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Thoughts on the Guardian Article “The end of Capitalism is Beginning”

My thoughts on the following article: The end of capitalism is beginning

This is a topic that I focus on a lot myself. There is this part where the author mentions that they are “just focusing on the economic” part of the equation. And that, the social and political part can be talked about by others. This is fair but they don’t in fact shy away from it towards the end and their conclusion gets messy.

Messy for the same reason a lot of these folks can’t handle the conclusion. There’s no way these “changes” can happen simply through economic and social planning. I really believe that a lot of it can happen that way and in fact, before we get to the sort of crisis that turns the table so to speak, as this author says “the right way” must be found. This would piss off a lot of anarchists but well for one, I don’t care and I think he is right.

Couple things that bother me about his specific view: He seems to rely way too much on a need to let the reader know that everything can be automated. I think he is doing this for academic reasons instead of following the natural conclusion that some manual labor probably won’t matter in the long run.

The insistence on the need for a state sounds somewhat Marxist and also academic. Like, instead of just following the natural conclusion that the state will wither away or go out with a bang within his theory he clings to it. For what reason, I am not sure but it would be great to hear an answer.

The criticism of Syriza and other late stage left formations is a bit weird. For whatever reason, it would seem obvious that the information age and the issues he talks about has given rise to these parties. It’s not a last ditch effort for them but a mid point of confusion in rapidly changing environment. One where the nation state is failing and the people who live in them try and respond.

Overall, even though there are clearly bothersome parts for anti-authoritarians it points out highly important aspects of what is upon us. His article seems to hit some walls with academic analysis at points and this prevents a consistent conclusions.

Lastly, I have noticed some criticism that is a constant headache for me, mainly the “it doesn’t seem as serious as the author says.” Basically folks who can’t grasp how important the information around us is. You are in the middle of a serious revolutionary period in human history. Deal with it.

Athens Saturday Update: Polling, Rioting, Rallying, Repression, International Attention & Meddling

NOTE: If you want to comment or contact me regarding this update please do so through Reddit or Twitter as the comment system on my blog is not really functional or useful

Might end up being a longer update. Thanks for the kind words and thanks on the last one. These past few days have been intense and busy as you can imagine.

1. International meddling in the crisis and referendum is at a fever pitch. I can’t even begin to detail the obvious propaganda aimed at Greece right now. The idea that we are having food shortages is a lie. ATM’s are all functioning with a limit for citizens with local banks. The ‘YES’ vote clearly has an international media company managing their campaign. The Youtube videos are ridiculous and look like something a USA media yuppie firm would create. What will happen next week is of course an open question but I will get to that in a moment.

2. Some truths. The air is thick with extreme tension everywhere. Even on the streets you see patience snap with fighting and pensioners upset at the money situation. There was a very depressing picture posted the other day that showed an older man crying outside an ATM. This isn’t hyperbole, people are afraid of what is coming.

3. So many foreign journalists are here. I keep running into them over and over and most are of course total idiots. Some are OK but even my friends who are journalists foreign and local are losing patience with some of them. A known holier than thou USA anarchist from USA showed up in Exarchia over the past few days and has almost gotten beaten up twice for different idiocy. This shit makes me and other internationals look bad and I beg anyone coming here to screw your fucking head on straight. Which knowing most USA radicals is near impossible.

4. The police have basically fanned out all through Athens. Acting how they did prior to Syriza being elected. Following alongside demonstrations, harassing people, checking papers, standing outside the Polytechnic gates, coming far into Exarchia in order to provoke clashes. It’s been bizarre though, the feared and hated DELTA squads are seemingly not around at night. Although yesterday a motorcycle demonstration was straight up attacked for no reason. It’s been nonsense and confusing as the police have mostly stood down the past few months. Life is scary and the air is thick. Rioting has been breaking out nightly in Exarchia and lasted till almost 6 AM this morning. There was clashes earlier yesterday on the edge of Syntagma when the motorbike demonstration was attacked.

5. On Wednesday there was a larger demonstration for YES than the previous NO demonstration. Last night there was a final NO demonstration which I guess could be thought of as a response to that YES demonstration. There were so many people, thousands and thousands.

