union
organizer based in the Pacific Northwest. He is author of Guerrillas of Desire: Notes on Everyday Resistance and
Organizing to Make a Revolution Possible
published by AK Press, amongst other works.
As an activist, organizer, and public intellectual, Van Meter’s efforts focus on mutual aid, working-class self-activity, the refusal of work, and everyday forms of resistance. Dr. Van Meter holds a PhD in Geography, serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Labor and Society, and is affiliated faculty with the Labor Education and Research Center at the University of Oregon.