“And Severino Di Giovanni’s actions were never violent for the sake of it. They were never indiscriminate or striking at anything at all in order to create a tension that would favour power and it’s politics of consolidation. They were always guided by a precise revolutionary reasoning: to strike the centres of power with punitive actions that find their justification in the State’s violence, and which were aimed at pushing the mass towards a revolutionary objective. Di Giovanni always took account of the situation of the mass, even though he was often accused of not having done so” JW & AMB
Anarchism and Violence
Severino Di Giovanni in Argentina by Osvaldo Bayer
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In a time of open hunt against anti-G20 protesters by the cops, the media and “the public” (including demands for a lynch law circulating on the internet), it is essential to remember those who were injured during protests against the G20 summit in Hamburg and the dozens who are still under investigation and caged by the German State. Continue reading
The Grenfell Tower disaster shows British capitalism up for what it is. It is brutal slavery masked up with the grey, smiling face of liberal democracy. The mask slips sometimes and we get to see the full horror of our rich and powerful masters clamouring desperately to put it back straight as quickly as possible before riots break out.
The toffs at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea were woeful in their response to a disaster waiting to happen. In any event the first responders in such a disaster are friends and neighbours. They rallied round, with the help of others who flooded into the area in a display of mutual aid and real democracy the like of which was startling. This ‘anarchy in action’ was amazing to see and even won a round of applause for poet Benjamin Zephaniah when he said we should have more of it in everyday life on the Frankie Boyle’s New World Order show. Continue reading
“Violence” is something new in history. We decadents are the first to know this curious thing: violence. Traditional societies knew of theft, blasphemy, parricide, abduction, sacrifice, insults and revenge. Modern States, beyond the dilemma of adjudicating facts, recognized only infractions of the Law and the penalties administered to rectify them. But they certainly knew plenty about foreign wars and, within their borders, the authoritarian disciplining of bodies. In fact, only the timid atom of imperial society … thinks of “violence” as a radical and unique evil lurking behind countless masks, an evil which it is so vitally important to identify, in order to eradicate it all the more thoroughly. For us, ultimately, violence is what has been taken from us, and today we need to take it back.
Tiqqun, Introduction to civil war
As a continuation of the collection of accounts of police violence-intervention from our last post, we share an essay by Peter Gelderloos on the function of the police within modern, capitalist society.
No radical politics is possible except against the police, for they are an integral and fundamental instrument in the reproduction of capitalist social relations. This does not mean however they they should become the object of any open and exclusive counter-violence; but rather, that all should be done to create conditions in which the violence of the police is rendered pointless and they themselves cease to be necessary.
In the mass protests-occupations of spain’s cities in 2011, for example, the police were often simply marginalised by the sheer scale of the mobilisations, or pushed back in many smaller, but determined, protests. The creation and defense of spaces of autonomy is only viable not against the police, but against the society as whole to which they belong. In other words, autonomy lies beyond policed societies. Continue reading
These days good news is great news.
Thylacinus cynocephalus, the Tasmanian tiger, has been once again spotted in the wild. Calling it a tiger is a misnomer; it’s actually a marsupial. So while it looks like a wild cat with a distinctly zebra-like stripe pattern towards the end of it’s back, it’s genetically closer to a kangaroo than a feline. As colonizers tore through Australia and Tasmania, the Tasmanian tiger was one of the casualties. The last one was believe to have died in 1936 in Tasmania’s Hobart Zoo.
This isn’t an unfamiliar story: the colonizers celebrating their bloodthirsty hubris by displaying the last of a species or society as a living curiosity to the world they destroyed. On March 3, 1869, William Lanney, the last known full-blood male of the exterminated Aboriginal population of Tasmania, had died. Nicknamed “King Billy,” he spent the last of his brief 34 years a bit of a local celebrity as his happy demeanor and sailor life rendered him both a citizen and a relic. Continue reading
With the deadline for the Scottish child abuse inquiry being only two weeks away we’ve tried to put together a really brief post for anyone who has struggled to know where to start.
Each little paragraph or description has the relevant links directly below it so it’s less confusing (hopefully!) For those who find that patronising, we apologise but this inquiry stretches decades before the use of computers and renders all us survivors incapable of cohesive trains of thought at our most difficult moments so bear with us! Continue reading
On 25 May, NATO will inaugurate its new headquarters in Brussels. A summit of the transatlantic organization will bring together all the heads of member states, including US President Donald Trump (for his first visit to Europe). In the context of the crisis of capitalism and the scarcity of natural and energy resources, tensions between the great powers for the control of the planet, its resources and for the domination of strategic areas (especially for the American Empire Increasingly threatened). To meet these needs, Western countries are developing their armed wing, NATO, to pursue their aggressive and imperialist policies. NATO is the military counterpart of the global domination of Western capitalism embodied by other international institutions such as the G20, the WTO, the IMF, and so on. Continue reading