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  • The Ex-Worker #22: Ukraine 23 Apr 2014 | 6:24 pm CrimethInc. Far East Blog

    #22: Ukraine – This week on the Ex-worker, we’re responding to a few listener requests and presenting an analysis of the situation in Ukraine, largely borrowed from our recent feature The Ukrainian Revolution and the Future of Social Movements. We’ll also hear an interview with a member of Belarus Anarchist Black Cross about repression in […]

  • Steal Something from Work Day 2014 15 Apr 2014 | 3:45 pm CrimethInc. Far East Blog

    Happy Steal Something from Work Day! Every April 15, on Tax Day, when the government robs us to pay for the police and bureaucrats who extort us, we observe Steal Something from Work Day. On this day—like every day of the year—millions of workers across the country smuggle whatever we can out of the workplace […]

  • New Zine about Capitalism and Anxiety 14 Apr 2014 | 5:39 pm CrimethInc. Far East Blog

    This week, our friends will be touring the Northwest to speak about the political dimensions of care and how it can perpetuate or subvert systems of oppression. Among other publications, they will be distributing a zine version of “We Are All Very Anxious: Six Theses on Anxiety and Why It is Effectively Preventing Militancy, and […]

  • Episode #21: Communism & Socialism, pt.2 10 Apr 2014 | 10:25 pm CrimethInc. Far East Blog

    #21: Communism and Socialism, pt.2 – We’re back with the second installment of our exploration of anarchism’s complicated relationship with communism. Ex-worker’s Russia correspondents Misha and Anastasia come to us through the fuzzy airwaves of history, reporting live from the Russian revolution and what the anarchists are up to…. we’ll see how that goes. We’ll […]

  • Presenting Rolling Thunder #11! 5 Apr 2014 | 9:18 pm CrimethInc. Far East Blog

    This one goes to eleven! We are pleased to inaugurate the second series of Rolling Thunder, our anarchist journal of dangerous living, with a new issue full of adventure and analysis. Whether you’re a committed revolutionary looking for the latest strategic reflections from the front lines, or you simply enjoy the gripping tales of suspense […]

  • CrimethInc. Events on Three Continents 1 Apr 2014 | 6:25 pm CrimethInc. Far East Blog

    This April, CrimethInc. operatives will speak in ten countries on three continents. In Europe, we’ve organized a seven-nation speaking tour to discuss the role of anarchism in the unfolding wave of global revolts and promote the forthcoming German translation of Work from our friends with Black Mosquito. In the Pacific Northwest, contributors to Self as […]

  • Episode #20: Communism & Socialism, pt.1 26 Mar 2014 | 6:14 pm CrimethInc. Far East Blog

    #20: Communism and Socialism, pt.1 – Your patience has paid off—we now present to you, dear listeners, the first part of a massive, two-part episode clarifying the age-old question: how are anarchists different from communists and socialists? In the first part, we’ll be covering some basic definitions of communism and socialism, and dive headlong into […]

  • Ukraine & the Future of Social Movements 17 Mar 2014 | 9:08 pm CrimethInc. Far East Blog

    We have heard terrifying stories from the revolution in Ukraine: anarchists participating in anti-government street-fighting behind nationalist banners, anarchist slogans and historical figures appropriated by fascists… a dystopia in which familiar movements and strategies reappear with our enemies at the helm. This text is a clumsy first attempt to identify the important questions for anarchists […]

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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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