NEITHER VERTICAL NOR HORIZONTAL: A THEORY OF POLITICAL ORGANIZATION
29 September 2022
How do we organise in a world after both Occupy and the Sanders campaign? For something so often described as essential, political organisation remains a surprisingly under-theorised field. In Neither Vertical nor Horizontal: A Theory of Political Organization, Nunes redefines the terms of organisational theory, and argues that organisation must be understood as always supposing a diverse ecology of different initiatives and organisational forms. Drawing from a wide array of sources and traditions Nunes develops a grammar that eschews easy oppositions between ‘verticalism’ and ‘horizontalism’, and offers a fresh approach to enduring issues like spontaneity, leadership, democracy, strategy, populism, revolution, and the relationship between movements and parties.
Franco “Bifo” Berardi offered the following commentary on Neither Vertical Nor Horizontal and its innovative look into political theory: “This is the book we’ve been waiting for: Rodrigo Nunes systematically assesses the problems the left has faced since the Occupy movement and its failure. A must-read for the activists of our time.” Professor Nunes also will discuss his work on the subjectivity of Bolsonarism.
Rodrigo Nunes is professor of modern and contemporary philosophy at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio). Nunes holds a PhD in philosophy from Goldsmiths College (2009) and is the author of Neither Vertical Nor Horizontal. A Theory of Political Organisation (2021) and Organisation of the Organisationless: Collective Action After Networks (2014), as well as articles in publications such as Les Temps Modernes, Radical Philosophy, South Atlantic Quarterly, Jacobin, Al Jazeera, and The Guardian. He has been involved in several initiatives in Brazil and in Europe as both an organizer and educator, including the first editions of the World Social Forum.