6. The polling for the referendum is incredibly close. At this point it is too close too call but most people think the NO vote still has it. Check here for polling: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_bailout_referendum,_2015

Here is the link for the Greek elections site, if you are a nerd like me you will be able to watch them all roll in and it will be pretty clear by 9 or so Greek time what the result is
http://ekloges.ypes.gr/current/e/public/index.html?lang=en#{“cls”:”main”,”params”:{}}

Lastly, I am not going to lie. People fear what would happen if YES wins. Anarchists are somewhat split on whether to vote or not. I can personally see both sides and to be honest, my personal feeling is that most people can see both as well. What will happen after is really the question and I am not sure if anyone can answer it. Something feels different, it is in the air and to deny it is impossible. The past year in Greece has been a struggle and this may be part of the culmination. But there is a big question as to what it really means, what it signifies and how it will fit into a bigger picture.

Lastly let me wish my Greek friends luck, this isn’t “my fight” as much as it is theirs and there is no other position other than support, solidarity and risk. Fuck the international capitalists, the state apparatus and all of their supporters.

Thanks.

The Future is Ferguson and If You Aren’t Paying Attention…….

What exactly are you doing? If you don’t care you have an excuse, among radicals though, there is nothing more important. Nothing.

 

Collaboration with tyranny anywhere demands rebellion and solidarity

As life has been moving at light speed over the past few years it would be a lie to claim that the current revelation is any different.  During times of upheaval and tension it takes  a long time to shake out the truth.  In ten or maybe twenty years some of us might be able to talk about this latest twist with some certainty.  How do you face down the prospect that the entirety of the state apparatus of your city worked against you?  Worked to destroy you, methodically under the orders of both their immediate superiors and others.  I suppose the obvious answer is you learn what you can, move on and keep fighting.

Documents, thousands of pages detailing official police, politician and DHS correspondence in regards to the opposition movement locally have been released.  Much of it is not so surprising, at least to myself.  Most importantly you have the state, which lays out the plan and reasoning for destroying initiatives that threaten the status quo.  There are the expected collaborators, working against political organizations that threaten their goals.  There are those unexpected twists, the seemingly oblivious nature to how organizing works, confusion, lies and obfuscation even between departments.   At one point the Police claim that kids under 10 using finger paint on a sign were “teenagers with washable spray paint.” If that wasn’t enough, it was revealed that they have been sending undercover police officers into bars radicals frequent.

Of greater importance there are those spots, in the correspondence where the truth seeps through.  The piece that gets stuck in the throat of your average American who would rather hit the ignore button.  The liberal who has outrage only so far as their comfort.  The liberty minded patriot, willing to fight against government intrusion only when the opposing team is intruding.  The place in the American political landscape that is a caricature of itself.  The helpful realization that the people who struggle for change are always the outsiders, the radicals, the risk takers and the hated.  When society is swimming against you, keep moving in that direction.

” I am glad we are taking these folks seriously, when we do that, we win and they go home saddened ” 

Says Mr. Renwick, Homeland Defense Unit.  And why wouldn’t he feel this way?  Everyone who upholds the law believes the same as anyone who fights against it feels outrage.  The vast majority of people who make up the systems of control all over the world are similar in kind.  They come from similar backgrounds, they believe similar ideas and have similar goals.  These individuals make up a massive, overarching violent institution managed by the entire ruling class.  Does that bother you to hear?  If your inclination is to run away while cupping your ears and screaming, this is for you specifically.

” Which side are you on? “

There are two sides, those who fight the system is in its entirety and those who are willing accomplices.  You can choose to be silent in the face of tyranny, that is of greater respectability than those who would sell you out.  Such as the liberal activists on a quest for
“unity” intended to protect their privilege in the face of tyranny.  Always at the expense of those who struggle against it.  Unity now can only be defined as that principle in which we never compromise with those that want to destroy us.  The people who disagree are the people who condone violence, harassment, intrusion and disruption from the most violent institution in the world.  Non-violence means never working with the state, its politicians or institutions in any capacity.

