Wednesday, July 15, 2009

A Warning to Those Who Have Stolen Our Word

This is a great article from Fire to the Prisons #5.

It’s not a case of in-fighting or immaturity, it’s a case of legitimate division, this is a call out for distinction. For almost ten years, which is many of my young life, I’ve been dedicating my attention, resources, and commitment to provoking agitation and trying to stimulate a desire for insurrection, and a vision of satisfaction with our everyday lives. More recently, either in response to our alleged post-911 era, or a “post-globalization” anarchist “movement,” I have noticed a distasteful transition in the norm when appointing certain behavior and thinking as anarchist (or anarcho whatever the fuck). The word “anarchist” communicates a desire or vision for the destruction of all constraint. A word that has been, and remains to be used as an identifier for the most incendiary and deep feelings of frustration we feel in our everyday lives.

Neglecting the different factions of anarchy that have come out of arguments collectively discussed in perceiving what is or is not dominating. It has always at least been indispensable to the anarchist identity to accept nothing else but the utter destruction and abandonment of all rituals, institutions, and appendages of domination, and no other response or recognition of these institutions was anarchist. For some, an understanding of this word remains. But in some of my more recent experiences where I’ve found myself in particular sub-cultural gatherings, I found our fire breathing desires behind such a term being stolen. I discovered this word I use to communicate my desires socially to be mis-used and disgraced, refined into a new type of veiled liberalism or lacking politic hiding itself in the aesthetic of an “anarchist sub-culture”.

Single issued politics: picking and choosing which oppression to prioritize, which company to pick, which community to organize, neglecting the totalistic nature of our current context. Voting: allowing ourselves to be deceived by the ritualistic political spectacles we are provided with by the elite, giving us a false sense of empowerment, all the while disgracing our struggle against all governing forces as one of compromise and faith in our enemy’s games of deception.

Even pacifism: a first world ideology more then encouraged by Hollywood’s presentation of dissent, a strategy of comfort, a strategy of insincerity, a strategy of resistance condoned by our enemy. A tactless tactic that serves the state, limits our resistance, prevents our struggle from becoming a threat, and making us look like a bunch of fucking hippies!?

Read the full article here.

1 comment:

  1. I think what is missing from Anarchism is a working class focus and that cultural lifestyle anarchism, anarcho-primitivism, or post-workerist tendencies are distracting, diffuse and divisive. I'd like to see more "class-struggle" Anarchism. When one looks at Anarchism today and the Anarchism of a life-long fighter like Lucy Parsons, it makes me feel ashamed. It seems as though if a movement lasts long enough the middle-class elements will take over and run any revolutionary group into the ground and ultimately pass over to liberalism.