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  • CrimethInc. in Scandinavia and the Balkans 27 Aug 2014 | 2:41 am CrimethInc. Far East Blog

    This coming month, CrimethInc. operatives will offer two presentations in Scandinavia about the new wave of global revolts and a three-week speaking tour in the Balkans on the theme “After the Crest,” discussing the life cycle of social movements. Catharsis, one of the flagship bands of passionate anarchic hardcore, will also be playing a rare […]

  • Ex-Worker #27: Anti-Police Riots in Ferguson 25 Aug 2014 | 12:20 am CrimethInc. Far East Blog

    #27: Anti-Police Riots in Ferguson – Since the murder of Mike Brown by police on August 9th, Ferguson, Missouri has been the site of intense riots, looting, and clashes with police. In this episode, we share first-hand accounts from participants and reflections on the rebellion, as well as an analysis which unpacks the designation of […]

  • The Making of “Outside Agitators” 20 Aug 2014 | 11:32 pm CrimethInc. Far East Blog

    On August 19, ten days after police murdered Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, a slew of corporate media stories appeared charging that “criminals” and “outside agitators” were responsible for clashes during the protests. CNN alleged that “all sides agree there are a select number of people—distinct from the majority of protesters—who are fomenting violence,” quoting […]

  • What They Mean when They Say Peace 18 Aug 2014 | 6:29 pm CrimethInc. Far East Blog

    “I’m committed to making sure the forces of peace and justice prevail,” Missouri Governor Jay Nixon said in Ferguson on Saturday, August 16, after a week of conflicts sparked by the police murder of teenager Michael Brown. “If we’re going to achieve justice, we first must have and maintain peace.” Is that how it works—first […]

  • Staying Safe in the Streets 14 Aug 2014 | 9:35 pm CrimethInc. Far East Blog

    In view of the ongoing police violence in Ferguson, Missouri, comrades have requested that we post some new material about how participants in protests can protect themselves in the streets. If you are participating in dangerous protests, especially if you are part of a group targeted by police violence, please take steps to minimize the […]

  • The Ex-Worker #26: Anarcha-Feminism, Part I 7 Aug 2014 | 4:51 am CrimethInc. Far East Blog

    #26: Anarcha-Feminism, Part I: Introduction and Herstory – What is anarcha-feminism, and what contribution has it made to both feminism and anarchism? The Ex-Worker is back with our longest episode to date as we kick off a series exploring anarcha-feminism in the past and present. After framing the issue and dealing with some thorny questions […]

  • ‘This Phone is Tapped’ Stickers Retired 30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm CrimethInc. Far East Blog

    After eleven years in service with nearly half a million copies deployed by CrimethInc. agents around the world, we are sad to announce the retiring of our This Phone is Tapped stickers. Sad, because we had hoped to retire them after defeating the rule of ubiquitous surveillance on every form of remote communication, but unfortunately […]

  • Ex-Worker #25: The Brazil World Cup Protests 17 Jul 2014 | 1:50 am CrimethInc. Far East Blog

    #25: The Brazil World Cup Protests – The recent World Cup prompted widespread protests across Brazil. In our 25th episode, we discuss why these protests took place, who participated, and how they connected to the uprisings of the last year. We share an audio collage of protest voices, an interview with Brazilian anarchists, and a […]

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A letter from anarchists. PDF Print E-mail



Support and solidarity! We’re inspired by the occupations on Wall Street and elsewhere around the world. Finally, people are taking to the streets again! The momentum around these actions has the potential to reinvigorate protest and resistance. We hope these occupations will increase both in numbers and in substance, and we’ll do our best to contribute to that. ---- Why should you listen to us? In short, because we’ve been at this a long time already. We’ve spent decades struggling against capitalism, organizing occupations, and making decisions by consensus. If this new movement doesn’t learn from the mistakes of previous ones, we run the risk of repeating them. We’ve summarized some of our hard-won lessons here.

For a counter-occupation to be meaningful, it has to begin from history. Better yet, it should embrace the history of resistance extending from indigenous self-defense and slave revolts through the various workers’ and anti-war movements right up to the recent anti-globalization movement.

The “99%” is not one social body, but many. Some occupiers have presented a narrative in which the “99%” is characterized as a homogenous mass. The faces intended to represent “ordinary people” often look suspiciously like the predominantly white, law-abiding middle-class citizens we’re used to seeing on television programs, even though such people make up a minority of the general population.

It’s a mistake to whitewash over our diversity. Not everyone is waking up to the injustices of capitalism for the first time now; some populations have been targeted by the power structure for years or generations. Middle-class workers who are just now losing their social standing can learn a lot from those who have been on the receiving end of injustice for much longer.

The problem isn’t just a few “bad apples.” The crisis is not the result of the selfishness of a few investment bankers; it is the inevitable consequence of an economic system that rewards cutthroat competition at every level of society. Capitalism is not a static way of life but a dynamic process that consumes everything, transforming the world into profit and wreckage. Now that everything has been fed into the fire, the system is collapsing, leaving even its former beneficiaries out in the cold. The answer is not to revert to some earlier stage of capitalism—to go back to the gold standard, for example; not only is that impossible, those earlier stages didn’t benefit the “99%” either. To get out of this mess, we’ll have to rediscover other ways of relating to each other and the world around us.