Assumption, Reaction, Solidarity

The state, capital and institutions of control are taking us seriously because the future of their project demands our obedience.  And it is more pressing, the global uprising radicalized thousands in the United States.  Many people, when the time comes will be willing to stand up and confront this sick machine openly, without begging politicians or marching in circles.  The state knows this, they know that it is different now.  That time is coming very soon, war and austerity are coming.  We all know it.

Our reaction to the state revealing its intention does not have to be a loss.  We need to use this as a jumping point in any way we can.  Support your friends, challenge your community, participate and propagandize and be ready for what is coming.  Just last night, I sat down with many people and surprisingly heard collectively that this attack if anything demands solidarity.  It demands that we show our strength in the face of empire, without fear.  And that is no joke, the people I know are not afraid, they are energized.

Five thousand or so pages of documents detailing the states suppression of opposition movements here: Source Documents

 

 

Thoughts on capital and an organic need for gun control

Overall, during the current crisis a few acceptable and somewhat distinct trends are emerging in relation to the management of violence.  While these trends play out, the need for comprehensive gun control is becoming much more necessary.  The acceptable positions are as follows:

  • More guns more freedom defend the second amendment
  • Restrict citizens rights to own guns
  • Provide a greater range of mental health options

For decades, second amendment crusaders have been victorious in defending and pushing guns for all.  Or at least for most, felons are excluded completely and if you are non white you don’t want to get caught with a gun, legal or not.  But for most, the ease of obtaining a weapon is widespread and a part of the American cultural landscape.

There are many parts to this cultural lexicon with the Second Amendment being just one.  American wealth and dominance is another part, a part that is currently in massive crisis.  And within this crisis certain cultural characteristics are beginning to fracture and blur.  They are doing so out of necessity in order to maintain economic and overall social normality.

Massive concentrations of wealth demand sacrifice by those without it

If any point is made here it’s that during times of mass crises, those in power will stay in power by sapping the life of those with none.  The upper classes will use violence and propaganda in order to suppress any threat.  Let’s be real here, last week unions were stripped of their power in Michigan! Michigan, the most recent historical home of fighting unionism. The originator of the sit down strike! What was the narrative that emerged?  Violent union workers rip down tent because they didn’t get what they want.

When markets and capital are in crisis they will dictate what is needed for survival.  And when necessary, the state will follow through on these needs.

Advocates for the second amendment state that if everyone had a gun there would be much less worry for mass violent homegrown tragedy.  The acceptable gun control argument is generally hysterical, such as “we have had enough of this, its time to ban guns.”  And even though the vast majority of gun control arguments are emotional, the core element is correct:

Banning guns will get rid of gun violence

For the past 20 years the proliferation of mood altering medication has skyrocketed.  So much so that different classes of mental disease have been created.  Much of this medication and diagnosis has been designed to help individuals navigate through the modern American cultural milieu.  The problems that crisis creates exacerbates the unique problems that are already present in the average American citizen.  For the past 20 years the sink or swim, work hard, bootstrap mentality has experienced increasing strain.  And with that strain comes:

Stress

Not just stress on the average individual but extreme stress on anybody that does not fit in.  The propaganda dictates that you need to pull yourself up by your bootstraps, and if you can’t, society owes you nothing.  So the problem/solution is:

Capital dictates that if you do not fit within the markets, you have no use for society.  And it is capital that creates the solution, medication.

But now, this solution is failing, medication is no longer able to cope with the increasing stress imposed from the current crisis. More and more people are beginning to crack and with it there is an increasing strain on the social fabric that may be, at this moment in time, unacceptable.  You could make the argument that mass tragedies inject fear that is overall positive for the markets.  Although, with the quick 24 hour news cycle, tragedy is mostly just an impediment to spending.

The only solution to the question of random violence if you support the status quo, the current incarnation of American society and capital is gun control.

Medication has failed, second amendment arguments will not combat stress and you can’t monitor everyone at all times, yet.  There is no acceptable solution that does not appease the march of wealth.  There is no market for less work and more play as a means to combat stress.   Criticizing the isolation of mass technology and the extreme toll it enacts on your body is counterproductive to the American Dream.

We need to take away guns from people who can’t physically and mentally handle what we support any longer.