Police can’t be trusted. They may be “ordinary workers,” but their job is to protect the interests of the ruling class. As long as they remain employed as police, we can’t count on them, however friendly they might act. Occupiers who don’t know this already will learn it firsthand as soon as they threaten the imbalances of wealth and power our society is based on. Anyone who insists that the police exist to protect and serve the common people has probably lived a privileged life, and an obedient one.

Don’t fetishize obedience to the law. Laws serve to protect the privileges of the wealthy and powerful; obeying them is not necessarily morally right—it may even be immoral. Slavery was legal. The Nazis had laws too. We have to develop the strength of conscience to do what we know is best, regardless of the laws.

To have a diversity of participants, a movement must make space for a diversity of tactics. It’s controlling and self-important to think you know how everyone should act in pursuit of a better world. Denouncing others only equips the authorities to delegitimize, divide, and destroy the movement as a whole. Criticism and debate propel a movement forward, but power grabs cripple it. The goal should not be to compel everyone to adopt one set of tactics, but to discover how different approaches can be mutually beneficial.

Don’t assume those who break the law or confront police are agents provocateurs. A lot of people have good reason to be angry. Not everyone is resigned to legalistic pacifism; some people still remember how to stand up for themselves. Police violence isn’t just meant to provoke us, it’s meant to hurt and scare us into inaction. In this context, self-defense is essential.

Assuming that those at the front of clashes with the authorities are somehow in league with the authorities is not only illogical—it delegitimizes the spirit it takes to challenge the status quo, and dismisses the courage of those who are prepared to do so. This allegation is typical of privileged people who have been taught to trust the authorities and fear everyone who disobeys them.

No government—that is to say, no centralized power—will ever willingly put the needs of common people before the needs of the powerful. It’s naïve to hope for this. The center of gravity in this movement has to be our freedom and autonomy, and the mutual aid that can sustain those—not the desire for an “accountable” centralized power. No such thing has ever existed; even in 1789, the revolutionaries presided over a “democracy” with slaves, not to mention rich and poor.

That means the important thing is not just to make demands upon our rulers, but to build up the power to realize our demands ourselves. If we do this effectively, the powerful will have to take our demands seriously, if only in order to try to keep our attention and allegiance. We attain leverage by developing our own strength.

Likewise, countless past movements learned the hard way that establishing their own bureaucracy, however “democratic,” only undermined their original goals. We shouldn’t invest new leaders with authority, nor even new decision-making structures; we should find ways to defend and extend our freedom, while abolishing the inequalities that have been forced on us.

The occupations will thrive on the actions we take. We’re not just here to “speak truth to power”—when we only speak, the powerful turn a deaf ear to us. Let’s make space for autonomous initiatives and organize direct action that confronts the source of social inequalities and injustices.

Thanks for reading and scheming and acting. May your every dream come true.

 
Join us at the Really Really Free Market this Saturday PDF Print E-mail

Come join us at the Really Really Free Market this Saturday!

30 July · 11:30 - 17:00

Cnr Greenfield rd and Gleneagles rd, Greenside.

 

 

What it's about:

The Really Really Free Market is a place where everything is FREE! It's a day of giving and recieving gifts! A day when we cast off the burden of the rat race that capitalism has laid on us. A day when we can forget about working in the exchange economy the jobs we hate, just to get the resources we need just to survive. Instead for this day we can act like anarchism is real and everyday after that if we so chose. Because lets face it, the free market is anything but free. the opposite of trade is freedom itself. Gifts are free, gifts create friends, gifts create communities that look out for each other and are able to fight off government thugs. Gifts insure that everybody in your community has enough to eat. The act of gifting underpins a whole new world. One that we can only create together, as equals.

We believe in a new world, a world free of charge, where no-one is boss and no-one ever goes hungry again. a World that we create hand in hand as comrades in arms.

In order to make the day unforgettable bring yourselves and some friends and come hang out with us in sunny Greenside!

There will be food stalls sponsored by Food Not Bombs, second hand clothing stalls, music, socializing and radical thinking. Bring along anything you want to give away and if you like playing an instrument, bring it along too!

For more info, or to find out how you can get involved, call: 0824942140 or 0827891488

Join the event on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=152328528175461


Мы пролили твою кровь, но рана не опасна, сказал один из них, обращаясь ко мне на своем родном языке.

Мустангер отдал бы лошадь, целый табун лошадей, лишь бы подтвердилось, что щедрый подарок прислан Луизой Пойндекстер.

Велел ее заправить маслом и бросить туда "The saboteur русификатор" мои собственные макароны, сэкономленные за все последнее время.

И меня поразило, насколько смешно это было, что я делал.

Он вырвал стилет и повернул его лезвием ко мне.

Сейчас мне не хотелось бы вас расспрашивать.

Новоявленный человек с трудом поднялся на ноги, споткнулся, потом с воем бросился вперед к колоннам.

Всю жизнь мечтала но "Как устроен автомобиль" ничего никогда не происходило.

Поймав оружие, Римо отщелкнул обойму и для надежности резко отвел назад курок.

 


All rites reversed. You may reproduce any content on this site at will, with or without bothering to let us know.

Fall in love, join the revolution!

 

 

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